But he captured one of the most spectacular views of his life outside his front door.
Last night, the Northern Lights paid a visit to Donegal, and Doherty was on hand to capture them in the time lapse above.
“I live in Kilmacrennan and I get alerts when the aurora gets strong – and last night it was so strong I was able to watch it from the front door of the house – talk about a house with a view!” he told TheJournal.ie.
I always wanted to photograph the aurora with a reflection in the water but any time I’ve been in Alaska or Iceland the lakes have been frozen over so I made my way to Lough Salt.
It’s very dark up there so once your eyes adjust you can see it as well as the camera picked it up which is unusual in Ireland.
While standing there, a few passers by stopped who thought he had broken down. One of them Peter French, hopped out and started taking photos with Doherty.
“It was great to see the light show again and hopefully we have another night or two of it this year again,” said Doherty, who has a Facebook page dedicated to his photography.