You could call Peter McCabe the landscape whisperer.
He can coax out of an everyday scene the most evocative compositions. I’m talking clouds almost three-dimensional in their bouffant-ness, seas swelling and splashing against the picture, and sands so full of texture I fear they’ll scratch my screen.
Lucky for us, this whisperer can wield a camera lens. We asked him to show us his favourite places in Ireland to photograph.
This is what he whispered back:
As a landscape photographer living in Ireland, I’m spoiled for choice when it comes to locations to photograph.
However, there are three counties in particular that I have a magnetic attraction to; Mayo, Donegal and Cork.
Out past in County , the road narrows and winds all the way down to the Silver Strand. Nestled in the shadow of Mweelrea Mountain, this is one of the most spectacular beaches in Ireland.
I took this shot one mild March evening when the sun cast a glow across the coastline. I think the composition really captured the beauty of the location.
The sun rises on Donegal
is a photographer’s paradise. A county where it’s possible to get lost in a landscape – despite never being too far from a town/village/shop/pub/B&B. Donegal has some of the least explored, and as a result, most untouched land on the island, hence why I hold so many of my photography workshops here.
One of my favourite shots from Donegal is this view across the wild ragged coastline near Malinbeg. On this particular morning, I sat in the early darkness, listening to the roar of an unseen Atlantic. As dawn broke revealing a distant Glen Head, I tripped the shutter as the rising sun turned the sea spray golden.
However, my favourite sunrise image is this view of the ruined church at the base of Mount Errigal in Northwest Donegal.
In the stillness of a warm summer morning with the sounds of cuckoos calling in the distance, I stood by a tripod, tripping the shutter as the sunlight crept down the Glen and across the spire of the church.
Worth Popping the Cork
The in West Cork is simply beautiful. Less explored than the Ring of Kerry, it’s exactly the type of place you imagine when you hear people say they ‘want to get away from it all’.
Photographers by their nature need two key things; patience and persistence. In this case my persistence paid off when, after religiously making the journey to the summit of the Healy Pass, a fleeting shaft of sunlight created this dramatic lightshow.
Get your jaw dropping and see more of Peter McCabe’s landscape photography of Ireland on his website.