People often ask me if the colours in my landscape photography have been enhanced in some way. My answer is always the same - I tell people that if they stop the next time they are outside at sunrise or sunset and take the time to stop and watch the landscape, they will see amazing colours too....Read More
So named because of its dangerous currents, the Murder Hole in County Donegal is easily the most ruggedly beautiful beach that I know of. County Donegal, in which it lies, is a largely overdeveloped area which seemingly has a holiday home built on every hillside. However, the beauty of this beach is futureproofed by the nature of the surrounding terrain.Read More
Urris is a seascape photographer's dream...Read More
I visited Roe Valley Park near Limavady to capture some autumn colours. I was not left disappointed and I hope you enjoy reading about my short adventure in this beautiful gorge.Read More
A landscape photographer's guide to Dunluce Castle, County Antrim, Northern Ireland.Read More
The landscape photograph above was taken from Portstewart using my Canon 6D and Canon 70-300mm L lens. I was facing west towards the hills of northern County Donegal, Ireland.
As a landscape photographer I often experience spectacular light. However, it isn't very often that I experience light as unusual as in the shot above.
Throughout the afternoon the weather over the north coast of Ireland had been mixed. Scattered cloud rolled lazily through the skies, as did overcast and clearer patches of weather. For landscape photographers this is ideal, it adds variation and interest to compositions.
The closer it got to sunset, which was at 19:20 on this late September evening, the cloudier it got. About an hour before sunset it was totally overcast and I couldn't see a single clear patch in the sky.
I decided to drive to Portstewart Strand, with the aim of photographing the wooden posts on the beach there. I thought that even if I couldn't capture any dramatic light then the strong shapes would add something to the landscape photograph I intended to take which was of waves crashing around the poles. Upon my arrival at the beach I was dismayed to find that the tide was too far out for my plan to work.
I decided to head to the rocky shore to the east of the beach. While I had been driving to the beach I noticed an orange glow on the hills shown in this photograph. I thought a large structure must have been on fire due to the intensity of the colour. However, 15 minutes later while I stood on the rocks, the 'fire' in the distance grew and grew in size until the colour started to fill the sky. I then realised that somewhere in the distance there must be a small hole in the clouds letting the last light of the day through.
This was the first time I have seen something like this happen. So, although this landscape photograph is far from being my best, I'm happy to call it unique in my gallery!
On a recent trip to Ballintoy the sky was a landscape photographer's dream - full of colour and interesting clouds. I was really pleased with a number of colour photographs I captured and I talk about them a bit below.
However, as I looked through my photographs in Adobe Lightroom this composition caught my eye. I really loved the movement in the waves and the patterns in the clouds. I don't often consider producing black and white landscape photographs as the colour of sunset and sunrise are so spectacular and visually appealing. There was something about this image, perhaps the simple shapes and dark rocks, that made me think it suited the style very well.
I post to several landscape photography internet forums and groups. The feedback I received on this landscape photograph was good, but there was quite a bit of debate about the white pebble lying on the beach! I purposely composed the landscape photograph to include the pebble - I feel it filled up the negative space and anchored the image. Many people, approximately 2/3, felt that the pebble distracted from the rest of the image. Feel free to contact me with your own opinion!
Here are some of my colour landscape photographs from that evening:
A landscape photographer's guide to photographing the Skerries, off the coast of Portrush, Northern Ireland.Read More
Donegal has a wide selection of stunning beaches and coves for the landscape photographer to choose from, but this is one of my favourites. It faces west and gets good light during sunset at any time of year....Read More
A disaster at the Dark Hedges, County Antrim, Northern Ireland.Read More