We’ve had virtually no summer here this year in Ireland…two days I can count as being properly hot and both days I had weddings! No indian summer for us either, so roll on winter I say! It’s the best time for landscape photography in my opinion…gorgeous low sunshine all day, stunning sunrises & sunsets, the kind only winter dishes out, and mega fog about too if you time everything right! And we can pretty much guarantee that we’ll get some snow & ice again.

My favourite shot from 2010 was taken on the shortest day of the year in December, with the aid of a lunar eclipse to boot! After an hour freezing on top of Strandhill, it paid off in the end with the most unbelievable sunrise I’ve ever seen in Ireland.

The panoramic shot below was the scene unfolding in front of me, but by just turning around, you could see an almost equal mega sight, with eerie fog rising from the sea, the eclipse turning the sky a little red, not as much as I had hoped, but lovely nonetheless. The result was the second shot. How could you not include the stunning Strandhill village also….third shot. Three keepers from a mornings work, not bad at all!!

But before all this proper winter stuff, I have a road trip to do, taking in the best parks Utah, northern Arizona and Nevada has to offer. Not a millions miles away from our honeymoon last year, but concentrating on some of the better spots. I hope 30 rolls of film will be enough! If not, digital can step in!


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  • September 26, 2011 - 5:04 pm

    Maura - AMAZING stuff Mark!!!! Keep sharing :)

  • September 26, 2011 - 5:05 pm

    Mairead - 3 fab photos from a very cold morning, I’m amazed you get out of bed to sit in the cold and wait for a sunrise, Which mightn’t even work out. Love the shot esp with the village of Strandhill lying below, in the curve of the bay.

  • September 26, 2011 - 5:06 pm

    Mark - I’ll wait as long as needed to try to get the shot…if it works super, if it doesn’t, oh well! But you need to be there to see if the sky does it’s thing! It was worth the numb feet & hands!!

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