Irish Stillness, a gentle dawn at Muckross Lake in B&W

A fine art photograph in B&W, showing a serene and gentle dawn at Muckross Lake, with rocks in the foreground and a forest with a stone bridge in the back.

Hook Head, County Wexford, Ireland
August, 2015
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Camera & lens

Nikon PC-E Nikkor 24mm f/3.5D ED

Camera settings

ƒ/9, 295s, ISO 64 and 45mm

Size original

6940 x 4632 pixels


This lake landscape photograph was taken just after dawn at Muckross lake. Muckross Lake, also called Middle Lake or The Torc, is a beautiful lake in Killarney National Park in County Kerry, Ireland. The area around the lake, and Killarney National park, in general, is an outstanding location for both hiking and lake landscape photography. As with many lakes, allegedly a big monster lives in Muckross Lake … a giant 6 metres (20 ft) long eel. So watch out!

It was a somewhat cloudy morning, but the sun still managed to shed lovely soft light on the lake and the rocks in the foreground. A longer exposure time smoothened the clouds as well as the water in the lake. As a result, the photograph has a more soothing and zen look and feel. Black & white seemed to fit this gentle dawn at Muckross Lake best. If you look closely, you will see an ancient stone bridge in the back. The bridge lies at the spot where Muckross Lake and Lough Leane meet.

Please visit the Irish Landscape Photography portfolio to see more Irish lake landscapes like this one of dawn at Muckross lake. Alternatively, check out our Black & White Photography collection to see fine art black & white photographs from around the world. Lastly, consider visiting our Lakes landscape photography theme to see more lake landscape photographs. You will find more photos of Killarney National Park there. The photo titled Afloat is a great example.

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2 comments for Irish Stillness, a gentle dawn at Muckross Lake in B&W

  1. Ben

    Very nice soft light on a gorgeous Irish landscape!

    • Johan Peijnenburg

      Thanks again Ben!

  2. Paul Kenna

    Lovely image! Having that bridge in the back exactly in the middle makes this extra interesting. Would look great as a big print for sure …

    • Johan Peijnenburg

      Thanks and well spotted Paul 🙂

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