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Rainbows and Robes
It’s worth date stamping this post before you read any further. Just so we’re all agreed that it isn’t April Fool’s. This is a real thing. Cokin’s Rainbow filter. According to the manufacturer, it adds “a rainbow as real as...
A Life in the Landscape Photography Podcast—Episode 3
The third episode of my A Life in the Landscape photography podcast has gone live. In it, you'll hear how my recent gallery move went and the challenges of coaxing a 260-pound printer across town. I also talk about my...
A Baby Elephant Called P9000
At the risk of sounding like a Yo-Mamma joke, my new Epson SureColour SC-P9000 44-inch printer is so big it took five people to move it into place in the new gallery. Granted, one of them had the burden of...
Proud Little Skellig in the Raging Atlantic
I was trying to find some kind of marker in the sea to help put the boat in the right place to photograph Little Skellig. But the sea was fizzing and nothing was appearing for very long. Then a big...
Atacama Reverse
I've just returned from a trip to the Atacama Desert in Chile. It was some experience, let me tell you. The landscape lulls you into a false sense of security as a photographer. After many years of learning its quirks,...
Boyeeghter Strand Is Worth the Effort
Ireland is full of places that ask you to put in some effort before they reveal their beauty to you. Boyeeghter Strand in Co. Donegal is one of those places. You can't simply drive up to it and enjoy the...
Outdoor Photography Profile
Usually, my photographs speak for themselves. Occasionally, I speak on their behalf. Most recently, I did so in the latest issue of Outdoor Photography, a UK photography publication. You shouldn't confuse it with the US publication Outdoor Photographer, nor indeed...
Moving the Immovable on the Aran Islands
Something is moving gigantic boulders along the ridges of rocks that line the cliff tops on the Aran Islands. And I mean gigantic. We're talking 40-, 50-, 60-tonne monsters here, not pebbles. One theory is that waves are doing this....
The Du Plantier Case
The Du Plantier case is one of the sadder episodes in recent Irish legal history. Someone murdered French film producer Sophie Toscan du Plantier outside her holiday home in Co. Cork in 1996. The crime remains unsolved. RTE, the national...
Puffin Season in Ireland
While humans haven't lived on the Skellig Islands for quite a while now (the monks had left by the 12th century and the lighthouse has been unmanned since the late 1980s), you can't say they are uninhabited. Certainly not at...
The Draw of Dingle's Challenging Beauty
Nocturne, an Searrach, Dingle, Co. Kerry, Ireland People often ask me about my favourite place in Ireland. It seems like a reasonable question to ask someone in my position. It isn't. The whole place is amazing and brimming with exquisite...
Lough Leane's Invisible Tree
Lone Tree, Lough Leane, Co. Kerry, Ireland This is a photograph of an invisible tree. You see it? There in the bottom left? It's always there, but normally it simply blends into the background, perfectly camouflaged. It only reveals itself...
Moonset over the Skelligs
Luke Skywalker isn't the only charismatic, middle-aged, bearded man who has been hanging around the Skelligs lately. I've been doing a lot of work in the waters around the islands these past few months myself. I'm building a body of...
Phase One Webinar
I'll let you in on a secret. One photographers don't like admitting to. I trust you to keep it to yourself. It's pretty explosive stuff. Here it is. Ready? Photographers don't actually take photographs to make pictures. No, no, no,...
Podcast Episode 2: Svalbard 2018
In episode 2 of A Life in the Landscape, you'll hear me talk about the incredible Svalbard archipelago. You'll also hear about the exciting photo expedition I'll be running there from 31st August to 10th September, 2018. I'll explain what...
Disappearing Rossbeigh Strand
Every year, there is a horse racing festival on Rossbeigh Strand. For how much longer, I don't know. You see, the beach is getting shorter and shorter, so there is increasingly less distance to run. Conceivably, the beach might not...
Carrigaphooca Castle
We have some of the best names in Ireland. Carrigaphooca Castle is among the best. The Irish name for the castle you pass on the road from Cork to Macroom is Caisleán Carraig a' Phúca. It translates into English as...
Skellig Michael: Home of The Last Jedi
If you were looking to isolate yourself from the universe, Skellig Michael, where parts of The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi were filmed, would be a good place. It's a brutish fist of rock that rises 600 feet out...
Inishturk: That Time the Sun Was Late
Dromore Head, Inishturk, Mayo The sun beaming down on Inishturk didn't look right.

 But my watch told me everything was okay. The sun would set soon and the photograph I could see in my mind's eye would become reality. Still,...
Photography Workshop and Expedition to Svalbard
Svalbard is a place overflowing with natural beauty. It offers abundant wildlife in one of the world's most awe-inspiring settings. A gorgeous landscape of water, ice and rock, set aglow by hours of golden light for large parts of the...
Photography Podcast
Eight hours. Eight. Hours. That's how long it took me to record my first 45-minute photography podcast back in 2010. By the time my friend Roger Overall and I were done with the launch episode of The Circle of Confusion...