In the distance

Black & white seascape featuring the rugged coastline of the Irish Sea in Greystones, Ireland, with a freight ship passing In the distance

In the distance
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The rocky coastline with cliffs of the Irish sea near Greystones, Ireland, with a boat passing In the distance. (Johan Peijnenburg)
31mm – f/11 – 5 minutes – ISO125 – D800E with 24-70mm f/2.8

In September of last year, I flew over to Ireland to meet up with Irish photographer friends John Dunne and Brian Fitzpatrick. I enjoyed all of it big time … the (way too) hearty breakfasts, the sunny weather (ahum), the beautiful Irish countryside, the people in general, driving on the WRONG side of (way too narrow) roads, the pubs and yes even the “beer” … and ow yes John and Brian were fun company as well 😉 Look them up if you don’t know them yet. You will like them and they are very talented photographers to boot!!

Shooting abroad to work with different scenery is quite refreshing and inspiring. I will for sure be doing that more often in the coming years and will definitely be going back to Ireland soon. I was there only for a few days this time, but already managed to come home with quite a few nice images. This one is the first one I processed. It features the rocky coastline of the Irish Sea near Greystones (Wicklow). I don’t get to shoot rocky coastlines in Switzerland, so had a lot of fun trying to find the right angles … without slipping. Unfortunately the colourful sunrise that John and Brian promised did not happen, so I had to bribe the captain of that freight ship on the horizon to stay put during a 5 minutes long exposure. I think it was worth it and hope you like how this image came out!?

I shot the image with my Nikon D800E and used 13 stops of neutral density plus a 2 stop graduate ND filter to get to an exposure time of 5 minutes. I processed the image with Adobe’s Lightroom 5.3 and Nik’s Silver Efex Pro 2.

Comments (215)

  1. Gemma Costa 2 years ago

    Wonderful shot Johan :)

  2. Nikola Nikolski 2 years ago

    Cool LE Johan is this in Switzerland too?

  3. Anna Ryndak 2 years ago

    Pure beauty! Driving on the left side of the road is not that easy…..

    • Author

      Thanks Anna! Nope it isn’t and I was stupid enough to hire a car with manual gear … :) 

      • Anna Ryndak 2 years ago

        I was keep touching the door to change the gear… Will be waiting for more your stunning work! Have a great evening!:)

        • Author

          Yep, that sounds familiar. And glad you are patient. Everytime I post I think I will post again in a week or so … but then life butts in 😉

  4. Gittan Beheydt 2 years ago

    Striking photo Johan … looking forward to see some more photo’s from Ireland! You certainly did a great job here… 

    • Author

      Thanks Gittan :) There are definitely a few others in the pipeline :)

      • Gittan Beheydt 2 years ago

        Very confident of it :) echt meesterwerk Johan!!

        • Author

          😀 Dank je wel! Ik weet nog niet zeker of ik helemaal klaar ben met deze … 

          • Gittan Beheydt 2 years ago

            Hi Johan, ben echt verbaasd tot welk resultaat je komt met enkel LR an Nik…echt knap …en ik meen het dat ik dit een meesterwerkje vind.

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            Johan Peijnenburg 2 years ago

            nogmaals dank je wel voor het compliment! Ik zit wel op de grens van wat ik met LR en Nik kan, dus binnenkort duik ik maar eens in PS. Geen ontkomen aan 😉 

  5. Gemma Costa 2 years ago

    Great shot Johan 

  6. I love the rich contrast and that wonderful soft water!! Beautiful!

  7. Jany Viala 2 years ago

    Superb work! amazing shot! Magnifique histoire Johan:)

  8. Ana Lacanski 2 years ago

    Amazing art work! 

  9. Ronald Regamey 2 years ago

    Nice shot. Thank you

  10. Hallie Guilfoyle 2 years ago

    A beautiful capture Johan, and a great monochrome!

