Ireland’s Hidden Gems
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Seventeen counties touch the coast of Ireland and I have traveled all them all in my campervan, capturing hundreds of images. Many of these images can be seen here.
I approached the subject matter in an entirely aesthetic and artistic manner shooting from above, looking down, and into the pools. There is a wonderful richness to the colours when viewed through shallow water providing you block out the sky.
The gear that I used during each photoshoot evolved over time, where I found my system and an assortment of clothing including:
- Knee pads – Essential for kneeling on sharp rocks.
- Wetsuit boots and shorts – to allow me to wade through some of the pools.
- Gloves – to protect my hands from barnacled rocks.
- Two umbrellas – one to block out the sky and one to act as a windbreaker.
- Two Cameras, seven lenses, tripod and plenty of Fuji Provia 100 ISO.
The conditions for shooting were very specific. I needed mid to low tide, bright light and little or no wind. I got very lucky as regards weather but I rarely got light wind which made my work challenging. Waiting for a break in the gusting wind while crouched over certainly tested my back.
The end result are the pictures that you will see here and I hope you enjoy viewing them as much as I have enjoyed the whole journey.
I have become aware since beginning this project that, although there is a huge range of images here, I have barely scratched the surface as of the enormous diversity of life that dwells in the magical zone between low and high tide.
We have a particularly unique coastline for such a small island and the images that you see here are accessible to us all. Just take a spin out to your closest coast at low tide and explore the wonders within. The infinite and diverse beauty that you will find among these hidden pools will ignite a warming light in your spirit that breathes a deep satisfaction to be connecting, once again, with our beloved nature.
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