Shades of Ireland

Black & White Landscapes from Ireland

About Me

"I am an Artist not a Photographer - I don't take photographs, I make images"

About Me

I live on the island of Ireland with thousands of kilometers of coast line, and hundreds of lakes rivers and mountains. Mother nature has shaped the landscape into what we see today. Through the medium of black & white photography I have captured this wonderful shape, form and texture. We see in colour but through the art of visualization I see the final image with the deep rich blacks of the shadows down to the whites of the clouds. I do not add or takeaway from the image I capture but use what is there in front of me. I may have to wait for hours or even days until I am happy with the final photograph.

My work has just begun.
Neil McShane

“To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.”

Elliott Erwitt


Words, thoughts and Stories behind the images from Neil McShane ( aka Mononeil )

What You See compared to What I See

The difference between what you see and what I see in the final image in Black & White.

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Vintage Glass

Putting 30 year old Lens onto the latest digital cameras and it works...

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Free 2019 Calendar

Get your hands on a FREE 2019 Calendar from

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Complete Opposites

I'll start by telling you wan the following two images have in common before I got through the story of "The Complete Opposites"........

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Not being a full time Landscape Photographers means you have to make do with the weather on the day you decide to venture out with the camera.....

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The Waiting Game

I’m not one for long exposure images as you might have gathered from the images on my website. But...

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Mulranny Sunset

Looking south towards Croagh Patrick across Clew Bay from the beach in Mulranny as the sun was setting in the west.

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Bective Abbey

Bective Abbey, the substantial remains of Ireland’s second Cistercian monastery, founded in 1147 and only 10 mins drive from my front door.

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Glenbeg Lough

This is one of my favourite images from the four days down on The Beara Peninsula and it came out of disappointment. Let me explain ..........

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Blurred Forest

Not your pin sharp wonderful B&W landscape that you come to expect from me, but something different.

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River Boyne

What do you do when your wife rings to say that herself and the children are staying with her mother for the night?

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