In September of last year, I flew to Ireland to meet up with Irish photographer friends John Dunne and Brian Fitzpatrick to shoot Irish coastal landscapes. I enjoyed all of it big time … the (way too) hearty breakfasts, the sunny weather (ahum), the beautiful Irish countryside and the people. I also enjoyed 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!! 🙂
In the Distance, the rugged cliffs of Greystones beachAn Irish coastal landscape in black & white showing the rugged cliffs of Greystones Beach and a freight ship in the Irish Sea near Wicklow, Ireland.
Shooting abroad to work with different scenery is quite refreshing and inspiring. Therefore, I will surely do that more in the coming years and will be going back to Ireland. I was there for a few days only but already managed to come home with quite a few nice images. This one is the first one that I added to the Irish Landscape Photography portfolio. It features the rocky coastline of the Irish Sea near Greystones (Wicklow) and is titled In the Distance.
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. I had to bribe the captain of that freight ship on the horizon to anchor there for at least 5 minutes to allow me to complete my long exposure. I think it was worth it and I hope you like how this image came out!?
I shot this Irish coastal landscape with my Nikon D800E with a 24-70mm f/2.8 lens. 13 stops of neutral density plus a 2 stop graduated ND filter pushed the exposure time to 5 minutes.
Cheers, Johan 🙂