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
February 18, 2014 Johan Peijnenburg
In Photography
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.