Pilgrim on the summit of Croagh Patrick by John Mee photography

Pilgrim on the Summit of Croagh Patrick


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Just outside Westport town in county Mayo, there is a small village called Murrisk. Murrisk is dominated by a mountain called Croagh Patrick. You can walk up this mountain and visit the small church on the summit. Every year, tens of thousands of people make this pilgrimage. Many do it for religious reasons – others, for reasons known only to themselves. Who knows the reason this pilgrim on the summit of Croagh Patrick climbed.

Whatever the reason, most will stand atop and admire the view of the Atlantic Ocean out over Clew Bay and the county of Mayo. I’ve done this. It’s a moment to be at one with yourself.

A .9 soft ND Graduated filter was used to darken the sky because I wanted the image to be about the reasons people climb Croagh Patrick – the personal journey, and less about the landscape itself, no matter how beautiful it is.

On my workshops I can show you the techniques you can use to capture the landscape in dramatic black and white and more importantly, how you can capture the essence of the land we live in.

There are many simple techniques you can use in Lightroom to coax the very best out of an image when converting it to black and white, and I can show you how.


Lovingly printed on 250 g/m² Epson Luster Premium Photo paper using genuine Epson inks. Delivered rolled in a tube. Local delivery flat in a cello envelope.

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