The seaside cliffs along the Ring of Kerry in Western Ireland really took my breath away. Being born and raised in the Florida Keys, I have always been comfortable with the ocean, but never with a landscape as awe inspiring and intense as this. So as my wife and I drove around the Kerry peninsula, we often stopped just to stare in wonder, completely awe struck, truly appreciating the powerful beauty of the timeless Irish coast.

Oh, and of course I always had my camera gear with me. 🙂

Technical Mumbo Jumbo

Camera: Nikon D800
Lens: 14-24 f/2.8 (Shot at 17 mm)
Tripod: RRS TVC-33 / BH-55 Ballhead / RRS L-Plate
ISO: 100 at f/8
3 Exposure Brackets (-2, -1, 0)

Location: Shot in Co. Kerry, Ireland – July 2012, and post-processed in Singapore – November 2012.

Hardware: 15” 2011 Macbook Pro, Wacom Intuos5 Small Tablet

Software: Lightroom, Photoshop, NIK Color Efex Pro 4

Technique and Details: Digital Blending

First, using Adobe Photoshop, I blended the 3 exposure brackets using a few hand painted masks. Simply put, the land is exposure 0, the sky is -2, and the water is a blend of 0 and -1. After that, the details were enhanced slightly using NIK Color Efex Pro and the color correction was done using only Adjustment Layers.

Espresso: Lavazza Rossa (Just broke into my backup supply)