Howth Pt 1

Howth is a favourite shooting location of mine. A bustling historic fishing village on the North side of Dublin. Restaurants and fish shops line the east side of the harbour with the yachting community on the west side . Its a walkers paradise with spectacular coastline views of¬†Dublin Bay’s UNESCO biosphere and nearby small islands of Irelands eye and Lambay Island.¬†With the help and cooperation of Shane O’Doherty who runs excellent hiking tours (www.shaneshowthhikes.com ) we managed to get a lower angle as possible of Bailey Lighthouse to give this almost iconic and popular photographic subject a more majestic feel. Along with official permission Shane and I took on board the safety aspect in order to endure the slippy grassy cliff. After our preparation day we returned the following morning at 5.30 am in freezing conditions but fortunately the wind had died down enough for excellent shooting conditions conducive with safety and dealing with shooting long exposures. I shot this during the various changes of light before sunrise and soon after; whilst observing and admiring the beauty unfolding which created different cloud formations, height and direction of the sun that revealed textures and forms in different areas of the landscape/seascape. Tides are also a consideration. Once I was happy with our efforts it was time to attempt to ‘liven’ things up with attracting the local seagulls to make an appearance but despite my supplies of seagull grub (chips oven cooked the night before) and with Shane’s ‘seagull whispering’ reputation, it just wasn’t to be. After all I was optimistic due to the Howth seagull reputation of diving down to steal peoples chips! Ah well, I hope it wasn’t because of the presence of Shane’s trusty dog, Bruno; who at least spotted our first sea otter. After breakfast I had a new brief to fulfil, along Howth harbour which is in Part 2 next week.

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Grace and Glory – The inner sleeve

These portraits were shot for the inner sleeve of The High Kings new album- Grace and Glory.
I set up a studio in The Great Northern Hotel in Bundoran Co Donegal, in between sound checks and dinner. Such a pleasure to work with. Finbar 3b_wBrian 1b_w 2Martin banjo h_constrast 2B_WGavin with MandoB_W_ed

Grace and Glory

I recently shot the cover of the new album by the acclaimed Irish traditional band The High Kings entitled Grace and Glory. In between sound checks at the hotel I shot on location in Bundoran on the Donegal coast. Martin Furey, Finbar Clancy, Brian Dunphy,and Darren Holden all braved the elements with their usual professionalism. Afterwards it was back to the hotel to set up a studio to shoot portraits for the inside of the cover, followed by live shots during the gig. http://www.thehighkings.comgg-cover-titles copy copy copygraceandglory-11am