Photographing Autumn in Ireland

Russet leaves, frosty mornings and a crispness in the air are just some of the sensory joys autumn brings. We caught up with three professional photographers who have shot autumn at its finest

Gougane Barra, County Cork provided by Peter Cox
Gougane Barra, County Cork provided by Peter Cox

Peter Cox

Peter Cox is a professional photographer living and working in the South-West of Ireland. His stunning prints can be seen at his photography gallery at 4 High St., Killarney, County Kerry, and they can be found in the collections of photography lovers all over the world. 

Peter writes:

Gougane Barra [above] in County Cork is a little-known gem. Beloved of many Irish people, few from outside the country are aware of it. A wonderfully calm morning produced a mirror-like reflection on the lake and a band of mist rising behind the church completes the picture. As I was making this photograph with a student, a local passed by. He paused, watched us for a moment, looked up at the view and exclaimed, "Aren't you lucky men!" How right he was.

This view of Doulus Bay [above in carousel] from the summit of Geokaun Mountain on Valentia Island, County Kerry, is a classic Irish view. Seen here on a blustery morning just as the sun is rising, the autumn colours are just taking root. I find the panoramic format works very well for grand views such as this, doing real justice to the location and the experience of being there. Being willing to get wet while making your photographs ensures that you get interesting skies.

Gareth McCormack

Gareth McCormack was born in County Tyrone and now lives in County Sligo. He has been a professional photographer for 15 years specialising in landscapes and adventure travel. Although he has been lucky enough to visit many wild and beautiful places around the world the Atlantic coast of Ireland is still among his favourite places to shoot. 

Gareth writes:

The powerful autumn swells always draw me to coastal locations like Fanad Head Lighthouse [below] for the added drama they lend. 

Also the bogland grasses turn wonderful russet tones throughout the autumn making mountain and bog landscapes a joy to shoot.

Mike Brown

Mike Brown has been a professional Landscape and Nature photographer for over 20 years. He has published 3 books of his work "Ireland's Wildlife - A Photographic Essay" 2002, "Images of Irish Nature" 2006 and "Wild Water, Wild Light - Images of the West Cork Coastline" 2009 and his work has been collected worldwide. Among the many awards Mike has won for his work, he was Irish Professional Photographers Association "Photographer of the Year 2003".

Mike writes:

Autumn in Ireland can be wonderful to photograph particularly where you find old mature woodland with large beech trees. The Bandon river valley [seen here in the background images. Simply click on the box on the bottom left of the page to view] has an abundance of these forested areas and they can provide some excellent opportunities if the weather is good to you.

Killarney National Park is another favourite area of mine to photograph in the autumn. The woodlands can be spectacular there and there are streams and waterfalls all over the area. As well as this, the autumn is the time the Red deer go into their rut and the stags bellow loudly for a month or so.

Now that you know how to photograph autumn, how about pointing your camera at a Giant's playground?

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