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.

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 the tops of the peaky mountains almost match the clouds moving out of scene to the left.

These mountains sit on the Iveragh Peninsula in County Kerry, home of the famous circuit scenic drive the Ring of Kerry but are seen here from Dingle, the peninsula that brings you as far west as it is possible to go in Ireland.

The foreground is bathed in a golden glow, typical of the clear winter light on sunny days in Ireland.

Panoramic Ireland are running photography workshops and tours in Dingle, County Kerry in 2023. Use the Contact page to find out more or visit: https://panoramicireland.com/photography-workshops-ireland/book-a-dingle-ireland-photo-tour

 

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.

And with the late afternoon sun was dipping just below that ridge, the perfect time for a starburst.

Adobe's Lightroom, known as Lightroom Classic to distinguish it from the cloud-based Lightroom CC, is one of the best image editing programs to be found. Undoubtedly, Lightroom Classic (Not Lightroom CC) is the best image management software by far with no rival to its combined functionality.

Despite this, there is no easy way to find all black and white images in Lightroom Classic, the closest method is to use Smart Collections.

Collections are one of Lightroom Classic's best ways to organise images, Smart Collections automatically find and add images based on criteria you set.

Here I'm going to create a Smart Collection for images that have been marked as Black and White in Lightroom Classic, so all of the images that I have converted to black and white using the program.

Here's how:

  • In the left hand side panel, scroll down to Collections

  • Click on the + to the right

  • In the context menu choose Create Smart Collection...

 

Create Smart Collection... in Adobe Lightroom Classic
Create Smart Collection... in Adobe Lightroom Classic

 

Wednesday, 11 January 2023 19:13

Winter Walk in the Woods

While researching new locations for photography workshops recently, I found this very scenic woodland for the first time.

Not a famous location, and all the better for it. This woodland is quiet and has a mixture of native and non-native broadleaf trees.

Unfortunately it is increasingly being surrounded by large conifer plantations that often result in the decline of these deciduous arboreal islands and the life that exists therein.

Walking in the Woods, Winter in Ireland
Walking in the Woods, Winter in Ireland

I don't think it is an ancient woodland, rare places in Ireland, but it certainly is old and has the look of a very pretty wood indeed with narrow, twisting paths, a river, moss-covered rocks and trees, as well as plenty of wildlife.

I will be back here to photograph and to lead photography workshops so if you would like to join me to learn how to photograph woodland scenes, contact me to improve your photography in 2023 in Ireland's fantastically scenic woodlands.

Sometimes, particularly when moving folders between drives, Lightroom will show only the folder with images in the left hand pane without regard to actual folder hierarchy on the drive.

Read on for more on how to keep Lightroom tidy as you like it.

See the image here, the folders 2008-01-28, 2017-08-29 and 2018-01-07 are all located in folders based on year, so 2008, 2017 and 2018 respectively.

Happy Christmas from Ireland. As is most typical, we haven't seen snow at Christmas this year, to quote a famous Pet Shop Boys song "It Doesn't Often Snow at Christmas."

Despite the cold weather of recent weeks, Ireland is quite mild - as is often the case, winter usually comes in January and February, deep into the season.

We have had winter already this year, but also Winter is Coming.

Here, a fine wintery image from the Irish countryside, a mountain ridge and snow under a deep blue sky.

I think, based on how cold it has been already in December, that we will see more snow and cold temperatures throughout the rest of winter and into spring 2023.

If you can't join me to photograph in Ireland in Winter 2022/2023 then join me in Spring and Summer 2023 to photograph the hidden Ireland.

One of the most prominent, and fantastic views in Waterford City is that from Merchant's Quay on the south side of the River Suir looking towards the lofty Ard Rí Hotel on the Airmount side of Waterford.

Opened in the 1960s the 160 bed former hotel was bought by Jurys in the 1990s who then sold it to the McEniff hotel chain who still own six hotels in Ireland.

In 2005 the hotel burned and it closed for good. Subsequent fires and vandalism followed before it became a canvas for one of the Waterford Walls projects which saw Joe Caslin create this large street art piece to at least give the impressive structure some dignity.

The site was bought in 2017 and has not been developed since despite plans to do so. This side of Waterford City, part of which lies in neighbouring County Kilkenny, is due to undergo a large scale transformation that will see a whole new section added to the city known as Waterford North Quays (SDZ).

Join Panoramic Ireland, that's me, for a photography tour in Waterford in 2023 and beyond.

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 the highest peak in the Irish province of Ulster.

The recent cold weather, icing over the roads and landscape of Ireland, has ended for now but winter is really only getting started.

Join me, Panoramic Ireland, in the winter months when Ireland is much more quiet, to photograph in the Mourne Mountains of County Down, or the Giant's Causeway, Belfast or Dublin.

Beautiful golden light in the Mourne Mountains, County Down, as the recent cold weather comes to an end.

Ireland has in recent weeks seen days with low temperatures, as low as -9C - winter is well and truly here. 

But now, in a quick change, we have reached 11C - a change in some places of 12 degrees in 24 hours, 20 degrees in less than a week.

Major plans are afoot for Saint Stephen's Green, the shopping centre is due to be replaced and works are due to start soon for Metro North that will see a lot of major redevelopment.

In 2019, Davy Group bought the famous and unique Saint Stephen's Green Shopping Centre pictured above. They have submitted plans for complete redevelopment of the site which will add two floors in height, reduce the amount of retail space and add office space instead. 

As a consequence, the entire structure will be removed and replaced with something like this, below.

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