Bád Eddie or Eddie’s boat are the names given to the old wreck at Magherclogher beach, Bunbeg Donegal. Cara Na Mara (‘Friend of the Sea’) is the official title of the abandoned fishing vessel ran into trouble during stormy seas in the early 1970s. The boat featured in the 1985 Clanad and Bono video.

Bunbeg is officially the smallest townland in Gaoth Dobhair (Gweedore) and was the end of a long journey through the Donegal mountains past the old Dunlewey church.

Eddie’s boat was the reason for the one hour journey from where we were staying and it was certainly worth the effort. The aim was to capture a series of long exposure images as the tide approached Bád Eddie on the Donegal coast line.

Bad Eddie and the X100s

I am still very much smitten and newly fangled with the final release of the Fujifilm X100s so I fired a number of stills of the location as we arrived. All of the following images are on flickr so click on an image to view larger.

Bunbeg Beach with the X100s

It is worth checking this image out for the detail in the wood even in the 1200px wide version on flickr. This image was processed with my free Lightroom presets Mono.

Bunbeg Beach

The colour versions remain my favourite of the day. The X100s is a camera that is going to go everywhere for its remarkable sharpness, usability and stunning colour rendition.

Bunbeg

The X100s Panoramas

The next image was captured on the X100s using the brilliant sweep panorama mode. You can view a 1200px wide version of this image by clicking on the image.

Panorama

I am still in awe of just how accurate and sharp the Fujifilm X100s images are. I have a few more of Donegal on flickr but the aim of the visit was to capture long exposure images so it was time to employ the X-Pro1 and 14mm Fujinon lens. Both cameras and a bundle of lenses and accessories were housed in my terrific little Billingham bag.

The X-Pro1 Long Exposure Photographs

I’ve become addicted to long exposure photography and it is great to find a new location to apply the technique. This was a special day to find both the old Dunlewey church and now Bad Eddie.

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Bad Eddie

It was odd just how long the tide took to arrive at the boat so I was focused on bringing out the drama of the sky. When the water did reach the vessel it arrived in a deluge so I was aware of the sand softening during the 60 second exposure times.

Donegal long exposure

I will add these images to flickr but I think my favourite has to be the following image when the water finally engulfed the boat offering a perfectly smooth lower image.

Bunbeg beach

I had always planned that this series would be completely mono using my X-Pro1 mono Lightroom preset but actually the colour images captured but the X100s still captured the sense of drama. I couldn’t decide if I preferred the distant or close shot so I’ve posted them both and you can come up with your own conclusion.

Bad Eddie, Donegal, Long Exposure

It was a remarkable day of photography and a breathtaking location. Click here to see more photographs of donegal or here to read more about long exposure photography.

About The Author

David is a documentary and landscape photographer covering everything from dramatic long exposure landscape photography through to live music. David is also an official Fujifilm X Photographer.

  • Philippe Laurin

    Outstanding photographs.

  • http://stephenip.com/ Stephen

    Beautiful photographs of a fascinating subject. The B&W versions are great, but I am also partial to the color version as well. Thanks for sharing these and the info about the new X100S.

  • David Castello

    Beautiful images and work,thank you for sharing.