You can never guarantee snow in Ireland but it does snow a little every year even if only in the mountains. Here, the famous MacGillycuddy's Reeks with Carrauntoohil the highest peak at 1038.6 metres above sea level, it is Ireland's highest mountain and only one of three peaks that top 1,000 metres. The snow line can be seen easily and…
This week has seen plenty of cold weather again, nothing too cold but enough for ice, frost and, in some parts of Ireland, snow. So we headed into the mountains, to photograph some of the ice and frost, no snow here. Here, on the climb towards the ridge and peak there was plenty of white on the hard forestry road.…
Winter is a perfect time for photography in Ireland, there are stormy days and calm days like here in this image - days with bright golden sunshine. The Mournes are one of my favourite places to photograph in Ireland, situated in County Down, about an hour south of Belfast; Slieve Donard, pictured here, reaches 850m above sea level and is…
Tuesday, 06 December 2022 23:48

Colourful Christmas in Dublin

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I have written about Dublin at Christmas before, the city is of course well known for its nightlife and vibrant culture but recently Dublin has made it on to the Conde Nast Traveller best cities for Christmas list. And I would have to agree, there are plenty of bars, lots of great museums and sights to see. Strangely though the…
Thursday, 01 December 2022 22:40

Reflections from Dublin's Custom House

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Dublin's Custom House is no stranger to the pages of Panoramic Ireland, the iconic structure was finished in 1791 and has been probably Dublin's most recognisable building ever since. Architect James Gandon designed and oversaw the construction of the Custom House, literally the place where taxes or customs were paid on good coming in to and out of Dublin. Built…
Wednesday, 30 November 2022 23:48

Saint Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin

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Sunset on Saint Patrick's Cathedral, one of Dublin's most famous buildings. Founded on the site of Saint Patrick's conversion of a local pagan to Christianity in the 5th century, the first reference to the site dates from the 9th century but it is 1212AD before the church becomes a cathedral. The original tower was destroyed and rebuilt in 1370, the…
Panoramic Ireland's Dublin Photo Tours don't stop during the winter, we enjoy photographing all year round in Dublin and throughout Ireland. Just have a look through the Blog section for more. Here from one of our photography workshops in Dublin this week, the colours of the Convention Centre set to those of the Irish Tricolour - Green, White and Orange.…
Tuesday, 15 November 2022 13:38

Get Up and Get Out, Photography at Sunrise

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There can be no doubt that the best times of day to photograph are around sunrise and sunset with the combination of colours and gentle light. But if I had to choose one of these, it would be sunrise. The day is just getting started and there is a sense of privilege to be had when standing in the countryside…
Blue hour and golden hour are the ideal times of day for coastal landscape photography. Here, a small sea stack and vertical cliffs on Ireland's Atlantic coast catch the end of the evening's direct light, the warmth of which lends its name to the time of day - the golden hour as the light half of the year ends in…
Wednesday, 02 November 2022 22:35

Sunset Seascape, Start of Winter in Ireland

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As I mentioned in a previous post, in Irish tradition the winter has started with the beginning of the dark half of the year after Halloween. But that doesn't mean that Ireland is not a destination for off season travel, on the contrary, with fewer crowds and some of the best light the months of November through to March are…
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