• Dublin's River Liffey and Convention Centre at Night
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    Freelance photographer for New York Times.

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    Dublin's River Liffey and Convention Centre at Night

    This week saw Panoramic Ireland, that's me - a real person, photographing on Dublin's River Liffey on another of my one-to-one Dublin photo tours.

    We covered some of the city sights before finishing up along the River Liffey, an exciting part of the city in which to photograph.

    Using a tripod at this time of night is necessary, the long exposures required mean that the camera should be solid and steady and protected from movement.

    The night lights of the various buildings, including the hoops on the Convention Centre, add to the atmosphere of the urban night time environment. These cityscapes are something that changes a lot along the river and through time but I'm sure you will find it to be a colourful experience.

    T.N. from Australia was on this tour with me and this is what he had to say:

    Darren is a terrific guide and a very kind and personable host. He took me on a great walking tour of Dublin City where we explored and took some great photos of several sights off the tourist trail. Darren is genuinely passionate about Dublin city as he is about his craft and he was very generous with sharing his abundant knowledge and experiences. I had a really enjoyable day and took many tips away with me that I will apply in my photography going forward. I highly recommend this experience to anyone at all, local or from abroad, who is interested in photography and is after a unique personalized experience photographing Dublin city.

    To join me on a photography tour of Dublin, to photograph the night cityscapes of Ireland's capital, contact me using the Contact link.

    Written on Monday, 18 June 2018 20:11 in Photo Tours
  • Pink in Summer, Rhododendrons in Ireland
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    Freelance photographer for New York Times.

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    Pink in Summer, Rhododendrons in Ireland

    The spring is colourful in Ireland, summer is also colourful as seen here with the pinks of rhododendron lining a path through the mountains.

    A recent visit into the Irish mountains took me through large rhododendron groves, often over 12 feet in height and covering acres of upland.

    The pinks of spring cherry blossom are gone, see here for more of those.

    The pink flowers are very attractive and of course a source of food for bees but these invasive, non-native shrubs are taking over much of the Irish countryside unchecked.

    In places it is difficult to find a way through these large thickets or groves, the impossibility of viewing anything in the distance means wayfinding is impossible.

    Despite this the pink colour is nonetheless impressive alongside the green leaves and blue sky.

    Join me on a photography tour of Ireland's mountains in summer or Dublin's parks in spring.

    Pink rhododendron path through the mountains
    Pink rhododendron path through the mountains of Ireland
    Written on Sunday, 17 June 2018 22:17 in Guide
  • A True West of Ireland Scene from the Wild Atlantic Way
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    International travel photographer and Irishman in search of the best bits of Ireland. Leading photography tours and experiences in Ireland.

    Freelance photographer for New York Times.

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    A True West of Ireland Scene from the Wild Atlantic Way

    A stormy day on Ireland's west coast, known now as the Wild Atlantic Way.

    Here small fields enclosed by stone walls running straight to the Atlantic separate rough ground with little green in this landscape - is there any green indeed?

    This image is a reminder of how difficult life was on the west coast of Ireland, here on the Atlantic - what little soil there is inundated with salty ocean water.

    Written on Thursday, 14 June 2018 22:27 in Photo Tours Read more...
  • Storm on the Atlantic Coast, Ireland
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    International travel photographer and Irishman in search of the best bits of Ireland. Leading photography tours and experiences in Ireland.

    Freelance photographer for New York Times.

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    Storm on the Atlantic Coast, Ireland

    It has been a long time coming, after weeks of calm, warm and sunny weather the west coast of Ireland is now receiving storm winds and rain straight off the Atlantic.

    Hopefully of course it won't last too long and the real Irish summer weather takes hold again soon.

    Here waves crash all over the west coast, topping over rocks of ancient origins and filling the air with salty sea spray, but what a day to be alive and enjoying the sights, sounds and smells - don't you think?

    Join Panoramic Ireland on a photography tour of the west coast of Ireland all year round and in any weather - here in conditions that a typical tourist would insist on staying indoors. Let's capture the energy of a day on the Wild Atlantic Way.

    Written on Wednesday, 13 June 2018 23:12 in Photo Tours
  • Dublin's Custom House Reflected in the River Liffey
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    International travel photographer and Irishman in search of the best bits of Ireland. Leading photography tours and experiences in Ireland.

    Freelance photographer for New York Times.

    Ask me about Ireland or about photography in Ireland.

    Dublin's Custom House Reflected in the River Liffey

    Dublin's iconic Custom House seen here reflected in the city's calm River Liffey on a moody weather day.

    The Custom House was built by Irish architect James Gandon and opened in 1791 and its function was to collect taxes or customs on goods being imported and exported through Dublin Port - and there were a lot of taxes applied.

    Within a few decades the port area moved downstream and the Custom House was used for other purposes, today the port is built on reclaimed land in Dublin Bay.

    Join Panoramic Ireland, that's me, on a photography tour in Dublin to learn more about the city and how to photograph urban scenes like the Custom House on Dublin's quays - find out more here.

    Written on Wednesday, 13 June 2018 00:20 in Photo Tours
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