My name is Alan Hennigan, I am a photographer and videographer from Dublin originally, but I moved up to southwest Donegal at the ripe old age of 28. I never went to college or had the attention span to do well at school so up until I got the job I’m in now, I was doing warehouse work in Dublin. I work in a boat building company in southwest Donegal and I do all their internal photography and videography, as well as graphic design and and look after their online presence too in terms of websites and social media.
What was your path to becoming a Landscape Photographer & What was your first camera?
So for 18 months I used the D60 (technically my first camera) every other day, and I picked up a free Nikon 18 – 105 with a broken autofocus motor during this time too. I rarely used the camera outside of work, I still had zero interest in photography at this point. That all changed in January 2016 when a local photographer was upgrading his camera and he sold me his very old and very used Nikon D300. I remember looking at it and being totally lost, it had no automatic mode. 18 months shooting in auto without the flash and then this thing arrives and it has no dial for modes at all. I went online looking for a user manual and found Ken Rockwell’s website where he had a user guide that went through all the features and functions and I just became hooked. Once I learned what P, M, A and S, modes were I started wondering about what the exposure control button was, then metering, then iso which lead me onto the exposure triangle and on and on it went. I felt like every door I opened lead me to a room with more doors and more things to learn. I was absolutely obsessed at this point and I wanted to try out all these techniques so I started going out with the camera before work, then during lunch, and after work and I was very self conscious so I went to isolated enough places and living in rural Ireland, that just happened to be landscapes and thus the landscape obsession was born. So technically a second-hand Nikon D300, with a shuttercount of 170,000 was my first landscape camera, but the first camera I bought myself was the Nikon D7200.
Your passion for photography has also inspired you to go into business ventures, where being a photographer has came at a huge advantage to your work, can you tell us about your work?
You also have teamed up with some other local artist to run a craft shop in your local town, can you tell us a wee bit about that an how its benefited you as a photographer?
What was your favourite Landscape Adventure Story since becoming a Photographer?
What was your worst in-the-field experience as a landscape Photographer?
Sunrise or Sunset & Why?
Where is your favourite Location in Ireland to Photograph & Why?
What is your favourite photograph, that you’ve taken to date, & Why?
What equipment / Setup are you currently using?
Top Tip for anyone starting out?
Best Advise you’ve personally been given?
Not so much advice, but I met the late John Eagle once. He had a few books published and was mostly known for photographing lighthouses, we chatted a bit online but the year before he passed away he was leading a tour group in Donegal and he took time out away from his group to shoot a bit with me. I was very early on in photography and he was super knowledgable, he had amazing gear and I was very impressed but towards the end of our time he looked me dead in the eye and said to me “I have no idea what i’m doing when it comes to photography.”
Who is your biggest inspiration as a Landscape Photographer.
Who is your favourite Irish photographer at the moment ?
The truth is there are too many amazing photographers for me to just settle on one so I would rather mention someone who doesnt have the profile they deserve in my opinion. Stephen Dunbar, in terms of raw talent across multiple disciplines such as wildlife,astro, landscapes and aerial the man is just an exceptional photographer and if anyone isnt familiar with his work, they should change that.