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by Andy McInroy
Print Of The Month - June 2007
Landscape Photograph

IR217
Dungloon Cliffs
Kinnego Bay, Inishowen, County Donegal

Kinnego Bay is a popular stopping point on the Inishowen 100 scenic drive. The golden strand at Kinnego is amongst Inishowen's finest. However, back in my climbing days I was introduced to a much darker side of Kinnego, the secluded north facing promontory of Dungloon. This is a magnificent place of rock spires, sea stacks and boulders the size of houses. The mightiest sea stack is known as the Galleon, probably refering to a ship of the Spanish Armada (La Trinidad Valencera), which was shipwrecked close by.

As a warning to visitors, Dungloon is not a place to be recommended for a solo visit. Occasional rock climbers and the odd surefooted fisherman are the only visitors to this isolated headland. Access involves a steep scramble down a grass ramp. Taking a tumble here could result in a very long wait for help while nursing broken limbs.

On this visit, the weather was overcast but the odd break in the clouds kept me on my toes. After scouting around for an hour, I set myself up precariously on the side of the Galleon rock looking west towards another of the huge sea stacks known as the "Crow's Nest".

In my landscape photographs, I often try to find compositional elements that help lead the viewer. I want them to explore my photographs but I also aim to subconsciously guide them. They don't need to do it my way of course. They can always stop off along the way and take in the view.

For this shot I chose four main guiding elements. Firstly, the foreground rocks are arranged to almost shout "This way please!" The second element of the curved rocky bay leads our eye around to the third element, the silhouetted stack. This is the reward for taking the advice of the guide and I consider this to be the main subject of the photograph. Finally, the dramatic sky contrasts strongly with the sea stack and ends the journey.

Unless of course we wish to do the return trip !

Technical Details
Date/Time: 7.22pm 10th May 2007
Exposure time: 1/8th second
Aperture: F22
Focal Length: 14mm (APS Sensor)
Lens: Pentax 14mm DA
Camera: Pentax K10D
Filtration: Lee 2 stop Neutral Density Graduate

Text and photos © Andy McInroy