Wicklow: Golden Opportunities

Wicklow is commonly referred to as the Garden of Ireland, partly as over half the county is classed as non-arable. You having rolling hills which meet mountains, inland cliffs and valleys where granite meets morraine lakes. Within it, it houses one of our National Parks.

It is not that long ago that Wicklow had its own gold rush. Avoca’s mines produced sulphur, copper and iron but also produced silver. Gold was to be found in the rivers surrounding Avoca and a mini gold rush took place. Today, the mines at Avoca are mostly closed and still provide golden opportunities but only to the keen photographer.

My plan for this blog was to purposely stay away from listing or explaining camera techniques or how to make technically good images but rather discuss the intuitive subtleties behind landscape photography. I find too many blogs discuss what it was like when the photographer was taking the picture, the weather, the trek to the location, how hard and difficult it was for the photographer to take the picture. When, in fact, those are the enjoyable facets of outdoor photography and to explain, or try to explain, what you were feeling or how difficult it was to take the image, for me, detracts from the image and sells the viewer short.

We all have our own unique way of capturing what we see. By enlarge, we all use the same equipment (some more expensive than others) but it is our own personal vision and our own unique response to our surroundings that make the image our own. It is those creative urges that get us up and about, out in the cold and rain to make images. Too often, as a landscape photographer, we seek out the grand vista and forget about the intimate landscape and the details which help complete our interpretation of a location. What we take from a location, once we’ve done it justice, is a visual experience we have preserved in the form of a set of images….hope you enjoy