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

IR227
The Galleon
Kinnego Bay, Inishowen, County Donegal

Landscape Photograph

Landscape Photograph

Landscape Photograph

Landscape Photograph

Landscape Photograph

Landscape Photograph

Landscape Photograph

Landscape Photograph

The isolated cove of Dungloon near Kinnego bay was the subject of my last monthly article. There is so much photographic potential here that I had to share some more of it with you this month. The cove has a shaded northwest aspect so I decided to blitz it through the midsummer weeks when the sun was briefly setting in the northwest. My aim was to create a series of photographs of the cove in both monochrome and colour to explore all of its character.

This particular sea stack is known locally as The Galleon and from this vanatage point it's easy to see why. These sails of rock are huge and I needed an extreme wideangle lens to fit it all in. At half an hour before sunset the sea fog had receded and I was getting some glowing light from the left of the frame. The warm orange tones of the rock were complimented by a perfect blue sky. Featureless skies are not usually ideal for photography, but in this case it adds a certain simplicity to the photograph. Colour theory explains why orange and blue work well together, although at the time of shooting this was only a subconscious consideration. It just seemed to work well in my viewfinder.

The camera was attached to the tripod and I fired a few test frames in portrait and landscape orientation. Although the reflection was cut off in this landscape version, it seemed to fit better with the "ship of rock" idea that I was trying to communicate. To soften the reflection on the water I used a neutral density filter which slowed the exposure down to 3 seconds. I then added a graduated neutral density filter over the upper part of the frame to balance the exposure across it.

It's not always easy to photograph sea stacks to give a sense of scale. The modelling light and reflection have helped here but perhaps a brave climber half way up the face would have done the trick. Not me of course, but I know just the man.

Technical Details
Date/Time: 9.04pm, 7th June 2007
Exposure time: 3 seconds
Aperture: F22
Focal Length: 14mm (APS Sensor)
Lens: Pentax 14mm DA
Camera: Pentax K10D
Filtration: Lee 3 stop Neutral Density and
Lee 2 stop Neutral Density Graduate

Text and photos © Andy McInroy