Over to Peter …
If photography is all about the light, then photography in Dublin Bay is all about how the light combines with the tides. Where’s the water? What is it covering? What is not covering? I spent 3 enjoyable years rambling around Dublin’s coastline trying to figure out these details and I’m delighted to be able to share a bit of my experience here now.
I have favoured the southside locations a bit with close proximity to the talks at Dun Laoghaire. It’s my firm belief though that Dublin has so much to offer, from Skerries to Shankill and everything in between. Just in case there’s any talk of bias.
Much of the suggestions below relate to the tide, light, composition and what locations will work on the suggested dates. Firstly though a bit of gear chat for good measure. Every picture in the Dublin Salt Collection was captured using a Gitzo tripod. Predominantly with a Nikon 24mm PC lens and my 24 – 70 2.8, loaded on to a Nikon d850. A wide angle will always come in handy too (I used a 14 – 24 Nikon 2.8) and I don’t leave home without my 70 – 200 but that’s just me. The best shots around Dublin for me, often have bright reflecting water, so skies can often be managed with a soft, or medium grad rather than hard filters. Typically, I would carry my Lee .6 medium and my .9 soft grad ND. Stopper’s wise, I would say the 6 stop is probably the most multi-purpose filter for Dublin Bay. I use Lee and their IRND system, which I must say is superb. There’s always use for your solid 3 stop and 10 stop as well, so if you have these bring them along for good measure.
Anyway, enough of that, let’s talk locations. Read on and hope you get great light!