In the Field - Beara Peninsula, West Cork

Southern Storm - West Cork

For the past week I have photographed the wild beauty of the Beara peninsula in West Cork. It's Ireland, so as usual the weather has been a mixed bag! Amazing light for the first few days, and now on my last night, stomping across the rain-sodden bog, the weather is as it has been for the last few days, crap!! ( sorry for the language )

In hope, I am peering through a 5D Mk11 & a 70-200 F4 lens into the murk, hoping, trying to craft an image from the scene before me.

On the far side of the bay, patches of light momentarily appear across the distant Iveragh peninsula, only to be smothered by an encroaching blanket of darkness from the South West. 

As another downpour power piles in, I can't help but feel, that these type of conditions tell the story of this part of Ireland, better than any of the "pretty" blue sky images I took earlier in the week. .

The monochromatic look, brings me back to my days of shooting Fuji Neopan, and the long nights standing under an enlarger, burning and dodging prints.

Pre-visualising those burns and dodges, the shutter is tripped.

Southern Storm, Co.Kerry

Southern Storm, Co.Kerry

All images are © Peter McCabe