In The Field | Chasing Waves

I spent a couple of days in one of the remotest parts of North West Ireland in rural County Donegal, photographing its beautiful coastline.

The location, mixed in with some wild weather and towering waves didn’t disappoint. The result can be seen over my latest vlog on youtube.


In the Field | Majestic light over Tory Island

I was lucky enough to recently spend a week in Donegal photographing locations I have been to many times before, but more importantly, to explore new locations that I have long marked for exploration.

During that time, I managed to find some time to return to Trá Mór beach near Dunfanaghy to photograph the evening light over Tory Island. The results can be viewed in my latest vlog, which can be viewed below.

In the Field - An Port, Donegal Ireland

I was lucky enough to return to "An Port" in County Donegal recently. It is a wildly remote and beautiful location, miles from the nearest village, it is a place that haunted me photographically speaking since I first visited it 12-15years ago.

The story of my recent trip can be viewed on my youtube channel at the link below.

In the Field - Sheephaven Bay, Donegal

The latest edition of "In the Field" my photography vlog is now up on YouTube. This edition comes from the shoreline in and around Sheephaven Bay in County Donegal Ireland.

In te Field - Connemara

The latest In the Field vLog comes to you from the wildly beautiful Connemara region of Ireland. Long a favourite location of mine to explore, it was good to return and catch up with old friends, and of course the magnificent Connemara landscape.

In the Field - Carlingford Lough, Ireland

The latest edition of my "In the Field" series is now live on youtube. This episode takes me to the shoreline of Carlingford Lough in County Louth Ireland. The location, overlooked by the Mourne mountains is beautiful, and one I will return to frequently in the coming months.

In the Field - Slea Head, Co Kerry Ireland

I recently spent two days exploring the backroads and headlands around Irelands Dingle Peninsula. With its dramatic coastline and wonderful views out towards the Blaskett Islands the location is a landscape photographers dream.

The results can be viewed on my latest In the Field vLog below.

In the Field - Clogherhead, Co Louth

Continuing my close to home theme, I paid a visit to the coastal village of Clogherhead, purely to get out and get the creative juices flowing. Conditions, weren't ideal, everything was to calm!! The sea thrift I hoped to capture amongst the rocky shoreline were about two weeks away from blooming. Still I made the most of it,  the vblog and some of the images I captured can be viewed below.

YouTube - White Strand Co Mayo

Oh God, apparently there is another social outlet I need to get involved in. That outlet, Youtube. I have been frequent visitor over the years, but now according to the people in the know I need to be there. With that in mind, my first youtube offering can be found below;

In the meantime I need to go shopping for some Go-Pros for Youtube purposes :(

Ireland by iPhone

Increasingly it seems I take more and more images with an iPhone. The freedom it gives to sketch / experiment at a location is perhaps why I find myself leaving the DSLR in the camera bag and enjoying the creative freedom these small camera phones bring.

Granted, they have a long way to go in terms of resolution, which falls apart the moment you zoom. But it has me wondering, will the day come when I can leave the DSLR permanently in the camera bag, and rely solely on a smartphone?

iPhone Panoramic; Loughcrew Rainbow


Nothing into Something

The Lee Big stopper, transforming nothing into something

Anyone who has ever heard me talk or rant, knows I have somewhat of a love hate relationship  with the Lee Big Stopper. Its purpose, to drastically reduce the amount of light hitting the camera's sensor (by up to 10 stops), is something that camera manufacturers could implement as a "feature" on modern SLRs. Until they do, Lee are filling that gap with a piece of glass that transforms day into night.

Using the filter is tricky, but what is undeniable is its ability to transform something into nothing. Seconds become minutes, and minutes become hours. Leaving the user with a set of moody ghostly images.

 ( L) 1/3sec @F11, (R) 121 sec @ (F8)

( L) 1/3sec @F11, (R) 121 sec @ (F8)

Above, this image taken at the base of Howth Head in County Dublin shows were I am coming from. Taken at practically the same location, the rather dull image on the left taken at 1/3rd of a sec @F11 is transformed by the use of the "Big Stopper". A third of a second becomes two minutes, and that rather dull snapshot morphs into something a little more interesting.

The example, below shows its capability again.

Here perched on the edge of the rocky Inis Oirr coastline, seconds become minutes and a rather dull image is transformed into something a little more.

 (L) 1/30th @F11 (R) 15sec @ F11

(L) 1/30th @F11 (R) 15sec @ F11

If you are thinking of buying one, or its new cousin The "little stopper" then have a look at the exposure card from Lee below. Be prepared for lots of standing around waiting. Not for the light but the camera this time :)

 Lee Big Stopper Exposure Guide

Lee Big Stopper Exposure Guide