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Clare Island Survey

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Clare Island Survey

Clare Island Sunset

A few thing’s have changed for me recently hence my absence in posts here. I’ve had a very busy summer with multiple projects and more landscape work in the pipeline I hope to release shortly. I moved to Galway, a goal of mine after living and enjoying the past 6 years in Cork, now time to fully build out my new home office space to work from. However, the most exciting bit of news came when I was contacted in June about collaborating with the Royal Irish Academy in providing a cover image for their latest edition of the Clare Island Survey. This landmark survey was first coordinated by Robert Lloyd Praeger with a team of 100 scientific specialists and published in 1911 and has since gone on to become an “invaluable body of research informing future conservation of natural and built heritage of Ireland and Europe.”

I was pleased that the design team favoured quite a few of my images of Clare Island in consideration for the cover image but ultimately they opted to choose one of my aerial images of home at sunset. The Clare Island Survey of 1901-11 was the most ambitious natural history project ever undertaken in Ireland and the first major biological survey of a specific area carried out in the world and It’s been a pleasure to collaborate with the Royal Irish Academy on this latest rendition of the project. You can purchase a copy of the book directly from the RIA here.

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Drone Photography

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Drone Photography

Over the past few months I have been trying a new perspective within my landscapes by using a drone and have been rewarded with some stunning views.

Circling around the cliffs at the lighthouse on Clare Island and flying over the quay gave an amazing new perspective to something I have always enjoyed from ground level since childhood.

I brought it with me on my most recent trip to California and travelling with the drone was pretty easy as it fits easily inside my ThinkTank HeliPack and is perfect size for overhead cabin baggage. As it is backpack style I've found it easy to carry the vast majority of my camera equipment including all the additional batteries etc

What I love most is the fact that you can capture stunning landscape vistas to very minimalist style images such as the arc of this beach below on Clare Island.

This final shot was a composite panoramic image over the surrounding mountains of Lake Tahoe, offering breathtaking views.

If you'd love to introduce this new perspective to your wedding or portrait session, contact me here. Let me know what you think in the comments below!

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Dubrovnik

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Dubrovnik

In the middle of May I decided to be about as nearly spontaneous as you can get and get a last minute flight to Dubrovnik without arriving at the airport and going there and then. I booked tickets on a Monday morning and left Wednesday night to fly out to somewhere I have wanted to visit for many years for one week to get a glimpse of this pearl on the Adriatic. 

The entire coastline glows beautiful colours each evening as scenic sights of yachts and galleons dot the horizon, while visitors can catch the sun setting with a glass of wine in hand on a little secluded rocky patch.

Most of my time was spent in the Lapad region of the city. It hosts a beautiful beach and coastal walk with various man-made jetties that you can relax on, and some include handy steps out of the water back to the rocks. The water was a beautiful azure colour and a reasonable 20 C for the end of May.

Dubrovnik hosts some beautiful architecture, with much of it embracing the renaissance period. The extensive use of sandstone really compliments the slightly arid land it sits amongst, while emphasising the soft glow of a sunset more so than other stonework.

Being a coastal city, Dubrovnik has it's fair share of marine vessels, the vast majority of which are as beautiful as the surroundings they sail within. From small fishing boats to large pleasure yachts and the odd galleon, there were plenty of beautiful marine craft to enjoy around the marina and local beaches.

Many evenings were spent within the walls of the old city. The atmosphere here is full of subtle vibrance around dinner time with plenty of live music, much of it instrumental, complimenting diners as they sample the wide variety of Mediterranean dishes. The architecture here is absolutely stunning and the city's relaxed pace is reflected in its visitors as they meander down side streets and discover unique ice cream stalls or street music.

One week was far too short to really take in all of what Dubrovnik has to offer. The weather was perfect for the time of year and the level of tourists was very manageable considering the city's popularity. Friends of mine were attending a mutual friend's wedding during my visit and it would be incredibly hard to beat the incredible scenery and relaxed atmosphere for anyone considering a destination wedding. 

Next time I hope to visit some of the other beautiful areas of Croatia including the stunning Split and the incredible arena in Pula. I hope that these images inspire you to visit and maybe even do so spontaneously!

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