Into the West.

The Aran Islands.  Inis Oirr on the left, Inis Mann in the middle and Inis Mor on the right.


Derryclare Lough, Connemara.


We have had a last-minute cancellation on the photo tour to the west of Ireland.  The dates are 16th to the 22nd of September so if you feel you deserve to spend a week visiting, as well as photographing unique locations in the company of like-minded, enthusiastic people, sharing great food, staying in fantastic accommodation, experiencing a friendly Irish welcome then contact me here on my blog now!  it doesn’t matter what level of photographer you are.  If you would like to bring a non photographing partner we can make all the arrangements too.  All you have to do is get to Shannon airport for the 16th of September and we will look after everything else.



About briancooney123

HOW I GOT HERE Of course, I wasn’t always a full time photographer. I spent a lot of time in the corporate world. I had a job which paid well, but just didn’t excite me. I remember the day when I had had enough. Enough of selling myself short, enough of dreaming too small, enough of doing what others expected of me. I had put away my dreams and told myself I would get back to them later, but somehow there always seemed to be something else that had to get done first. A friend of mine had recommended I take the NLP Business Practitioners course, and although I was really busy, I decided to do it. During that time, I began to imagine the different paths my life could take from here. While I had a hazy picture of what this other life might look like, I had a clear picture of where my current life was going if I didn’t change. It was a scary moment, a bit like standing on the edge of a cliff deciding whether to jump into the great unknown or stay on the cliff, safe but trapped. I jumped. The transition to the life I wanted was challenging The transition to the life I wanted was challenging but I would never go back. After that day I resolved to do what I love, to follow my bliss.  Picking up a camera after several years away, I found that many things had changed, the digital age had arrived. In the intervening years, I was too busy to pay any attention to my photography, and occasionally when I took something I really liked, I would think “how do some photographs seem so captivating and others leave me completely cold?” I knew this is what I was meant to do Somehow though, I knew this is what I was meant to do. I dedicated myself to learning everything I could about being a photographer. I took many, many courses and I read every book I could get my hands on, I still do. Since then, I have dedicated myself to helping other creative photographers achieve the results they want. And what a journey it has been. Last year I qualified as a coach. My main area of interest is creativity and helping others to express their vision. WHAT I BELIEVE Along the way, I’ve learnt that there are no rules. Experiment, explore, play. My advice is to make your art from your heart, not for the praise or the money.  Lighten up. It’s important to take your photography seriously, but it's a mistake to take yourself too seriously. Finally, you get what you want when you never, ever give up so enjoy every minute of it and just do it!
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16 Responses to Into the West.

  1. Oh, man, if I won the lottery I would so be there! Great pics & processing.

  2. hope you bought a ticket then!

  3. MikeP says:

    Love the moody skies and horizontal pano look… nice! Do you run any July through end of August weekly photo tours 2013????

  4. Have a great few days shooting and I am sorry I cannot be there due to exhibition commitments.I am sure to catch the next trip though.

  5. Lucie says:

    I love the b/w effect and how the clouds take over the picture.
    Unfortunately I can’t join you on your photo-tour. I would love to. I did not experience the West to this extent. But I wish you all the best with your tour – and fantastic pictures to come!

  6. eof737 says:

    Beautiful… TY for spearheading this week’s photo challenge. 🙂

  7. Hey Brian,
    I’ve been following your blog, and u are one of my biggest fans, but I wanted to ask that, what settings do u put when u take these pictures?

    Deema’s Planet

    • Hi Deema!
      well now that is a difficult question to answer. I shoot with a DSLR camera set in manual. I shoot colour and process into B&W. Sometimes I use a long exposure to give water that soft look and sometimes not. The most important thing I think is not to get hung up on the camera. The best photographers take photographs with their eyes and their hearts and minds. They photograph what they are interested in and what they want to share with the world and you are doing that already!

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