Pine Island, Connemara

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Pine Island, Connemara - one of Ireland's most scenic landscapes Pine Island, Connemara - one of Ireland's most scenic landscapes

Pine Island is one of the western region of Connemara's key attractions for landscape photography and one that I return to often. Next visit, April 2023.

The trees here are Scots Pine, a native evergreen tree that tends to grow tall and slender, it has red coloured wood and tends to add a lot of interest to landscape images of the west of Ireland.

Here we have a long exposure scene with reflection and some wind on Lough Derryclare's surface.

Unfortunately the ESB, formerly Ireland's only electricity supplier and Eirgrid - Ireland's state run electricity network saw fit to run electricity cable straight through this scene and across the island, one of the country's finest visual landscapes. The cables can be seen here running in from the right of the image and on either side the longer views are ruined by poles and cables covering the stunning hillsides.

Still, a photographer can make use of many techniques to reduce the visual impact of these eyesores that doesn't always involve Photoshop.

But of course, Photoshop can also be a photographer's friend in these cases.

To learn more about how to mitigate against badly placed elements in landscape photography by in-field techniques or digitally, join me on one of my photography workshops in Connemara or throughout Ireland in 2024.

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Pine Island, Derryclare, Connemara, Ireland
Pine Island, the famous landscape photography location in Connemara, Ireland
Last modified on Thursday, 08 February 2024 16:22
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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  • Comment Link Lee Wednesday, 17 May 2017 06:46 posted by Lee

    Since last nite I have not yet received Darren's photo shoot which comes in daily. What happened to it?

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