John Eagle Photography: Blog en-us (C) John Eagle Photography (John Eagle Photography) Tue, 15 Aug 2017 07:33:00 GMT Tue, 15 Aug 2017 07:33:00 GMT John Eagle Photography: Blog 120 80 Offshore island


I wanted to see how far my Phantom 3 drone would fly, as I have experienced distance problems, so I chose a perfect wind free day to test its distance. I flew over Inisfernard an island off the Beara coast. I got almost to the end of the island before the red warning, about 2km from where I held the base controller. On the way back I became aware of three jet skis tearing up the Kenmare Bay. Inisfernard translates as the Island of the Big Man


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Fastnet Rock lighthouse FastnetFastnetFirst lighthouse built 1854, made of cast iron it replaced the light on Cape Clear. When the similar cast iron lighthouse on the Calf Rock was destroyed it was decided to build a granite one
See it up close and personal on
The Southern Lighthouse Tour

First lighthouse built 1854, made of cast iron it replaced the light on Cape Clear. When the similar cast iron lighthouse on the Calf Rock was destroyed it was decided to build a granite one
See it up close and personal on
The Southern Lighthouse Tour

]]> (John Eagle Photography) ; ;granite atlantic atlantic; coast; cornish fastnet fastnet; fastnetprint for framing; lighthouse lighthouse; ocean picture; race; rock teardrop wallprint; way; wild yacht Sun, 13 Aug 2017 07:04:48 GMT
Tight squeeze A Tight Squeeze

I decided to fly Eagle Eye, my Phantom 3 Advanced , through the caves known as The Arches on the north side of Ballydonegan Bay. It was a tight squeeze, and I lay awake the night before hoping I wouldn't crash the drone. Still all went according to plan and I hope you enjoy the result. I start the video off with showing you the location which is then followed by a fly over the target area and a wave from yours truly! Then its down to the business of going through the arches

]]> (John Eagle Photography) 3 Advanced Allihies Arches Ballydonegan Bay Beara Ireland Phantom The Sat, 17 Jun 2017 18:37:04 GMT
Re-working a painting for charity Re-working a painting for charity

As many of you know I have been battling cancer since October 2016. I have been on chemo twice, December to January, operation in March and then second round of chemo starting May for nine weeks. I spent two and a half weeks in hospital after my 12 hour operation to remove my oesphagus. All these trips I had to make to hospital were, for the large part, arranged for me by a dedicated group of volunteers called Cancer Connect. The drivers do it for the love of it, devoting their time free of charge. The fuel they use is paid for by Cancer Connect.

I wanted to find a way to say a big thank you, so I painted the following oil early June

'Seamus bringing home the sheep' oil on canvas 20x16 inches

I took time and trouble with this one, working from an idea I had in my head, the two things that usually lead to a disastrous painting and sure enough it was not the best I had ever done. If I stay painting for longer than 30 minutes I start to make it look pretty and it always goes wrong as happened to this one, and that awful misshapen head of a creature appeared on the right of the valley and I wasn't sure how to correct it. I was also working from an idea that I had beforehand which is recipe for disaster. I don't paint from ideas, not from pictures or scenes for that matter. Everyone and the World tries to make me do them like that and I refuse. They tell me my paintings are too dark, why don't I paint bright blue scenes with a smiley sun looking down, everyone thinks best, but they are fine to have their say, I just wish they would tell some wall and not me

Anyhow I decided to re-paint part of the oil, without fore thought, and do it quickly and the result is below and I hope you all like it. The painting below will be auctioned at the opening of the Beara Arts Festival August 4th in Castletownbere. Starting price €450. So if you decide to buy, you are helping someone with cancer


Bringing the sheep homeBringing the sheep homeSeamus bringing the sheep home, oil on canvas 20x16 inches, painting by John Eagle

As you can see I kept Seamus and his sheep and the stream flowing into the valley, but I also darkened the foreground

]]> (John Eagle Photography) Art Beara Eagle Ireland Irish John arty canvas hidden landscape oil on painting peninsula valley Sat, 10 Jun 2017 21:53:19 GMT
Oil painting Hidden ValleyHidden ValleyReturning home to my house in the hidden valley on the Beara peninsulla

I was in an indifferent mood this morning, slept in late after taking my chemo tablets knowing full well I should be going to the funeral of a friend in Allihies at 1pm. But I had had a bad night, very sick, and I didn't really feel well enough to drive over to Allihies. If I did leave for the funeral then I would need to leave the house by Noon at the latest, but the cats needed feeding and so I went out to the studio and after feeding them decided a seascape might be a nice oil to paint. As it turned out I painted the above landscape. I never know what I am going to paint, it always comes straight out of my head onto the canvas. I am really pleased with this one. I think I work better under a bit of pressure, that being to get it done so I had time to drive to Allihies. I got it done all finished in about 30 minutes and realised I wouldn't make the gathering before the burial, then I realised I wouldn't make the burial either. Being on chemo I am not supposed to to attend gatherings anyway.  Just think, if I don't suvive then this oil might be worth a fortune!!

