A Waterford Seascape | The Land that Time Forgot – Waterford, Ireland

In the early morning light a gentle sea mist roles in obscuring Burke's Island from view, on Kilfarressy Cove on the Copper Coast of Waterford in Ireland

Burke’s Island, no more than a large sea rock, it carries such a presence in Kilfarressy Cove; it’s the first thing you see when you pull up the car in the carpark. While I have visited this cove numerous times, and have already published images this image is actually from my very first trip, back in October 2014. And how lucky I was, not only arriving during a perfectly calm dawn of beautiful muted colours, but to also witness a low lying gentle mist rolling across the sea, partly obscuring the Island. Anytime I see this island now I am reminded of this moment, and my first thought of “The Land that Time Forgot”. Those white flecks perched on the top of the island are actually birds, and if you were to zoom in to the image you can make them out clearly, and I confess that every time I do I half expect to see some dinosaurs! 🙂

I think this is a good example of where I needed time and space to figure out how to prepare this image for print. I loved the frame from the moment I captured it, and no doubt a lot of that is wrapped up to the full experience of being there. I took it 2.5 years ago though, so why did it take me so long to process and publish? The question I asked myself every time I reviewed it was, How?; how do I process this image to draw out the emotions I felt when shooting it, to portray to the viewer the idea that this is indeed The Land that Time Forgot

For a start it’s a low contrast image, unsurprisingly. But beyond the low contrast scene, I shot it with a Mamiya Sekor 80mm Medium Format lens, and while this lens is beautifully sharp it tends towards a low contrast rendition, particularly with long exposure times; the resulting file was much lower contrast then the actual scene. When I eventually felt ready to sit down and process this frame my first decision was how much contrast to reintroduce. I knew I wanted to draw out the island, and also highlight that gorgeous glowing mist, but I did not want to create too much contrast in either the sky nor the foreground sea; however I did want to create a little body in the clouds. And that is precisely where I started, adding a little contrast and clarity to the island and mist, and some additional contrast to the clouds.

I would love to hear your thoughts.

April 2016 Workshop || Copper Coast, Ireland

We still have a couple of spaces left for the Light Land and Sea April Seascapes Workshop in the gorgeous Copper Coast, in Southern Ireland.  Dates – April 22-24th; Cost – €350

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We can have it all!  This area is perfect for both colour or black and white work and long or short exposures.  We will focus on making the most of what each location offers based on what you would like to achieve.

The Copper Coast is a diverse geological area in southern Ireland, peppered with ruins of times past, glorious cliffs falling into the Celtic Sea and beautiful sea stacks.  All weekend long John and I will be beside you to aid you in your photographic decisions, from composition to lens choices, shutter speeds to filters.  The level of help you receive is entirely up to you.  We will lead you to the best locations at the best times and in between we will sit down together to review images, learn new techniques and have one-on-one post processing sessions.

All levels of photographer are catered for, with two workshops of no more than 7 participants this year.
Hurry – only a few places are left for the April Workshop.

Can’t make it in April?  Join us for the same adventure at the same price this September 16-18th.

For further details and to register, please visit www.lightlandandsea.com