Evening light on the lake, County Galway

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Golden sunlight on a calm evening in the west of Ireland Golden sunlight on a calm evening in the west of Ireland

After a manic few weeks that saw me meeting the President of Ireland, photographing some of the biggest artists around at Electric Picnic and leading many tours including a 10-day coastal odyssey along the coast of Ireland, my first visit back to what is one of my favourite locations allowed me to take some time and relax with golden light and calm conditions.

This evening was calm and clear, with the sun illuminating the west of Ireland with great colour and warmth.

The last rays of golden sunlight beam off the angular faces of the rocks usually submerged under the deep and sometimes dark waters. The level of water in the lake has been falling steadily over the summer, just like in many parts of Ireland where waterfalls, streams, rivers and lakes have all changed markedly due to the dry and warm conditions prevailing. Little precipitation and lots of evaporation combined with a large, fast outflow from the lake to create lots more shoreline with more submerged rocks visible just under the surface.

Camera on tripod it was only a matter of waiting for the right conditions before making a long exposure. There was little noise save for the lapping of gentle waves, a flock of geese nearby, and being further into the lake than is usually possible it was a great evening for landscape photography as the sun slowly set on another fine day.

I have on numerous occasions taken a swim in the lake, with the golden light penetrating the surface and illuminating the sub-aquatic world it is unbeatable despite being cold and potentially dangerous. Here's a short video I made from one of my aquatic expeditions. 

Panoramic Ireland run photography tours in Galway and throughout Ireland including coastal photography workshops where it is also possible to go swimming.

Darren McLoughlin

Irishman and International travel photographer in search of the best bits of Ireland. Leading photography tours and experiences in Ireland.

Contributor to New York Times / Sunday Times / Irish Times / Echtra Echtra and Eonmusic

Cancer survivor.

Ask me about travel in Ireland or about photography in Ireland.


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