The Giants Causeway in Northern Ireland - Long Exposure
Long exposure landscape photograph of the Giants Causeway in Northern Ireland. Classed as a UNESCO world heritage site it's a stunning place worth a visit and huge draw for tourism in Northern Ireland. This was taken at sunset when everyone had left for the day leaving just me, the camera and a 60 million year old volcanic plateau!
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The Giants Causeway In Northern Ireland At Sunest
The Giants Causeway (Clochán na bhFomhórach) in County Antrim. The exciting legend that goes with this place involves an Irish giant called Fionn Mac Cumhaill who built the causeway so he could fight the Scottish giant Benandonner, when he realised he was bigger than him he disguised himself as a his own baby and Benandonner presumed the father must be enormous. He fled back across the sea and destroyed the causeway so Fionn couldn’t catch him. The slightly less exciting but more scientific history is a volcanic eruption 60 million years ago when Europe and North America drifted apart. The cracked honeycomb columns were hidden until 15,000 years ago when the last ice age exposed them so they’re relatively new in the grand scheme of things. Whatever side you fall on UNESCO had it right when they designated it a world heritage site in 1986 and sitting alone out there watching the sun set over the sea was a simply amazing feeling!
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Streedagh Wedge Tomb, Sligo
This Wedge Tomb sits on a sandune overlooking Streedagh beach, Sligo and Donegal coastlines. Behind it is an incredible view of Benbulben and the Dartry Mountain Range.
Mist Rolling Over The Ox Mountains in Sligo
The Ox Mountains and surrounding countryside during an early morning winter fog in Sligo, Ireland. The sun was lighting up the low fog and creating this beautiful, mystical look across the landscape bringing out some intense greens and yellows.
Breaking Wave Against Mayo Coast, Ireland
I took this on a really stormy day near Downpatrick Head in Mayo, Ireland. The sun was catching the spray as the waves hit bringing out its deep blue and light green colours while illuminating the white spray.
Autumn Mist in Sligo
An early morning mist creeping across fields in Sligo Bay, Ireland. Sea mists regularily roll in from Strandhill creating this mystical effect along the coast. The sun was burning it away and had just started lighting up the fields when I took this from the top of Knocknarea with a 400mm telephoto to isolate the scene.
Forth Rail Bridge Outside Edinburgh, Scotland
This photo was taken from the New Forth Bridge which is mainly used for cyclists, pedestrians and cars but gives amazing views of the rail bridge. I took this as the sun was starting to set, they just don't make bridges like they used to!
A black cormorant drying itself on an old timber pylon in Newfoundland, Canada. The background is St Johns harbor with deep blue green water and an old white washed building to the left.
The sun setting in the west creates some amazing sunsets along the coast of Sligo. This was taken looking out to Sligo bay and across Strandhill. There were some really interesting cloud formations in this image which lasted only a few minutes. The reflection in the water helped connect the background and foreground and the purple and orange colours brought a special mood to the scene.
A long exposure photograph of waves gently rolling back from a pebble beach. The beauty of long exposure photography is it's abiltity to keep stationary objects in focus and blur anything moving and seascapes particularily lend themselves to this technique. This was taken on a secluded beach in poor weather in Mayo, Ireland. Not
Scariff & Deenish Island
The Beara Peninsula is an incredibly beautiful place and it offers this view of Scariff and Deenish island on the Kerry horizon. This was taken late evening when the sun was starting to set and put the islands in stark relief against a blue sky covered over with clouds.
This is an abstract black and white of a wave hitting an exposed coastal rock and the spray from the force of the impact. I used a very fast shutter speed to capture the action and freeze the moment. The sharp sharks teeth rocks create the perfect background to compliment the force of the waves.
Pebbles - Long Exposure
This photograph isolates a section fo the beach at low tide at Aughris, County Sligo. The beach is rough sand and mostly pebbles creating this beautiful soft water effect as the waves recede.
Downpatrick Head - Sea Stack
Waves crash against the Sea Stack at Downpatrick Head in Co Mayo, Ireland. They are relentless, creating hollows of water that are immideatly backfilled with more huge waves off the Atlantic. However between the deep blue and green colours created by the waves and the wind carving shaped into the surface it creates some breathtaking views.
Downpatrick Head - Mayo
It was a stormy day and huge waves were crashing against the cliffs at Downpatrick Head in Co. Mayo. The wind was whipping the spray back as soon as they hit creating some really powerful back surges. I'm fascinated by the sea and this image captured for me it's relentlessness and patience eroding away the cliff face. This was taken with a 400mm telephoto lens from the top of the cliffs.
This abstract photograph of waves crashing against some coastal cliffs created some really interesting patterns when frozen at high shutter speeds. I love the green running through the image in contrast with the white of the spray.
The wind whipped the surf at Downpatrick Head in Mayo into some really interesting shapes and textures. Strong waves added to the effect and rich vibrant colours gave more impact to the image.
This is an abstract long exposure photograph of waves meeting the coast in County Mayo, Ireland. The blue, black and green colours give it a sense of power and the exposure was short enough to keep some definition in the waves also give a sense of movement.