Photographing the light

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I've often read descriptions from landscape photographers that include the phrase "I photographed the light".  While I understand what they are saying, it seems to ignore the most important element in a landscape photograph, the landscape itself.

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For me, its always been about the place first. Success in landscape photography for me is all about being in the right place at the right time, and my feet, my eyes and my map-reading skills are just as important as my cameras and lenses.

For the most part, we get what we can. Many photographers talk about the magic hours of dawn and dusk, but a decent photographer should be able to take a decent photograph at any time of day. However, there is no denying that there are special times to photograph special places. Unfortunately there wouldn't be enough time in many lifetimes to photograph all those special places I've visited, in the special light I can imagine. So I just have to make do with what I've got, and leave the rest to everybody else.

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The above images were taken in the Picos de Europa National Park, Spain and on the west coast of Ireland, County Cork.