Photo Tour in Dingle, Co. Kerry

Colour and waves on the Wild Atlantic Way in Dingle, west of Ireland

 

I led a photography workshop this week in Dingle, Co. Kerry. The westernmost part of Ireland, Dingle is a peninsula of rugged beauty, waves lash the coast that in places is sandy, or rocky as seen in this image. Offshore lie the Blasket Islands, whose inhabitants were forcibly removed from island life in the 1950s.

The town of Dingle, known locally as An Daingean, is one of the prettiest in Ireland. Colourful streets, a working harbour, mountains and 52 pubs all contribute to the appeal of this popular town on Ireland's newly created Wild Atlantic Way.

The workshop photo tour saw us photographing the coast around this beautiful part of Ireland, returning to Dingle after sunset to enjoy a few pints of beer in some of the most colourful establishments such as Foxy John's and Dick Mack's. The weather during the first week of March was changeable with sleet falling, snow on Mount Brandon, rain and wind. But the storms of winter 2013-2014 were gone and this weather was typical, although more chilly than usual for this mild part of the country. Sheltering from the rain was a temporary necessity as within minutes it was gone and sunshine was illuminating the landscape. In parts it felt very warm, especially when sheltered from the wind.

Keeping the camera steady on its tripod was the most difficult problem, along with making it back to shelter during the rain showers. However, it was easy enough to set up the camera on solid ground at most locations and to get usable images by choosing shutter speed and aperture accurately. Some of what we covered on the workshop included how to choose shutter speed, ISO and aperture to get the the results that suit the subject matter and prevailing weather conditions. Too long an exposure and there will be blur caused by the camera shaking in the stong winds, too fast an exposure and the movement of the waves will appear frozen in the image.

As for my favourite parts of the Dingle Peninsula, it must be Slea Head, the scenery on this driving route is spectacular and must rank as one of the most scenic drives in Europe. Having said that the Conor Pass is also an unmissable part of Dingle with the highest mountain pass in Ireland and views over beaches on the south side and corrie lakes on the north side of the peninsula.

My favourite pub? Well, that is yet to be decided but there are a few contenders.

To book a Panoramic Ireland photography workshop or tour in Dingle, Co. Kerry use the main menu to choose Photo Workshops then choose "Book a Dingle, Ireland Photo Tour", alternatively click here.

This part of Ireland is sure not to disappoint as it was made to be enjoyed by the photographer.

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