A few months ago I came across an image on another Cork Photographer's website ( Ronan Kirby at http://www.duchais.com) and immediately thought "I have to find that place". The image was of the breathtaking Novohal Cove in County Cork. Over the weekend I have finally managed to get out there, and it was well worth the trip. After taking a few wrong turns, I eventually found the cove a few miles outside Novohal Village about an hour before sunset and got to work. A friend described the place as a quintessential pirate's cove, and honestly he was right!
The Quintessential Pirate's Cove
With numerous caves, inlets and rocky precipices, coupled with the turquoise waters this could easily be a landscape from the mind of Robert Louis Stevenson.
Not being familiar with the area it took me a while, and a good climb, to find a reasonable vantage point to work from. I had planned to shoot with the sun side-lighting the scene, but was unsure of the exact position of the scene in relation to the sun and unfortunately many of my shots were spoiled by lens flare, as seen in the first photo, I really must invest in a decent wide angle lens hood!
Its a long way down
However all was not lost, as I came away with this black and white image that I'm very satisfied with. The short trip also proved to be a good scouting mission as I plan to return here to try some night sky photography at a later date.
All's not lost