The Cooley Peninsula



Slieve Foye, the sleeping giant.

Tech: Canon 5D II, ISO 100, 1/8, F16

For those of you that know the Cooley Peninsula, there are few area’s in Ireland and further afield that hold as much myth, legend and rich heritage. The peninsula is nestled on the north east coast of Ireland, in County Louth, or the wee county as it is fondly known, it being the smallest county in Ireland. Geographically, the Cooley Peninsula is a small outcrop but it more than makes up in size with its rich geology, archeology and history. The famous Proleek Dolmen can be found within its borders. Believed to be the remnant of a 5000 year-old Portal tomb, it is one of the most visited Dolmen in Ireland. It is also home to the epic tale ‘The Cattle Raid of Cooley’, which comes from the Bronze age and is a story which centres on queen Medbh’s efforts to steal the great Brown Bull of Cooley.

Lone Tree overlooking the Mourne Mountains

Tech: Canon 5D, ISO 100, 1/30, F9

The town of Carlingford is one of Irelands best preserved medieval towns and rests under the shadow of Slieve Foye. The profile of Slieve Foye is said to resemble a sleeping giant, thought by some to be Finn MacCumhaill. The views from the summit are breathtaking. Looking directly across Carlingford Lough you can see the Mourne mountains or south eastwards along the coast you can see the Wicklow mountains on a clear day. Looking over the town of Carlingford you will see King Johns Castle which dominates the harbour.


Tech: Canon 5D ll, ISO 100, 1/6, F14

In photography, I have found the best way to learn is not only by looking at the pictures that worked but also the ones that didn’t. By studying the images that didn’t work you slowly begin to learn the language of the digital negative or camera. This can be hard to do and sometimes its easier to not look at the ones that didn’t work and keep moving onwards but it will pay dividends in the long run.

One of the first phrases I came across in photography was the ‘decisive moment’ which I suppose can be described as an unrepeatable moment that captures something special. In landscape photography this happens when someones personal style comes together with a unique natural situation. We all have a personal style, and the more time we spend taking photographs the more we fine tune that personal style. I have often been out with other photographers at the same location and we have set up a few yards from each other but the resulting images are completely different. This is personal style at work and its something that needs to be embraced as its what sets each photographer apart…hope you enjoy…

Autumn Reflection, Ravensdale

Tech: Canon 5D ll, ISO 200, 0.6sec, F16