Irish Landscape Photography Blog

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...

It is said that the native forests of Ireland were once so extensive that a squirrel could cross from one side of Ireland to the other without touching the ground. We now have one of the lowest densities of woodland cover in Europe. Here and...

If you haven't already seen it I strongly recommend watching the jaw-dropping short film 'Box' from the US company Bot & Dolly. At first viewing you automatically assume CGI (computer generated effects added in post production), but if you carefully read the explanatory text you'll...

I've finally achieved a long-term ambition with the launch of a photography workshop for this coming autumn.Workshops are like a combination of a teaching course and an adventure holiday, and they may last a single day, a weekend or perhaps a week or more. The...

RTE, the Irish state broadcaster, has recently produced a television series called 'Secrets of the Irsh Landscape'. Presented by popular wildlife personality Derek Mooney, it consists of three hour-long, documentary-style programmes that investigate the natural history of Ireland's flora, fauna and landscape. The series was groundbreaking...

One of the few upsides to an Irish winter are the frequent episodes of stormy weather that sometimes provide dramatic photo opportunities. Every now and then, perhaps a couple of times each winter, the storms are accompanied by massive Atlantic swells. These are not just...

The new Ireland.com website has gone live, with my Glasillaun Rainbow image as the main splash on the homepage. It's the consumer website for Tourism Ireland, the country's tourism body for overseas markets. The image was shot pretty much 4 years ago to the day...

Achill Island is synonymous with the wildest parts of Ireland's west coast. Even from within County Mayo, the drive there can seem interminable, but is always worth it. As you make your way further west through the little villages of Keel and Dooagh, the dramatic...

It's no surprise that the vast majority of images taken of landscapes fail entirely to illicit a positive reponse from people who see them, and often are accompanied by the apologetic 'it doesn't do it justice' as the photographer looks accusingly at their camera. You...

One of Gareth's images from Patagonia has been chosen for the cover of National Geographic's expeditions brochure. The image is of the iconic Torres del Paine, from a 2-month long trip to the mountains of southern Patagonia in 2006. The Patagonian climate is notoriously difficult,...