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You have to take 4 minutes to watch this magical footage of the Wild Atlantic Way

We want to be there. Now.


PROFESSIONAL LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHER Peter Cox has spent more than 12 months working on a book of aerial images of Ireland’s west coast.

Cox used Kickstarter to fund his first book, The Irish Light, which is now looking at its third print run and he wants to see if he can do it again with Atlantic Light: The West Coast of Ireland in Photographs, something he has called “really special” (and we agree).

On the side, he’s been shooting some footage of the same magical sights of the Wild Atlantic Way.

He started experimenting with drones, landing on some of the most “isolated spots on the Irish coast”, as well as offshore lighthouses perched on dramatic crags and capturing Atlantic waves crashing off cliffs.

“In the last year, since the advent of drones that can carry a professional camera, I’ve been employing that technology to capture images that have proved impossible, or at the least impracticable until now,” he says.

But it hasn’t always been smooth sailing.

“As drone technology is still in its infancy, problems do occur and I’ve dealt with several, including one spectacular failure off the end of Loop Head the morning before the cover image was made,” he says. “That one resulted in one of the drone’s engines being torn off its mount due to a thrown rotor blade. Thankfully, I was able to recover it without incident and was flying again the next day.”

Today, Cox sent us this beautiful highlights reel, all shot over the past six months with a drone in Cork, Kerry, Clare and Donegal.

Sit back, relax and enjoy.

Source: Peter Cox/Vimeo

Music: Rise by Lights & Motion, licensed from musicbed.com
Filmed with a DJI S1000 and Canon 5D Mk III

Cox is hoping to finish the photography in May and take the 128-page book to press in June. He is seeking funds to pay the printing cost for 1,000 copies. 

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