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The Tree at Merrion Square, Dublin, Ireland

Here's one of my favorite infrared images from Ireland. It's a weeping willow-type tree in Merrion Square Park in Dublin. I like how the branches shoot off in all kinds of directions.

Trees are fun to photograph in infrared since the green leaves become white in the image and the bark of the trunk and branches remains dark. I like to boost the contrast in Lightroom to really make the image pop.

The Bridge Tower at Portmagee

On my recent trip to Ireland, I was really hoping to get some images of lighthouses along the coast. Unfortunately, due to timing and logistics, that wasn't meant to be. But I didn't give up so easily. Traveling along the Ring of Kerry, we happened upon the town of Portmagee and the Maurice O'Neill Memorial Bridge, which just happens to have a control tower that looks kind of like a lighthouse. Ok, it's a stretch, but I had a good time taking photos of the bridge.

The Couple on the Bench

Twenty minutes outside of Dublin, Ireland is the beautiful Powerscourt Estate, home of Powerscourt Gardens, 47 acres of lush gardens and Ireland's tallest waterfall. It's also listed by National Geographic as one of the world's greatest gardens.

While walking around with my infrared digital camera, I happened upon this nice silhouette of a couple sitting on a bench enjoying a nice break. In a normal photograph the leaves on the trees would be green, but the infrared made them white. I knew this would be a nice contrast to the couple and bench. The way the dark tree trunks framed the couple was an added bonus. Normally, I would crop the top of the image down closer to the subject, but I think the height and the way the middle trees taper at the top makes it more interesting.

The View from Valentia Island

Since the clouds were so dramatic on our visit to Valentia Island in southwestern Ireland, I decided this view called for an infrared image. The infrared is great for making cloud formations look even more intense.

Little FYI - Valentia was the European point for the first successfully run transatlantic telegraph cable. The other end being in Newfoundland.

A Different View of the Ring of Kerry

Ireland has some of the most amazing views I've ever seen. At various points along the Ring of Kerry in the south-western part of the country, the views are vast, and depending on the weather, the colors are bright and vibrant. For an otherwise flat image of the blue water and bright, partly-cloudy sky, I decided to go with an abstract look with motion blur. The sense of motion gives me the feeling I had when we were driving along the 180km loop, enjoying the incredible views.

The Cliffs of Moher

Though an amazingly beautiful place to visit, The Cliffs of Moher in southwestern Ireland is also a tough place to photograph well - weather, wind, a ton of tourists, but I definitely recommend a visit.

At the time I was there, it was extremely windy, so I couldn't do any long exposures, even with a sturdy tripod. There was also a lot of low cloud cover and haze over the entire area.

When I started processing my photos, I knew right away that I was going to have to push the limits of Lightroom's dehaze slider, something I hadn't tried before. I was impressed. It worked out pretty well. Maybe not well enough to make a large print, but well enough to have a nice photo from the moment. Up top is the 'after' image and here's the original photo:

What do you think?

The River Nore in Kilkenny

This is an image from the town of Kilkenny in the south-east part of Ireland. It's one of the many beautiful towns with old castles, ruins, and colorful buildings. This particular scene, with the River Nore in the foreground, the colorful buildings in the middle ground, and Kilkenny Castle in the background, created a nice sense of dimension. The leading lines to the castle also helped make the image more interesting.

Travel Photography: Ireland Trip - Include People In Your Epic Images

This image was taken at Inch Beach on the Dingle Peninsula in Ireland. It's an amazing view from the beach, with the rolling surf and the mountains off in the distance. The dramatic clouds made the scene even more intense. As beautiful as the scene was, though, the image would have looked flat without the person there on the left third. The person adds a point of interest to draw your eye to, as well as a sense of scale to a very large view. When you get the chance, try to include a person or object in your epic, wide-angle images. They might even appreciate being part of it.