Landscape photography in Ireland

Full moon over Belfast

Full moon over Belfast

Landscape Photography

I travelled to Ireland recently to photograph a wedding and decided to stay on for a week to capture some of the beautiful landscape there.  I recently bought a special filter (10 stop ND) which slows the exposure down to minutes rather than fractions of a second which means any moving water appears as a silky mass.  I had already sorted out a few locations I wanted to travel to, at ungodly times of the day in some cases.  I wanted to take some shots at The Giant’s Causeway at sunset and sunrise.  I booked into a wonderful B&B for only £35 per night which was about 17 miles from the Causeway and headed off before sunset to get my shots.  The one thing I forgot to take into consideration was that when you are trying to get close to the sea the rocks are incredibly slippery!!  Not what you want when carrying several thousands of pounds of camera gear around 😀.  I managed to get to a couple of different spots but of course you don’t have a great deal of time to get to many different ones as crossing the hexagonal basalt is difficult even though the surface is somewhat flat.  I managed to get some shots that I thought would turn out well and went back to the B&B and set my alarm for 4:30am to catch the sunrise at the Causeway.  I managed to drag myself out of bed and into the car only to find I had 23 miles worth of petrol left and even if it were the middle of the day there aren’t many petrol stations around on the north coast.  So as I was up I headed for Ballycastle beach where I had taken a couple of long exposure shots the day before.  During the day cloud formations appear dragged with the ND filter in place.  Thankfully I managed to get some nice sunrise shots there.

I also went to a place called Tollymore Forest Park near Newcastle and thought it was one of the best places I have ever visited.  There was hardly anyone about and the forest area was full of bluebells, tweeting birds and the sound of babbling water nearby.  A river runs through the forest and there are some stepping stones at one point which take you across it.  You can see from the shots why Ireland is known as ‘The Emerald Isle’.  I also went to a local beauty spot famous for its waterfalls called Crumlin Glen where I could try some more long exposure shots.

I had arranged to meet up with a couple of lady bikers at ‘The Dark Hedges’, which is famous for being a location from ‘The Game of Thrones’ TV series, and well over twenty turned up!! It is a truly amazing location, perfect for photography.  You can see the images in another blog post.

All in all I had a fantastic trip and intend to go back again very soon to capture some more of the amazing landscape.

Giant's Causeway sunset

Giant’s Causeway at sunset

Ballycastle beach wide

Ballycastle beach long exposure making the clouds streak

Ballycastle sunrise

Ballycastle beach at sunrise

Glenariff waterfall

One of the magical waterfalls in Glenariff Forest

Waterfoot beach panorama

Panorama of the golden beach at Waterfoot (click on image to see full photo)

Waterfoot beach driftwood

Driftwood on the deserted beach at Waterfoot

Crumlin Glen waterfall long shot

Crumlin Glen Waterfall

Crumlin Glen waterfall

Crumlin Glen waterfall in wonderful sunlight

Crumlin Glen waterfall down stream

Crumlin Glen waterfall down stream

Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge

Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge. Precariously strung over 30 meters above the waves!!

Carrick-a-Rede view

Carrick-a-Rede view

Dragon tree

Is it me or is there a dragon in the woods?

Landscape photography in IrelandRay Kearney

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