Perfection in Landscape Photography by Gary McParland – with Interview

Today we proudly present a surprising post. It’s a special edition, with a truly professional photographer’s artwork. The following landscapes speak more than a whole dictionary of words, they are rich in composition, light and color, life and every possible technique used in photography to achieve perfection. The author of these amazing photos is Gary McParland, who agreed to answer a few questions for us, in an exclusive interview. Don’t miss the advice he gives!
Q: Hello Gary and welcome to pxleyes.com community. Please introduce yourself.
A: I come from Co Armagh in N Ireland. I have been doing landscape photography seriously for the last 6 years but I have always loved cameras and photography. I am a qualified graphic designer – Film Photography and Darkroom techniques were part of my college courses. But it was the advent of digital that really grabbed my attention and I suppose it has become a bit of an obsession ever since.

Sunset on the Lake Sunset on the Lake

Q: You obviously are a professional photographer. What exactly draws you into this amazing world of still art?
A: I love getting out to a location, be it standing in the middle of a river below a mountain, walking through a forest or standing at the coast watching massive waves crash in around me. I mainly shoot at sunrise or sunset and it’s a nice feeling when you are the only person watching an amazing scene unfold before you. I always try to pause and take it all in. Of course then I try to capture it as best as I can.

Camlough Lake at Dawn Camlough Lake at Dawn

Q: Talent or technique? Why?
A: I think a bit of both. I come from an artistic background (drawing and painting). I grew up learning about composition so it kind of comes naturally when I’m looking at a scene. I don’t think that will make you a success alone as I think it is important to learn the technology you are using, so it becomes a second nature and you don’t end up fumbling for buttons and miss what’s happening. I never had any formal training but with lots of practice I have been able to balance both to a point where I am comfortable.

Sunrise in Derrymore Woods Sunrise in Derrymore Woods

Q: The most important rule in photography, according to you, is…?
A: Composition and light. Landscape photographers spend all their time obsessing over light and I am no different. It makes a huge difference to a scene if you have some wonderful low light to add texture and drama. It can turn the ordinary into the extraordinary. Once I have found a composition that I am happy with, I cross my fingers and wait for the right light.

Derrymore Sunrise Derrymore Sunrise

Q: What other hobbies do you have?
A: I enjoy football, playing and watching. I’m a big Sci-fi and fantasy fan and love everything from Star Trek to Lord of the Rings. I have two young boys so it’s a good excuse to watch the Harry Potter films back to back – lol. I also like gaming and I’m in the middle of the latest Call of Duty game. This is all in between the photography of course.

Autumn Sunrise II Autumn Sunrise II

Q: Please share some piece of advice for the photographers just starting out in this field.
A: The biggest piece of advice I can give is Practice. Read everything you can from magazines and books to internet blogs like this one and get out with the camera as much as possible. I have read up on and tried lots of different techniques from smoke trails to macro and portraits. I have even shot my first wedding before Christmas which was way out of my comfort zone. But I feel it’s all an invaluable learning process and I still have a long way to go.

Moody Buachaille Etive Mor (mono)

Moody Buachaille Etive Mor (mono)

Dunseverick

Dunseverick

Jetty at Killowen Point

Jetty at Killowen Point

The Wreck

The Wreck

Fanad Head Lighthouse

Fanad Head Lighthouse

Rowing Boat at Greencastle

Rowing Boat at Greencastle

Trassey River

Trassey River

DUNLEWY CHURCH B&W

DUNLEWY CHURCH B&W

White Park Bay

White Park Bay

Dunluce Castle

Dunluce Castle

Frost on the lake B&W

Frost on the lake B&W

Mussenden Temple

Mussenden Temple

Narrowwater Keep

Narrowwater Keep

Curlew Point B&W – Killough

Curlew Point B&W - Killough

Streedagh Point

Streedagh Point

The Cladagh River

The Cladagh River

Waterfall – Glenaniff River

Waterfall - Glenaniff River

Pollanass River

Pollanass River

Kilwirra Church

Kilwirra Church

Templetown Sunset

Templetown Sunset

Proleek Dolmen at Sunset

Proleek Dolmen at Sunset

Fishing Boat at Sunset

Fishing Boat at Sunset

Celtic Stronghold

Celtic Stronghold

Twilight At Proleek Dolmen

Twilight At Proleek Dolmen

Ballagan Point, Carlingford – Co Louth

Ballagan Point, Carlingford - Co Louth

Giles Quay Sunset – Co Louth

Giles Quay Sunset - Co Louth

Roches Castle – Co Louth

Roches Castle - Co Louth

Ancient Paths – Roches Castle, Co Louth

Ancient Paths - Roches Castle, Co Louth

Abandoned – Carlingford, Co Louth

Abandoned - Carlingford, Co Louth

Dunluce Light

Dunluce Light

Crashing waves at Sunset

Crashing waves at Sunset

Causeway Mood

Causeway Mood

Coastal Cascades

Coastal Cascades

Ballintoy Arch

Ballintoy Arch

Dunluce Castle at Sunset

Dunluce Castle at Sunset

Ess Na Larach Light

Ess Na Larach Light

ELephant Rock – Ballintoy

ELephant Rock - Ballintoy

Evening Light at Dunluce

Evening Light at Dunluce

The Road Goes Ever On & On

The Road Goes Ever On & On

Dunluce Castle at Twilight

Dunluce Castle at Twilight

The Wishing Arch

The Wishing Arch

Ess Na Crub Waterfall

Ess Na Crub Waterfall

#Spirits Of The Past

Spirits Of The Past

Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland

A Winters Sunset

A Winters Sunset

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3 Responses:

  1. Kavya Hari says:

    Hi all these pictures are amazing .And, thanks a lot for sharing your valuable pictures on here.
    Are you visual communication student?

    ( 2 years and 1489 days ago )
  2. Shine says:

    Breath taking

    ( 2 years and 1448 days ago )
  3. LoriK says:

    wow…just WOW. stunning is all I can think of.

    ( 2 years and 1129 days ago )

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