In the distance

A rocky coastline with cliffs in the Irish Sea in Greystones, Ireland, with a boat passing In the distance (by Johan Peijnenburg)

The rocky Irish east coast at Greystones

[ 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 Irish east coast at 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.

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215 Responses to “In the distance”

  1. Wonderful shot Johan :)

  2. Cool LE Johan is this in Switzerland too?

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

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

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

  6. Jany Viala says:

    Superb work! amazing shot! Magnifique histoire Johan:)

  7. A beautiful capture Johan, and a great monochrome!

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

  9. Beautiful landscape Johan 

  10. Thanks for the compliments Aamir and Anatoliy ! :)

  11. 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!

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

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

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

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

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

  17. @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 :) 

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

  19. 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) :)

  20. @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 :) 

  21. 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 :-)

  22. @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 :) 

  23. Fantastic atmosphere so beautiful!

  24. Dank jullie wel Jonathan en Catharina :)

  25. Karl Louis says:

    Really good work. like the horizon with the ship.

  26. This is most magical, Johan!

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

  28. 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 !

  29. @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. 

  30. Steve Lang says:

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

  31. Beautiful B&W !!! :) Regards

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

  33. 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!

    • 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!

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

  35. K. Garzer says:

    Very beautiful shot.

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

  37. What a gorgeous long exposure!

  38. E. Cindy says:

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

  39. 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.

  40. Enzo Ros says:

    Pure beauty, great works!

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

  42. Many thanks Rodolfo, Sairam and Suzie :) 

  43. 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. :-)

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

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

  46. 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 :-) 

  47. Wow, fantastic work Johan !!

  48. Uncovered world always appeal to us, well done.

  49. David Orr says:

    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 !!

  50. I like how it came out a lot! Lovely!

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

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

  53. As always, simply stunning! 

  54. Tom Tran says:

    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. :)

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

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

  57. John Dunne says:

    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 :-)

  58. 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.


  60. 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!

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

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

  63. @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!

  64. @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!

  65. @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 !

  66. @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 :)

  67. @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?

    • 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. :-)

  68. Tom Tran says:

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

  69. Mady Sach says:

    Wonderful b&w picture !!

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

  71. Perfect tonality on this one, very nice!

  72. @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!

  73. Wooww this is fantastic Johan ! love it !

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

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

  76. Gorgeous work Johan!

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

  78. Waanzinnig mooie foto Johan!

  79. @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 :) 

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

  81. Dick Berry says:

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

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

  83. Like it Johan , enjoy your Weekend.

  84. Wonderful shot Johan ! Happy you had a great trip!

  85. 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 😀

  86. Ian Good says:

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

  87. @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 :)

  88. Great B&W composition !!!

  89. A beautiful long exposure image Johan

  90. Nora Carol says:

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

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

  92. A wonderful bw work Johan 

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

  94. Wonderful capture Johan, I love it :)

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