The viewpoint at Magheracross, which lies between Portrush and Bushmills, affords the landscape photographer with one of the best views of the Northern Ireland. I drive past this viewpoint several times a week and never see the same scene twice. However, there are two constants, namely the strong wind (which is to be expected when standing at this altitude on the rugged Atlantic coast), and the powerful waves pounding those interesting rock structures into existence.
These little pink flowers grow along the top of the cliffs and must be very hardy indeed. I intentionally included them in my composition as I don't feel that an image entirely dominated by greens and blues quite works. I'm not an expert on colour theory but I must have listened accidently for a few minutes in school art class and know that on the colour wheel, opposite colours tend to compliment each other. As you can see below, green and pink work particularly well.
I am often asked by non-photographers, and less experienced photographers, 'did you Photoshop that?' The truth is that the best landscape photographs require little post-processing work. In this case I burnt the corner of the landscape photograph to push the viewers eye towards the drama in the center of the frame. The most important thing any landscape photographer can do is obtain a balanced, sharp, well composed image in the camera. For this landscape photograph I used a Lee 1.2 soft-edge graduated neutral density filter to control the brightness of the sky, and an exposure of just over a second to try and show how windy it was.
I hope you enjoy this and all my other Northern Ireland landscape photography.