Northern Ireland

Finn Beales is a photographer from Hay-on-Wye, Wales who you’ve no doubt come across at some point considering he’s been described by a few websites as one of the top 10 Instagrammers you should be following. I came across his work last year for exactly that reason, and have really enjoyed following his travels. His submission includes photos of the coast of Northern Ireland – a trip that was commissioned by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board. Finn was chosen by Issue Seven photographer Robert-Paul Jansen.









Tell us about the location in the photos.

I was commissioned by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board to shoot a road trip through the country. NI has received a lot of negative press over the years but my experiences couldn’t have been more positive. Hugely welcoming people and the landscape is stunning… rugged coastline, inland lakes, ancient forests. No wonder the area is used as a location for Game of Thrones.

How did you get started in photography?

I am self taught but have a background in design. I think the experience I gained working as a designer was invaluable and certainly helped develop my visual sensibilities. I started shooting to compliment my design work and it was more about learning the technical aspects of photography as opposed to composition/framing which came fairly naturally.

Does anything in particular influence your photography style?

Childhood experiences for sure… spare time was spent aboard my Dad’s sailboat; making passage across the sea for days and nights on end… watching tiny ships hug the horizon… lots of time to think. Such experiences have formed who I am today and definitely feed into the images I make.

What photography gear do you use?

Canon 5D Mkiii – 50mm 1.2 // 35mm 1.4 // 70-200mm 2.8
Hasselblad 500 c/m – 80mm 2.8
Contax T3 35mm
Fuji Instax
iPhone 6

Are there any products you swear by?

Scout Seattle lock knife
Petzl Head torch with flip down red filter for night shoots
Domke F-2 Camera bag
A hip flask filled with good quality scotch. Essential in cold climates.

What is your dream adventure photography location?

Faroe Islands, Antartica, Norway, Atacama Desert… just to name a few!



Name Finn Beales
Location Hay-on-Wye, Wales
Featured In Issue Eight - December 2014
Gear & Equipment Cameras: Canon 5D MkIII, Hasselblad 500 C/M, Contax T3 35mm, Fuji Instax, iPhone 6 Lenses: Canon 50mm f1.2, 35mm f1.4, 70-200mm f2.8, Hasselblad 80mm f2.8
Websites Website, Instagram, Tumblr
Chosen By Robert-Paul Jansen

1 Comment

  1. Great phoos Finn, I’m glad you accepted my invitation for this months issue. I love your work and I’m glad you have choosen for the hotos of Ireland as that’s one of my favorite countries I have visited. Great tip about the flask!

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