I’m a full time commercial and landscape photographer based in Dundalk, Co. Louth. I got into photography initially to showcase my hometown and to improve my editing skills for working on composite imagery in my graphic design job.
What was your path to becoming a Landscape Photographer & What was your first camera?
Dundalk has a bad reputation for being a bit of a kip if I’m honest, so I spent 6 months recording a timelapse/hyperlapse project of all the heritage sites I knew of at the time around the Dundalk area with a GoPro to showcase what we have to offer. This struck a chord with people and the video had 25,000 views in the first 3 days of posting it on Youtube. Next I knew, photographers like Conor McEneaney were sending me links to adverts.ie of cameras I should consider to get and try my hand at photography and get away from using GoPros. January 2016 was when I bought my first camera, Canon 650D with 18-135mm f3.5-5.6, 40mm f2.8 pancake, 85mm f1.8 and a small bag, all of which I sold for more than I bought them for and I bought a second hand Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 and a Manfrotto 055c tripod. As I was already lead designer for BoyleSports I had the skills for editing down, so I just needed to learn the mechanics of photographing. This made me then ditch any auto feature in a camera for the next 3 years, even for some of my behind the scenes photos I would use manual focus. To this day, all of my landscape photos are shot with manual focus. I posted my first photo online in March 2016 and have been practicing and working to better myself ever since. I’ve since revisited this Dundalk Timelapse and expanded on the idea twice, first occasion by releasing my own book about the heritage of Louth entitled Louth Rediscovered and the second, most recently, I spent 7 months videoing a timelapse of most of the heritage sites in Louth.
What was your favourite Landscape Adventure Story since becoming a Photographer?
What was your worst in-the-field experience as a landscape Photographer?
Agreeing to hike up the top of Slieve Bearnagh with Steven Hanna, I took far too much gear and not enough water or food with me. Haha I only took 750ml of water with a small roll and a McVities Classics chocolate bar and we hiked for hours to get to the top. Now I’m not an overly fit guy but I do work out a bit, I was definitely not ready for this hike. Halfway up, Steven decides to tell me that he’s found Slieve Bearnagh to be one of the toughest hikes in the Mourne Mountains, but the scenes were spectacular. As we got closer to the top of the mountain, rain clouds covered us for nearly 2 hours while we hid under huge rocks. Once they cleared, conditions led to a gorgeous sunset. It’s not a great story I know, but I plan my photos to an inch of their life and I’m notoriously known for not even taking my camera out of my bag if the conditions aren’t right for what I want, just ask Ritchie Hogan.