Getting ready to head off to explore some new locations for a new photo tour I am planning in 2014. Sometimes there is a lot of looking and searching and not a lot of photographing. Spending time finding the best locations so you don’t have to.

There are so many things that have to come together at the same time to make the image right. I have lost count of the times I felt I had a good shot only to be disappointed when I put it up on the screen. However, thankfully, sometimes it all comes together. I regularly have to remind myself that things do go right and what you need is not just gear but patience and persistence. Here are a selection of some of my favourite images from the coastline of Ireland.


Dun Bristé. Sea stack, Co Mayo.


Curragh, Aran Islands.


Tra Buí(Yellow beach) Co Sligo.

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Dublin Bay.


Giants Causeway, Co Antrim. Incidentally I am running a photo tour here in May. Click HERE to see the details. There are still a couple of places left. Also sign up for my free monthly newsletter now to keep up with what I am doing, be in with a chance to win free stuff and more. Click HERE.

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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12 Responses to Coasting.

  1. It’s interesting that you should make the point about exploration/research before photography – I was think about that this very morning. I often go out with ‘the gear’ wandering aimlessly looking for potential shots – far too much equipment for what I eventually use. A simpler approach, working out where and with what to take a photo, with a return trip in better conditions (my timeslots are invariably less than optimal). ….. On the other hand, to be there at the right time and place and not have ‘the gear’ with you can be somewhat frustrating too. Planned or opportunistic is the decision I suppose.

    • Hi Stephen and thanks for a great comment. I think both. It’s not always possible to be in a ace at the right time but time looking is never wasted even if you don’t have a camera with you. Nowadays I find it hard not to have a camera nearby and sometimes I have to make myself go out with one, realising that I’m not always in the humour to look.
      For instance the image of the sea stack took me a long time to make. I had to revisit several times to get the light right and a good part of that time was learning about the light at that location.

      • It’s definitely a good idea to have some ‘pet’ subjects close to home – if not to create masterpiece, to understand how light and conditions can affect subjects.

  2. Truly beautiful images, the 2nd image of a boat on still water is amazing.

  3. Joe Kennedy says:

    I know what it feels like to go to a pre determined place again and again and still not be satisfied. Recently I have been doing more, research checking weather patterns , tides , wind direction google maps etc. just to try and make life or the shoot a little easier but it doesn’t all ways pan out. But going back to a location during different time of the year is a must.

  4. Amazing pictures! Love the first one 🙂

  5. Nick Twinney says:

    Some really lovely images here Brian, love number 2

  6. Vita Monica says:

    Nice blog 😀 I love looking at your photos, I nominate you with Sunshine Blog Awards, see this link below:

  7. unordinary1world says:

    Reblogged this on unordinary1world and commented:
    The world is so beautiful #nature

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  9. thetangent333 says:

    Reblogged this on Tangent and commented:
    Beautiful images…

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