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Stag Parties and Other Logistical Tribulations
Organising photo tours is like completing a jigsaw puzzle made out of puppies. You think you have everything in its proper place until you discover that one of the pieces has had a generous bladder evacuation where it shouldn't have...
Don't Make this Mistake—A Story from Dunmore Head
Let me tell you about one of the great pitfalls of landscape photography: Thinking you have the shot. Here's a story from Dunmore Head, Co. Kerry. I'm as easily seduced by a successful photograph as the next guy. That moment...
I Abandoned Clients in Remotest Kerry
When things go to plan on a photo trip, everyone has a terrific time. When things go wrong, they have an even better time, funnily enough. They also often end up with a great dinner party story to tell. Nobody...
A Life in the Landscape Photography Podcast—Episode 8
What happens when things go wrong on a workshop or photo trip? Well, if it's in Ireland, your clients end up having an even better experience than they had counted on. Find out more in this month's episode of the...
The Contents of My Gear Bag
I often get asked about the gear I use. That's understandable. Photography is 50% about taking photographs and 100% about buying gear. Lovely gear. So, to answer the question about the equipment I'm using at the moment, here is an...
A Second Look at Inishmaan
Poll an tSéideáin, Inis Meáin, Aran Islands Poll an tSéideáin, Inis Meáin, Aran Islands Sometimes you don't have to travel far to discover and make great photographs. In fact, you don't have to budge an inch. All it takes is...
Beehives the Size of a Wall
Imagine having this as your view while you have a business meeting. The monks who lived in these stone beehives on Skellig Michael many centuries ago did. And now people gathering for business at global IT giant Cisco can too....
Saint Veronica in the Bog
I've been spending a lot of time in bogs this year. OK... Having read back that opening line, I think I should clarify the kind of bog we're talking about. I don't mean as in 'washroom', as our American friends...
A Life in the Landscape Photography Podcast—Episode 7
I swear to you that the recording you are about to hear was not planned to go the way it did. It's just one of those coincidences—fed by a particular pair of minds. In episode 7 of A Life in...
A Life in the Landscape Podcast—Episode 6
Have you heard episode 6 of A Life in the Landscape yet? If you have, you'll know that the most expensive piece of photography gear I own is the size of a Ford 4x4 truck. In fact, it is a...
Overheating My Gallery
My new gallery in Killarney, where we had an adventure with the heating Over the course of the winter, it became apparent that the new gallery space was in need of heat. So I brought in a specialist heating engineer...
A Life in the Landscape Photography Podcast—Episode 5
In the latest episode of the podcast, you'll hear why I was in Dubai, as well as get the latest instalment of the ongoing saga of my drone batteries' journey back to Ireland from Chile. Will I ever see them...
A Case of Mistaken Identity
Niall Murphy and I go back a long way. We met in college, a lifetime ago. We have a shared love of photography. In fact, back when the internet was merely an addition to life rather than life itself, Niall...
Looking Down on the Clouds in Dubai
A very few times a year, the city of Dubai experiences dramatic fog at sunrise. It transforms the already dramatic city into a wonderland straight out of science fiction as the skyscrapers appear to float in the sky When you're...
How to Lose 250,000 Photographs
Frank admission: that headline is total clickbait. I didn't lose 250,000 image files. In a previous life, I was an IT specialist. And one thing I know from those days is this: you cannot trust a hard drive. But you...
If You Are Cold, You Are Stupid
Lunar eclipse, Ballingeary, Co. Cork Winter is a great time for landscape photographers in Ireland. It means we don't have to get up five minutes before we've gone to bed to set off for a sunrise shoot. And then there...
The Best of 2017
The Matterhorn with clouds swirling about its snow-covered flanks Over the holiday break, I had a chance to reflect on the work I produced in 2017. Here is my favourite photograph of the last 12 months: a picture of the...
A Life in the Landscape Photography Podcast—Episode 4
2017 was a superb year. In this episode of the podcast, I look back at the highs and lows of my life as a landscape photographer in 2017. It's a good life, but not a perfect one, as you'll hear....
Achill Island Smithwick's Shoot
I like a beer. I'll admit to that. Now, you might think the only thing we brew here in Ireland is Guinness. In fact, so effective is their marketing, you might think it's the only thing we make here at...
New Killarney Gallery Video
We're up and running in the new Killarney gallery. It was quite a feat to get everything straight again after the move. In this short video, you'll get a little behind-the-scenes insight into what goes into moving shop. New Killarney...
Star Wars Film Location
The waiting is almost over. Soon we will know. Did Luke take his lightsaber from Rey’s outstretched hand? Or did he kick her and the lightsaber over the steep cliffs of Skellig Michael, the Star Wars film location on the...