Derek Smyth

Landscape Photographer | My Ireland Tour

Derek Smyth is a Landscape Photographer from Co Down, whose passion for photography started back in the 1980's. In those days he was using an Olympus 35mm film Camera. But it's only in the last six years, after he got a new Digital Camera, that he really started to take it seriously. Through his photography he has tried to create a collection of inspiring landscape and seascape images for himself and others to enjoy.

Derek Smyth Interview

How did you get into photography?

My love of photography started when I was a child, taking family snap shots on an old Kodak Brownie Camera. Some years later I was able to purchase an Olympus 35mm film camera along with a selection of lenses and started shooting landscapes. The 35mm Camera was replaced with Digital Camera System and my passion for photography has continued to grow and keeps me hooked on shooting landscapes. I grew up with a fond appreciation of nature and the outdoors and I'd like to think this is reflected in my photography.

What equipment do you use?

I use a Canon EOS 5D MkII Camera with a selection of Canon Lenses.

What are the ingredients for success within landscape photography?

Planning, patience and perseverance. Try to do some research before you go to a location. Check out things like sunrise, sunset times, weather forecast. Spend time exploring the area working on compositions and how the light will play on the landscape. Be prepared to sit and wait for as long as it takes for right conditions to create the photograph you have in mind. If all the conditions don't come together, being prepared to keep coming back to the same location over and over again until they do.

Where in Northern Ireland is your favourite place to shoot?

For me Donegal is hard to beat. There's such a variety of locations to photograph. From Mount Errigal and the Poison Glen, to the dramatic sea stacks and beaches on the coast.

What do you think makes Northern Ireland such a popular place to shoot landscape photography?

Ireland is renowned worldwide for its natural beauty. You have a great variety of landscapes all readily accessible, just waiting to be photographed. From the numerous mountain ranges to the thousands of miles of coastline, not forgetting the lakes and rivers in between. There's also a wealth of ancient ruins, medieval and historical sites which can give a landscape photograph added interest.

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