  11. Gittan Beheydt 2 years ago

    Een leven zonder PS is voor mij ondenkbaar naast LR en Nik :) Ben er zeker van dat jij ook dit zo zal ervaren …

    • Author

      Een aantal dingen zullen zeker wat sneller gaan :) Ik lukt me nog steeds mijn visie voor elkaar te krijgen met de meeste foto’s, maar ik heb er inmiddels redelijk wat klaar staan die wat meer nodig hebben. Binnenkort mezelf maar eens maandje opsluiten. Als de sneeuw hier smelt valt er toch even niet veel te fotograferen :) 

      • Gittan Beheydt 2 years ago

        Je gaat allicht het smeltseizoen goed gebruiken om met PS te werken maar eens je er mee werkt ga je LR enkel nog gebruiken voor de algemene RAW aanpassingen en PS + Nik om je visie door te drukken…

        • Author

          ik vermoed dat je gelijk hebt Gittan :) En als ik vragen heb weet ik je te vinden 😉 

          • Gittan Beheydt 2 years ago

            Als ik je kan helpen, heel graag, dus aarzel zeker niet om het te vragen :)

  12. Aamir Shahzad 2 years ago

    Beautiful landscape Johan 

  13. Excellent work!

  14. Author

    Thanks for the compliments Aamir and Anatoliy ! :)

  15. Dominique Dubied 2 years ago

    This is very nice Johan! Firstly I appreciated the overall image and then I noticed the small boat in the background, a great addition to the image!

    • Author

      Thank you and well spotted! That is a special treat for people who view the image full screen 😉 I was debating a bit if I needed to add more contrast and up the whites just touch but kept going back to this version :) 

      • Dominique Dubied 2 years ago

        Hehe I am not that old not to be able to see it in the thumbnail image Johan ;-)

  16. Magnificent image Johan!!

  17. Günter Schurr 2 years ago

    Wonderful vacation memories Johan!:). Definitely it is worth a second visit.

  18. Author

    @Rebecca: thank you :)
    @Günter: thank a lot Günter 😀 How are things in Lenzerheide? 

  19. Philipp Weimer 2 years ago

    Definitely looks like I have to go to Ireland one day. Oh well, it will be Cornwall and Wales in May :)

  20. Dalibor Pačić 2 years ago

    Great capture my friend!
    you could come here its much cheaper ;)

  21. Another neat one Johan :-) And its nice to know you enjoyed a trip to Ireland enough to go back :-)

  22. Author

    @Dalibor: Lol I might do that one day :) Thanks!
    @Michael: ow yes I enjoyed it Michael. Will be going back to scout for a workshop soon :) 

    • To attend or to hold a workshop Johan?. If you are going to hold one in ireland, let me know when and if it fits we might show up :-)

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        Hold one Michael, if I can get it together. Will be scouting the Southwest next time :) Will keep you in mind. Would be cool to meet!

  23. Very nice contrasts along that coastline.. it zens my mind .. Johan :)

  24. Günter Schurr 2 years ago

    Everything is all right Johan! When the weather is constant and have time I’ll make winter shots from the region of Graubünden (which we were not spoiled this year) :)

  25. Author

    @Victor: many thanks Victor! Pitty we don’t have these types of coastlines in NL and CH …
    @Günter: I am not spoiled here either Günter, but who knows. Maybe we will get some winter in March :) 

  26. beautiful

  27. I know your Swiss coastlines are different and nice to see your work from Ireland ;-). I have seen many great landscapes from this beautiful country and they are on my list “to capture” :-) Wonderful work Johan, very mystical mood here and superb b&w processing :-)

  28. Author

    @Marie-Chantal: thank you!
    @Grzegorz: thanks for the compliment Grzegorz! Plan to go back this year and to Scotland as well. Will let you know when timing gets a bit clearer :) 

  29. Tugce Aksu 2 years ago

    Prachtig hoor

  30. Mikko Tyllinen 2 years ago

    Fantastic atmosphere so beautiful!

  31. Jonathan Johnson 2 years ago


  32. Catharina Graaf 2 years ago

    Ruig landschap

  33. Author

    Dank jullie wel Jonathan en Catharina :)

  34. Karl Louis 2 years ago

    Really good work. like the horizon with the ship.

  35. Elizabeth Lund 2 years ago

    Awesome capture :D

  36. Deborah Sandidge 2 years ago

    This is most magical, Johan!

  37. The Irish east coast has never looked so inviting Johan, wonderful work! 

  38. Ooooh! What a wonderful image …
    Perfect, nice horizon line, my eyes just go there after viewing the crispy details of the rocks! The liitle boat out there… extra bonus!

    Beautifully processed Johan !

