Prior to my trip to Ireland, I took some time to research some of the best photography locations and I made a list of the ones that I wanted to visit. The Rocks at Dunquin Harbour was high on my list. It was especially so after arriving at the airport in Shannon and seeing a photo taken by a local photographer displayed near the baggage claim area. I made two attempts to photograph the rocks but both were met with mist and wind. Long exposures were out of the question. Also, this is not a very safe area to stand and photograph. In fact, I got a little too close to the edge and lost my balance but, fortunately, I was able to recover before going over the edge.
Dunquin Harbour has been used for centuries by the people who populated the Blasket Islands. I am reading a book titled The Islandman (Tomas O’Crohan). It’s not an easy read but it describes life on the islands and how tough it was for the residents. The islands were evacuated in 1953 and only a few boat tours take people onto the islands for hiking and sight-seeing. I highly recommend visiting Dunquin Harbour during your next visit to the Dingle Peninsula.
This image was taken with my Sony A7R II using my Sony FE 16-35mm f/4 Lens set on 18mm. The camera was set on Aperture Priority Mode with the aperture set at f/8, shutter speed at 1/100th of a second and the ISO set at 400. I used a tripod for stability and a polarizer filter. This is a single image processed in Lightroom and finalized in Photoshop using Nik Color Efex Pro.
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