The West of Ireland always looks a million dollars. It can’t get any prettier, we thought. There’s no way the West could look sharper, we said.
Then we saw Aoife Herriott’s work.
When it rains, she captures a rainbow. When mist forms, she heads for the mountains. When lightning strikes a tree, she treats it like sculpture.
Just sit back, relax, and enjoy these shots of and her commentary.
‘Connemara Ponies at Gurteen, Renvyle’
This photo was taken after a recent heavy spell of rain. The sun had just broken through, illuminating the ponies and the foreground, while another heavy shower can be seen coming in over Maol Reidh mountain in the distance.
‘Maol Reidh from Renvyle’
I find that Maol Reidh mountain features in many of my coastal images – sometimes quite prominently but in this case, where I have used quite a wide lens, its dominant form is reduced to an interesting shape on the horizon line. This image was taken early in the year when there was still a light sprinkling of snow on the summit.
‘Gurteen Pier, Renvyle’
This long exposure was taken at around midday on a particularly bright summer’s day. It required a 10 stop ND filter to bring the exposure down to around 30 secs, resulting in the silky texture of the water. I love the simplicity and calmness of this image.
‘Lightning Tree, Currywongaun’
I think this photo works because of the simplicity of the subject and the beautiful evening light combined with the classic ‘rule of thirds’ technique. I am not sure whether the tree was actually ever struck by lightning but this is the name I have known it by since I was a child!
‘Misty morning Over Lough Inagh’ (panorama)
Driving from to Galway early one morning, I was struck by this heavy mist which had settled itself over Lough Inagh. This image is actually a composite of six separate images subsequently stitched together in Photoshop.
‘Mussel Bags, Killary Fjord’
This photograph was taken for a locally produced book ‘Irish Mussel Cuisine’ featuring mussel recipes inspired by the Connemara Mussel Festival. The Fjord, which is well known for mussel farming, is the only one of its kind in Ireland.
‘The Twelve Bens from Roundstone Bog’
A relatively long exposure was again used here to add a little movement to the reeds in the lake. The transient Connemara light is evident over the Twelve Bens mountain range in the distance.
‘Rainbow Over Renvyle Strand’
I had to run for cover just moments after taking this photograph! I love the quality of the light here and the rainbow was a lucky bonus!