  39. Author

    @Louisa: glad you like it Louisa :)
    @Annick: thank you Annick :) Wish we had coastlines like this in CH! :) And yes that boat was a nice extra bonus. 

    • I know, it is so nice to see the horizon with a nice coast line sometime.
      I’m sure you will go back…

  40. Steve Lang 2 years ago

    Looks really good
    I will be in Ireland in may so hopefully i can get some great images

    • Author

      Have fun Steve and you probably will get some nice opportunities. Ireland is great for photography :)

  41. Kamil Dolny 2 years ago

    Beautiful B&W !!! :) Regards

  42. Looks like you’ve benefit the time spend there very well. Marvelous work!
    and had some Guinness?

    • Author

      For sure Dominique and yes of course. T’is heel wat anders als een Belgisch pintje, maar ook niet verkeerd :)

  43. Didier Demaret 2 years ago

    Very nice!!!

  44. Michael Muraz 2 years ago

    How was it to leave your beloved mountains Johan? I’m it was refreshing to study new subjects.
    Great shot, love the clouds and the rocks!

    • Author

      Inspiring and refreshing Michael! I have been focussing on Switzerland and a bit of The Netherlands the past few years. It is nice to shoot something else for a change … although I still have enough to shoot over here as well :) Thanks!

  45. Joan Munford 2 years ago

    Your stories are as great and just as fascination as your photography. A perfect match I’d say Johan 

  46. K. Garzer 2 years ago

    Very beautiful shot.

  47. Author

    Thanks for the compliment Joan :)
    @K Garzer: thank you :) 

  48. Nina Anthony 2 years ago

    What a gorgeous long exposure!

  49. Kaatje Jansen 2 years ago

    Super mooi Johan!

  50. E. Cindy 2 years ago

    Wow, what a beautiful soothing photo, nice composition too!

  51. Dermot Russell 2 years ago

    Great to see you work in my part of the world Johan, the results are lovely and the ship adds a great detail. I really have to get out and explore local seascapes soon, this location is quite near me.

    • Author

      Glad you like my interpretation Dermot :) Would definitely check this part of Ireland out. I git back with quite a few nice ones :)

  52. Enzo Ros 2 years ago

    Pure beauty, great works!

    • Author

      Merci beaucoup Enzo !

      • Enzo Ros 2 years ago

        Cette image est parfaite. j’aime beaucoup le sujet, la composition et les nuances de gris!

  53. Beautiful dreamy B&W Johan , it’s gorgeous! :)

  54. Suzie Javed 2 years ago

    Beautiful image

  55. Rodolfo Seide 2 years ago

    Wonderful shot!

  56. Author

    Many thanks Rodolfo, Sairam and Suzie :) 

  57. Jerry Johnson 2 years ago

    I was hoping to see one of your photographic gems show up and this beauty does not disappoint! The distant ship is, for me, the dot on the bottom of this visual exclamation point. :-)

    • Author

      it was time again Jerry 😉 Glad you like what I did with this scene !

  58. Kevin Rowe 2 years ago

    Wonderful work Johan!

  59. Jim Lundgren 2 years ago

    Just a gorgeous long exposure. Beautiful image my friend!!

  60. David Shield 2 years ago

    You picked a nice composition Johan. Both exposure and processing work are top quality!

  61. Stunning long exposure! On rocks that I know so well! The scenery on this stretch has changed dramatically as heavier than normal storms have dumped tens of thousands of tons of sand covering much of the south beach :-) 

  62. E.E. Giorgi 2 years ago

    Wow, fantastic work Johan !!

  63. amal shannoon 2 years ago

    Uncovered world always appeal to us, well done.

  64. David Orr 2 years ago

    My friend this is excellent, I understand what you mean by shooting somewhere different, I need that. You have a terrific day my friend, love this image !!

  65. George Fletcher 2 years ago


  66. Shelly Gunderson 2 years ago

    I like how it came out a lot! Lovely!

  67. Christa Niederer 2 years ago

    You have the whole range of greys in that lovely image, thanks for mentioning how you got it :)

  68. John Dusseault 2 years ago


  69. Andi Rivarola 2 years ago

    What a gorgeous shot Johan. Lovely long exposure effects and amazing scene.