This one I am calling 'The Hidden Valley' and you can also see it on my website or you can purchase prints of it from right here on my Zenfolio site.

I am rather pleased with my effort. The oil is 20x16 inches, oil on canvas

]]> (John Eagle Photography) Art Beara Eagle Ireland Irish John arty canvas hidden landscape oil on painting peninsula valley Sat, 20 May 2017 20:13:28 GMT
After the Storm After the StormAfter the Stormoil on canvas

A few years ago I painted this oil, calling it 'After the Storm' and hung it at Anam Cara Artist and Writer's Retreat in Eyeries, where it hung for many years. Then in September the poet D.J. Gaskin came to stay there, a Ronan Lynagh and John Saunders. Together they were inspired to write poems and songs inspired by my painting. Nothing like this had ever happened to me before and I was greatly moved. Sue Booth Forbes who runs the Anam Cara Artist and Writers Retreat Centre asked me roun d for supper to meet these wonderful people, and then afterwards they recited their poems and songs, and I recorded them doing that with my iphone. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do

After the StormRonan Lynagh playing a song on his guitar inspired by my painting

After the StormJohn Saunders reciting a poem inspired by my painting

After the StormPoet D.J. Gaskins recites a poem inspired by my oil painting

]]> (John Eagle Photography) Beara Irish Fri, 21 Oct 2016 21:22:30 GMT
Wild Atlantic Way videos Wild Atlantic Way ~ Irish Lighthouse videos

I've been flying my drone 'Eagle Eye' making lots of videos of wild Irish headlands, especially ones with lighthouses on

Cromwell Point lighthouseVideo shot from Eagle Eye last day of March 2016

The above is of Cromwell Point which I shot on the very last day of March which turned out to be a gorgeous day. This I recorded a narrative for and also made a bit long. After this I decided that it was best to shoot a quick video with just the sound of the ocean and no talking as the surf sounds were drowning out the narrative. Viewers can see my website for information on these lighthouse, and also come on my lighthouse tours to learn more, therefore listening to me on the video wasn't necessary.

Ballycotton which I shot during the Southern Irish Lighthouse Tour was a touch scary, as there were lots of seagulls flying in circles round Eagle Eye and I feared they might collide with it. I was constantly soaring to avoid a collision or banking away. I flew out to sea to get away from them to a shot of the whole island, but that meant I had to find a safe way back. In the end I returned safely and neither the gulls or Eagle Eye were harmed.

Galley Head I shot on a beautiful fine morning. I had originally filmed a video of Galley Head in February, putting a narrative with it. Back then I did not fly very far away as I was nervous of going over the sea. Fears of it dropping out of the sky and meeting a watery end played heavy on my mind. However as it was pointed out to me by another photographer if it came down on land it would most likely smash into lots of pieces. It is something a drone pilot must consider, that the device will fall and if you are not prepared then you shouldn't be flying it in the first place. There are rules to be obeyed, like not flying over people for obvious reasons. I do my utmost to obey these rules and film in remote locations

Hook Head in April. Not remote but quiet. This is one of the most visited lighthouses in the country, on par with the Mizen which also attracts thousands of visitors each year. As you can see in the above video there weren't many people there. It was a damp cloudy day when I arrived, but brightened up superbly an hour after I arrived. I was here again at the start of July on the Southern Irish Lighthouse Tour but then there were lots of people and the weather wasn't so good. I saw the risks with all those people there and knew it was best not to try a flight; besides it was going to be difficult to improve on the above April video

Sheep's HeadRemote location ideal for flying a drone. The lighthouse was built to assist oil tankers entering Bantry Bay on their way to the Whiddy Island Oil Terminal

This is one of those gorgeous remote locations Ireland is famous for, even so there are people who have chosen to walk here for the wildness of the Sheep's Head Way. You can see them milling around the base of the lighthouse. You will also see I fly Eagle Eye at a distance from them, never over them. The subject matter here for me was the lighthouse, and its amazing location. A small lighthouse, not very interesting, and yet in its position made to look exciting. You start to wonder what mammals might be swimming in the ocean below

