Inch Strand, Dingle Peninsula
The beautiful sight of some late afternoon sun on a lovely summer’s day in Western Ireland, specifically the Dingle Peninsula in Co. Kerry. Ok, so this one doesn’t fit perfectly with the title of this Gallery, but if it hasn’t exactly got mountains, and you would struggle to call it wild, I think the water here more than makes up for that. Inch bay is one of those places where the tide goes out quite a long way, and because of the low gradient comes back in relatively steadily, creating some great surfing apparently. On a calm day with little wind, and the tide on its way back out, luckily the waters of the Atlantic turned into a mirror for me, especially where it lay as a thin film on the surface of the sand. It seems this isn’t that uncommon, as a couple of other photographers have managed to capture this marvellous combination, including Sean Tomkins -a print of a similar view taken by him adorns my bedroom wall. I think the orientation of the bay, the shape and size of Knockafeehane and the surrounding hills, combined with the lie of the land make this a particularly photogenic spot, and you could easily spend hours here with a camera and tripod. This shot came relatively quickly for me as we arrived fairly late in the day, on our way back from Tralee and we were all a bit tired and hungry. We couldn’t pass up this chance though, especially as it had been horribly wet in town that day. Had one of those frustrating days though as I ran out of film just moments after I took this, and the rest of the day was snapped on my phone. Definitely a moment when I regretted not going digital! But I think the result is worth it, the depth of colour and shadow definition is much better in this and other photos than I got with the phone (but then I guess that’s what you’d expect).
If you want to buy this print, it’s best to order at something like 15″x11″ or similar.
All images © Stephen Tyrrell, Mountains, Wild Places & Water, 2013. All rights reserved.