  70. As always, simply stunning! 

  71. Tom Tran 2 years ago

    5min! Wowwee.
    The sharp details in your images are always outstanding Johan. Glad to hear you enjoyed the trip and met up with nice folks – always a big plus. :)

  72. Yasmin Simpson 2 years ago

    Beautiful, beautiful! as always dear Johan.
    Sounds like you had great time in Ireland :)

  73. Andreas Levi 2 years ago

    A wonderful composition and great capture, Johan!
    Yep, I’m with Yasmin: sound you had a great journey :)

  74. John Dunne 2 years ago

    At last :p

    I was really fascinated to see how you would interpret a location I have visited over and over again. Really beautiful work Johan, makes me want to get back over there today.

    Oh and I am so sorry for the hardships you faced while visiting last time. I’ll try harder for your next visit :-)

  75. Stephen Cairns 2 years ago

    Especially nice to travel abroad and have locals meet you, feed you, then take you to the good spots. Sounds like a great trip with fine hosts. Glad that you had fun Johan. I wonder where the next photo destination will be?

    Easy to see why you were inspired to shoot here. Looks great.

  76. Markus Rienzer 2 years ago

    Exzellente Image!

  77. Shelly Andrews 2 years ago


  78. Paul Turkowski 2 years ago

    A reasonable replacement of the sun with this tanker. Your good connections “Vitamin B” to the captain is awesome Johan 😀 (I should travel with you) The seascape looks great as well!

  79. Mark Esguerra 2 years ago

    This is as stunning an image as always Johan! Such a dreamy shot! Great work my friend!

  80. Nathan Wirth 2 years ago

    Lovely composition that invites one to look out to the horizon. 

  81. Author

    @Kevin: thank you Kevin and you are of course welcome :)
    @Jim: thanks for the compliment Jim!
    @David Shield: thanks or the great feedback David :)
    @David Heath Williams: thank you! Despite of the changes, it was stil great. You live in a gorgeous country and will be coming back this year for sure!

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    @E.E. Giorgi: thank you Elena :)
    @amal: thank you!
    @David: thanks for the compliment David! Hope all is well with you!?
    @George: thanks!
    @Shelly: thanks Shelly :)
    @Christa: wow you are up late 😉 Thank you!

  83. Author

    @John: many thanks John!
    @andi: you are very welcome. Thanks for the compliment and for sharing!
    @Patricia: nice to hear Patricia. Thank you !
    @Tom: and sometimes it is even 10 :) Thanks!
    @Yasmin: ow I did Yasmin! Thanks :)
    @Andreas: :) Thanks Andreas !

  84. Author

    @John: pfjew glad you like it. I was nervous about that 😉 No hardships John. Enjoyed it a lot. In all aspects!
    @Stephen: you would love it in Ireland Stephen! Thanks :)
    @markus: danke dir!
    @Shelly: that’s a great place to be. thanks :)

  85. Author

    @Paul: thanks for the fun feedback and compliment Paul! :)
    @Mark: many thanks Mark!
    @Nathan: thanks for the kind words! Would you move the boat to the right Nathan?

    • Nathan Wirth 2 years ago

      Well … if you did move the boat it would certainly fit the direction the eyes naturally go due to the the rest of the composition … but I think it is equally interesting where it currently sits. I also see a lovely square composition here as well … but, as you know, I tend to see the world in squares. :-)

      • Author

        Thanks for the input Nathan and that square one is in the works already :)

  86. Tom Tran 2 years ago

    Wow, I could work in a short nap for that time Johan. :D

    • Author

      why do you think I love long exposures Tom? And I need to double the time to let LE NR do its thing. So that is 20 minutes of dreamtime :) 

  87. Mady Sach 2 years ago

    Wonderful b&w picture !!

  88. George Marquardt 2 years ago

    This looks terrific Johan! That boat must have dual anchor chains out to be that still for 5 minutes.

  89. Michael Menefee 2 years ago

    Perfect tonality on this one, very nice!

  90. Author

    @George: thanks George! Yes, looks like it had two anchors. I didn’t expect the boat to come out so sharp as this either :)
    @Michael: many thanks Michael!

  91. Enrique Palaez 2 years ago

    Wooww this is fantastic Johan ! love it !

  92. Late to this nice piece :) Looks fantastic Johan, as usual 😀

    • Author

      You had a the preview already Anette :) Thanks. Glad you like it :)

  93. Athena Carey 2 years ago

    Cool comp Johan. Told you you’d like Ireland. ;)

  94. Kurt Harvey 2 years ago

    Gorgeous work Johan!