Dursey Island apprach

Dursey Island, above, is truly special. Far from the madding crowd, and with an old lighthouse to boot. You can just make out a ruin on the right. This was a temporary lighthouse built after the Calf Rock lighthouse was destroyed in a violent storm in the 1880s. It operated until the lighthouse on the Bull Rock was completed. In 1994 I flew out to the Bull Rock to take a picture for postcard #8 in the Irish Lighthouse Series and while I was out there Captain Mick Conneely asked me if I would like a picture of the Calf Rock as well. I thanked him and as he flew me there in the Bolkow helicopter I looked out at the awesome sight of Dursey and snapped two pictures. One of these I produced as a framed print which can be seen on the wall of Casey's Hotel in Glengarriff, the other as a postcard, with text on the back by local author Penny Durell. It became one of my biggest selling postcards. I shot it on colour slide, and over the years it faded and faded. I saved it digitally but even so there was a problem because a hairline mark meant good printing impossible. So I wanted to go back and re take the picture and had the good fortune to get the beautiful surf lines you see in the above video. The original aerial shot you can see on my News page of my website. As well as video I produced a new postcard of Dursey which you can purchase from my postcard page if you wish

Other lighthouse videos include Ballinacourty, Roche's Point, Loop Head and Kilcredaune which is a no longer working lighthouse on the River Shannon

To finish here are a couple of gorgeous headlands on the Wild Atlantic Way, firstly the Cod's Head

I love this place, all those slanting rock lines, well off the beaten track where there is no likelihood of people. Beautiful wild Ireland, remote and yet not so remote. In the distance on the right you can just make out Allihies village, on the left just out of shot is Eyeries village. It was on the Cod's Head that scenes were shot for the film 'Falling for a Dancer' one of Colin Farrell's first movies

Last but not least is Kilcatherine, which is close to my heart. I often take my dog for walks along this headland, which sits between the Kenmare Bay and Coulagh Bay.

Prints are available from images I shot whilst making the videos, and I have a cracking one of Kilcatherine see below. At least I think its a cracker

Kilcatherine PointKilcatherine Point

I hope you enjoy my videos, John Eagle


]]> (John Eagle Photography) Atlantic Way Wild Wed, 06 Jul 2016 23:10:34 GMT
Dursey Island Dursey IslandDursey IslandDursey Island from the western end

Dursey Island

In 1994 I was flying in a Bolkow helicopter  with Capt. Mick Conneely between the Bull Rock lighthouse and the Calf Rock when I noticed out of the window an interesting view of Dursey, which I snapped with my trusty Canon A-1 using colour slide film. I should have taken several shots, but hindsight is wonderful. Little did I realise how popular my shot would be. I made a postcard from the shot, helped by Penny Durell who was writing a book on the island which later became Discover Dursey. She wrote the text that appeared on the back of the postcard. The postcard sold in its thousands. Anyway June 7th 2016 was a nice day so I took my drone Eagle Eye for a flight off the western end and the above shot is one of many I took. I also shot a video see below, while I at it

Dursey IslandVideo from Eagle Eye at the Western End of the Dursey flying in and looking at thousands of sea pinks

Prints are available here on my Zenfolio site and also from my personal pro lab, which you can order from off my website:


]]> (John Eagle Photography) Beara Dursey Island Tue, 07 Jun 2016 23:20:44 GMT
Northern Ireland Lighthouse Tour 2016 Northern Irish Lighthouse tour 2016The 2016 Northern Tour route

Join me on a fabulous trip up the Wild Atlantic Way through Galway, Mayo, Sligo, Donegal, Antrim, Down and Dublin seeing the lighthouses of Northern Ireland and the West coast. Only 4 places available, 2 sold already

The Northern Irish Lighthouse Tour 2016 awaits you

Fog signalFog signalFog signal machine at St. Johns lighthouse Down

See a beautifully kept fog signal machine start up and run

St. John's PointSt. John's PointSt. John's Point lighthouse, Co. Down

St. Johns, Co. Down

I'm the author of two books on Irish lighthouses


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After Sheep After SheepAfter SheepOil on canvas. Seamus going after sheep in a valley of Beara

Oil on canvas. Seamus going after sheep in a valley of Beara

I have gone back to painting after a spell away from it. This is the second one I have done in two days and I am really pleased with the result

]]> (John Eagle Photography) oil on canvas John Eagle Art Beara Sat, 30 Apr 2016 20:08:01 GMT
The Beara Peninsula

I have filming several aspects of the Beara Peninsula in South West Ireland, promoting for the website which is the number one site for finding accommodation and ranks very highly for for finding a place to eat. This particular video shows the Mare's Tail waterfall in Adrigole which featured in the Neil Jordan vampire movie Byzantium. Neil turned the waterfall blood red for one scene

]]> (John Eagle Photography) Bysantium Neil Jordan Mare's Tail Adrigole Beara Discover Thu, 21 Apr 2016 10:31:37 GMT
An old traditional Irish window An old traditional Irish windowAn old traditional Irish windowAn old traditiona Irish shop window

An old traditional Irish shop window.

