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Auroras, Lies and Camera Sensors

 

The increasing popularity of aurora photography in recent years has produced some stunning imagery from unlikely latitudes. However all is not as it seems. There are implications for the wider integrity of photography.

 

We’ve all seen those images over the past few years (popping up in our Facebook feeds or in the media) depicting spectacular displays of the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights from Great Britain, Ireland or the lower 48 in the US. Regardless of the location, they’re pretty amazing images. But beneath the wow-factor and thousands of ‘likes’ and ‘shares’ lurks a nasty little integrity issue ...

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Gareth Wins Ierland Press Award

Gareth has been named the joint winner of the Ierland Press Award, in the category of photography.

This is a Dutch award, given to an article published in the October 2014 issue of Waterkampioen, a Dutch boating magazine. When the magazine sent its journalists to research an article on the River Shannon last year, they commissioned Gareth to provide some stand-out shots for the title spread.

The brief required some uncluttered boating images that captured the essence of Irish river cruising. Gareth arranged a dawn shoot, hoping that swirling mist would provide an ethereal atmosphere. The day broke perfectly, with ...

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Exposé on IrishCentral.com

Gareth's photography was featured in a recent article on the popular Irish-American website Irish Central. Click here to view the article online.

 

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Photography and the Impermanence of the Landscape

I'm lucky to live not far from the Irish Atlantic coast in west County Sligo. The constantly changing light and the wild moods of the ocean mean there's always something to channel for inspiration.


A favourite location of mine lies at the end of Enniscrone beach, which is a massive spit of sand and dunes, with the ocean on one side and the tidal mouth of the Moy estuary on the other. It's about two kilometres long and backed by dunes up to 40m high. At its far ...

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Top 10 Images of 2014

In no particular order, these are my favourite images from 2014:

 

1. Dunluce Castle, Antrim

Dunluce Castle

Dunluce Castle is one of the most photographed locations on Antrim's superlative Causeway Coast. Conditions on this May day were not what I had hoped for - a bland sky and little wave action in the sea - but I had worked for a couple of hours on compositions that were technically solid but uninspiring. I'd pretty much given up on the scene when I spied the cave at the bottom of the cliff facing the castle. After two hours of leisurely camera work, I ...

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