Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

Picture of the sunset over the Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

Cliffs of Moher, Ireland (September 2009)

Those of you who’ve been around Journey Photographic for a while will have no doubt noticed that I am not a landscape shooter, at least not of the sweeping-vistas-in-beautiful-evening/morning-light variety. That said, when I decided to visit Ireland, one of my major goals was to work on my landscape skills.

The Cliffs of Moher seemed like the perfect subject, but on our arrival we were greeted by a dark grey sky, blustering winds and freezing rain. Luckily, I managed to squeeze in a visit after dinner the next day, when conditions were decidedly more agreeable (although the freezing temperatures remained the same).

And if these cliffs look familiar, they’ve featured in many movies, including a starring role as the ‘Cliffs of Insanity’ in the movie of The Princess Bride.

(You can see more pictures from Ireland on Journey Photographic here)

46 thoughts on “Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

    • It’s both – it was pretty dark by the time this picture was taken, and I underexposed to enhance as much of the light in the sky as possible. In postproduction, I used gradient filters in Lightroom to balance the exposure and (very slightly) enhance the sky colour. The end result is what it looked like on the night, it just took a little trickery to keep the camera from washing it out.

  1. I do not know Ireland but I know well the Scotland.
    These beautiful cliffs remind me a little my Brittany, the country of my roots. Beautiful composition quite gently.

  2. Yep, those are definitey cliffs I’ve seen in several movies before. Can place them now thanks to you πŸ™‚

    What’s the structure on the far end of the cliffs?

  3. I’ve been there too! πŸ™‚
    Had my packed lunch at the edge of the cliffs!!
    It’s really cold and windy…

    Ireland is very similar to Scotland, I think!
    Great place for walking.

  4. I really like this photograph. From the others I saw that you took in Ireland, I don’t know why you say you aren’t much of a landscape photographer. You have a great sense of framing.

  5. Love it!!! Excellent work as usual JP!!! I’ve been told lately that I should use the old phrase “camera-tricks”, so I’m passing on the advice to you πŸ™‚ It’s not trickery to prevent anything from washing out by using the tools at hand, it’s simply good artistry!!!

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