The Philosopher’s Stone, an Irish landscape in B&W

A minimalist Irish landscape in B&W, featuring a sea stack and the Celtic Sea at Ballydowane Cove in the Copper Coast Geopark, in County Waterford, Ireland.

Ballydowane Cove, Waterford, Ireland
October, 2014
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Camera & lens

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

Camera settings

ƒ/7.1, 294s, ISO 160 and 24mm

Size original

4871 x 7299 pixels


Less is more! This coastal scene begged for this minimalist and black & white presentation. Soft sunset light warmed the scenery sideways and created a beautiful play of shadows and light. The use of a longer exposure time smoothened the seawater as well as the clouds in the sky. This eliminates most distractions in this Irish landscape in B&W. “The Philosopher’s Stone” seemed fitting for this sooting and minimalist photograph, as it felt like a great place to think.

The sea stack in this coastal landscape stands tall at the beach of Ballydowane Cove on the Copper Coast in County Waterford, Ireland. The Copper Coast is very well-known for its beautiful rugged coastline and secluded beaches. It is an excellent place for photographing coastal landscapes like this Irish landscape in B&W. Also, it is a UNESCO Global Geopark. This means that it is a geographical area with sites and landscapes of international geological significance. It is a designated area along the southern coast of Ireland in County Waterford. It extends for about 17 km from Kilfarrasy in the east to Stradbally in the west.

Please visit the Irish Landscape Photography portfolio to see more Irish landscapes in B&W. Alternatively, check out our The Coast theme for more coastal landscape photos from all over the world.

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2 comments for The Philosopher’s Stone, an Irish landscape in B&W

  1. Susan Palmer

    Lovely minimalism and very calming in a way!

  2. Lilly van Es

    Lovely minimalism Johan! The contrast between the sea stack and the smooth water is quite nice!

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