  95. Thomas Welborn 2 years ago

    I would say it was well worth the ticket just for this one image Johan. Sounds like you had a great time.

  96. Paul Kleuver 2 years ago

    Waanzinnig mooie foto Johan!

  97. Author

    @Athena: thank you :) And you were absolutely right. Looking forward to going back later this year :)
    @Kurt: many thanks Kurt! :)
    @Thomas: many thanks for the kind words Thomas and nice to meet you! Yes, Ireland is a nice place to be … in general and definitely for photography :) 

  98. Tim Mulcahy 2 years ago

    Splendid LE Johan. The contrast in tone and textures between the smooth water and sky and the rugged rocks is really nice.

  99. Dick Berry 2 years ago

    Very nice Johan…love the long exposure images you do!

    • Author

      Thanks for the compliment Dick. Glad you do. Is the tour filling up already?

      • Dick Berry 2 years ago

        Johan…thanks for asking…yes the trip is almost to the point of finalizing and set to go!

        • Author

          Ah, thought you announced it already Dick?

          • Dick Berry 2 years ago

            I did… just meant that it was getting to the point of filling up.

          • Author
            Johan Peijnenburg 2 years ago

            Ah cool! Congrats Dick! Website still ok?

          • Dick Berry 2 years ago

            Yes….you worked on it…so I know it’s OK. Still need to convert over as you suggested.

          • Author
            Johan Peijnenburg 2 years ago

            Yep, written that down somewhere Dick 😉

  100. Catharina Graaf 2 years ago


  101. Nice Blog…. stunning b/w image and love the boat far a way….

  102. Yasmin Simpson 2 years ago

    Always beautiful!

  103. Betty Manousos 2 years ago

    Wow, gorgeous one!:)

  104. Markus Landsmann 2 years ago

    Like it Johan , enjoy your Weekend.

  105. Roswitha Böhmer 2 years ago

    Great landscape

  106. Shawn Hudson 2 years ago

    Wonderful shot Johan ! Happy you had a great trip!

  107. Bjarte Wergedahl 2 years ago

    Very nice result Johan. Looks like the captain was happy with the bribe, as the tanker seemingly didn’t move at all. Must have been expensive 😀

  108. Ian Good 2 years ago

    Excellent LE seascape Johan and the tanker finishes it off nicely. Sounds like a fun trip!

  109. Author

    @Shawn: thanks Shawn! How is Nova Scotia for photography?
    @Bjarte: It took only one Guinness Bjarte 😉 Glad you like the image!
    @Ian: many thanks Ian! Too short, but it definitely was fun :)

    • Ronald Regamey 2 years ago

      Oh, sorry for reading your message Johan regarding Nova Scotia. I am going there for my Holidays in the beginning of April for 2 weeks. I am really excited. Any

      • Author

        I can imagine the excitement Ronald :) Chances are that I will end up in Canada as well again this year :)

    • Shawn Hudson 2 years ago

      I think you might get one or two shots Johan ! April is very unpredictable here,you may have spring or winter depending on the day my friend! Peggy’s Cove and the south shore are great for coastal shooting. In Cape Breton,we have Highlands National Park,the Cabot Trail and Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site. Of course,Halifax should be good for urban shooting as well. 

      • Ronald Regamey 2 years ago

        Hey Shawn, I will be in Nova Scotia for the beginning of April. I am really excited about this trip. I have always dreamed visiting this place and taking lots of pictures. I love

      • Author

        Thanks for the input and feedback. Will check you tips out :)

  110. Kamil Dolny 2 years ago

    Great B&W composition !!!

  111. Tuan Nguyen 2 years ago

    A beautiful long exposure image Johan

  112. 😀 ~~

  113. Nora Carol 2 years ago

    great b/w Johan..very sharp shot too.

  114. great fine work , Johan !

  115. Aline van Weert 2 years ago

    What a beauty Johan!
    Re: het wijntje was lekker 😉

  116. Markus Landsmann 2 years ago

    A wonderful bw work Johan 

  117. Yanti Siagian 2 years ago

    Heart I shudder to see the results of your work is so good

  118. Meg Rousher 2 years ago

    Wonderful capture Johan, I love it :) 

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