The Dolomites, a photographers paradise.

It's been a few months since I led my very first two Dolomites photo tours, which I was absolutely delighted to sell out. Leading up to the trips it was hard not to be excited, I had been to the Dolomites in October 2017 with my good pals Johnny Baird and Felix Sproll. It really was the trip of a lifetime, A bucket list location that I thought to myself i'd never in my wildest dreams ever photograph there never mind run photo tours there.

Leading up to the trips it was as exciting as it gets, but as the trips grew closer one or two nerves crept in, its normal for a trip, especially an international one because you want/need so many things to come together. Your going away with people you've never been away with before, most of the time they are strangers to each other also, but you also want the accommodation to be nice and the weather to be perfect. About one hour into the first of the two tours any nerves I had had completely disappeared, I had amazing clients, it's…
The Milky Way or Aurora Borealis??
Even though they both involve using the same type of lenses, f2.8 or lower preferably, both also need dark skies, but in terms of shooting, living in Ireland, the Milky Way involves going as far South as possible while the aurora involves us going as far North as possible.
Below is a prime example, an Aurora image from Lough Salt, Donegal in September 2017 and a Milky Way image from Ardmore, Waterford in February 2018.

Although we don't get as much of the Milky Way core in Ireland as countries further South or in the Southern Hemisphere, it's almost, if not better, to shoot the Milky Way from Ireland, for a few reasons...
- We don't get many nights of clear skies in Ireland - We don't get fully dark skies in the summer (best times to shoot Feb-Apr & Aug-Sept) due to the Milky Way only lining up and certain times of the year. - We need there to be little or no moon - If all of the above lines up, due to early sunrises or late moonrises, w…

Epic Iceland

Epic Iceland
Its been a couple of months since my two back to back Iceland Photography Tours in November 2017.  To say they were amazing would be a massive understatement. When it comes to running these tours, nine times out of ten my clients number one aim is to see the aurora dancing across the sky and its up to me to get them into the best possible position to view it.
Generally I think its important to get off to a good start and get some green on the first night or two, this helps set the tone for the week and is brilliant for client morale. The first day generally has the most driving of the trip driving 3-4 hours to the accommodation (not including stopping for photos along the way). Normally its dark by the time we get to our house for the week but it also means it gives us plenty of opportunity to hunt for some clear skies, given it being the first night we are just happy to get the aurora, be it at a popular landmark or just a simple side of the road shot.
Luckily, on the fi…

Under arctic light

"You're mad going there in November"
That is what I was told by a few people when I mentioned that I was headed to The Lofoten Islands, Norway in the middle of November. It gets too much rain, its too windy, the light is bad... the list goes on. We had none of the above, We had epic light, amazing clear skies and even better aurora displays!!!
We arrived at our accommodation in Hamnoy, Lofoten late at night after a long day of travelling and we just hit the hay right away. I must admit I found it hard to sleep due to a mix of over tiredness and excitement at what the next week had in store for us. Skip to the next morning when we woke... I raced outside to check out the views from the cabin and to say I was blown away would be an understatement.  (Below is a shot which was taken literally a 2 minute walk from our cabin at sunrise)

The accommodation we stayed in on our tour was down here in this fishing village of Hamnoy in one of these red cabins. They are ideally situat…

The unplanned trip...

Hey Folks, 
Its been a while since my last Blog so apologies for that, thankfully its been a busy couple of months. Hopefully get back on track with these Blogs. Also some pretty exciting news on the way in the next month or to so keep an eye out on my Facebook page for that.
The unplanned trip...
They say the best times are the times that aren't planned... Well Thursday the 31st of August I defiantly found evidence of that. After a long day I toyed with the idea to head shooting  Astro at Glendalough Upper Lake in Co.Wicklow. I gave my good pal Colm Keating (Colm Keating Photography) on FB a call and he didn't have to think twice about coming to shoot the stars. We decided to try make it for sunset, I didn't quite make it but Colm did and got some crackers. As the sky darkened we went to the Glendalough Hotel for some grub.

After we finished eating the sky was dark enough to get shooting, albeit with a bit of a moon to mess around with. The moon out meant we could get cle…