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Great weather conditions came my way on the final day of March when I went over to Cromwell Point lighthouse to take some pictures and was rewarded with pictures to treasure and video footage I have always dreamed of getting

]]> (John Eagle Photography) lighthouse Cromwell Point Irish Lights Fri, 01 Apr 2016 11:08:41 GMT
Traditional Irish Music

On Easter Saturday I was lucky enough to film Michael O'Driscoll and his sister Eileen playing traditional Irish music in their home here in Beara. They agreed to play so I could add their music to my video of Eyeries. The videos of them playing can be seen at:
and the video of Eyeries I did with my drone is at:

]]> (John Eagle Photography) Trad. Irish Music Eyeries Beara Sun, 27 Mar 2016 16:02:47 GMT
The Harbour's Mouth

I took Eagle Eye out over the entrance to Berehaven to film the Piper Rocks and Ardnakinna lighthouse. This was the result

]]> (John Eagle Photography) lighthouse Ardnakinna Piper Rocks Wed, 23 Mar 2016 22:44:31 GMT
Aerial videos of lighthouses

I've been out and about doing aerial videos of lighthouses on the south coast, Loop Head featured here out in the extremities of County Clare. I'm shooting them from my Phantom 3 Advanced drone called Eagle Eye. I am doing voice overs with them to tell viewers a little about each lighthouse. So please check them out. Hope you enjoy them.

There is also a new gallery called Eagle Eye showing stills I have taken with the drone

John Eagle

]]> (John Eagle Photography) Loop Head Mizen Galley Crookhaven Kilcredaune lighthouses Wed, 24 Feb 2016 20:06:18 GMT
Star Wars VII location: Skellig Michael Skellig MichaelSkellig MichaelThe stairway Rey climbs up to meet up with Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars movie The Force Awakens. She climbs up and passes through the low doorway that goes to the monastic settlement. Picture John Eagle


This is the stairway Rey climbs up to meet up with Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars movie The Force Awakens. She climbs up and passes through the low doorway that goes to the monastic settlement. More of my views of Skellig Michael can seen at the link below. Good enough film, but if LucasFilms make one more Death Star I shall scream. The Force Awakens was visually impressive but just lacked a good story line. You can't keep making the same one over and over. We want something new please.


]]> (John Eagle Photography) Awakens Force Michael Skellig Star The Wars Mon, 21 Dec 2015 12:06:57 GMT
Helicopter at Ardnakinna Helicopter at ArdnakinnaHelicopter at ArdnakinnaIrish Helicopters Eurocopter 135 taking off from Ardnakinna lighthoiuse on Bere Island


Irish Helicopters Eurocopter 135 taking off from Ardnakinna lighthoiuse on Bere Island

Irish Helicopters Eurocopter 135 taking off from Ardnakinna lighthoiuse on Bere Island

Starting to get a collection of helicopters so I thought why not make a new gallery of pictures. I've called it Aircraft

]]> (John Eagle Photography) Atlantic Irish Way Wild aircraft helicopters lighthouse Wed, 16 Dec 2015 22:05:04 GMT
Galley Head lantern Galley Head lanternGalley Head lanternGalley Head lighthouse on the south coast of Co. Cork was once the most powerful lantern in Ireland. I often bring people here on tour. Picture John Eagle


I thought I would have a look through my after dark pictures of lighthouses and put the best ones up here on my Zenfolio website. This one is Galley Head lighthouse on the south coast of Co. Cork was once the most powerful lantern in Ireland. I often bring people here on tour. You can see the others at:



]]> (John Eagle Photography) Atlantic Irish Way Wild after dark lighthouses Wed, 09 Dec 2015 20:59:04 GMT
Fastnet lighthouse


The Fastnet seen from the western side, taken in April after a bit of a storm. In the background you can see a fishing boat gathering pots. I have been to the Fastnet many times both by helicopter and boat. It holds a certain fascination for me. In these rough winter storms it is hard not to feel pity for the lighthouse standing out there. Imagine the life of the keepers there, being pounded by savage gales. This tower was completed in 2004, replacing the cast iron one, the stump of which you can see painted black. They decided to replace when a similar cast iron tower on the Calf Rock was destroyed. I have pictures of that as well from sea and air.

You can see my other Fastnet pictures at:


]]> (John Eagle Photography) Atlantic Fastnet Ireland Way Wild lighthouse Wed, 09 Dec 2015 16:39:45 GMT