The Island Landscape

RTÉ Television, in association with Mooney, is currently producing a major new documentary series on the history of the Irish landscape. The series will tell the story of how our landscape was created after the last major climatic event – the end of the last Ice Age, over ten thousand years ago.

And we need your help!

If you are a keen photographer or perhaps a member of a photographic club, then we want to invite you to help us capture pictures of the Irish landscape in all its glory over the next six months. We are looking for you to shoot high quality HD video, which most high quality stills camera can shoot now. Ideally the video will be shot at a technical spec of 1080, but 720 would also be acceptable.

We are looking for the following types of shots;

  • Landscapes of all types: timeless views of mountains, forests, rivers, seascapes – classic Irish vistas
  • Heritage buildings: Iron Age Forts, Famine Cottages and Ruins, Dry Stone Walls etc.
  • Farming activity: Modern farming/ wheat cutting/ ploughing/ harvesting of all kinds etc...
  • Close–ups: dramatic close-up shots of all kinds of flora in a naturalistic setting – eg. a close up of a wheat sheaf gently blowing in the wind with a field of wheat in the background out of focus etc...

Notes of style

Ideally, a series of 3 or 4 shots of the same subject works well, e.g. a wide shot of a lake, followed by two or three detail shots of perhaps a rock with water flowing over it, and another shot of some reed beds on the bank of the lake – in other words a series of shots which give a representation of the subject and from which we can build a sequence. We are shooting video but if you feel that time-lapse would work then great – especially effective for clouds. Use of depth of field is good and always use a tripod!

In the first instance, please e-mail low resolution shots (max length 20 secs) to theislandlandscape@rte.ie or send a DVD of selected shots to:

The Island Landscape
RTÉ Cork
Father Mathew Street
Cork City

The Island Landscape will air in April 2013

Derek Mooney with Dr Conor Meade (Head of the Molecular Ecology Laboratory in the Biology Department at NUI Maynooth) and Prof Peter Coxon (Professor of Earth Sciences at Trinity College, Dublin), at the Glacier Lagoon in Iceland
Derek Mooney with Dr Conor Meade (Head of the Molecular Ecology Laboratory in the Biology Department at NUI Maynooth) and Prof Peter Coxon (Professor of Earth Sciences at Trinity College, Dublin), at the Glacier Lagoon in Iceland

Mini Icebergs at Jökulsàrlón (glacier lagoon)
Mini Icebergs at Jökulsàrlón (glacier lagoon)


Derek Mooney with Dr Conor Meade and Prof Peter Coxon, at the Glacier Lagoon in Iceland

Filming 'The Island Landscape' in Iceland
Filming 'The Island Landscape' in Iceland

Filming 'The Island Landscape' in Iceland
Filming 'The Island Landscape' in Iceland

Filming 'The Island Landscape' in Iceland
Filming 'The Island Landscape' in Iceland

Derek interviewing Dr Colin Kelleher (botanist) National Botanic Gardens. Colin is telling Derek about the mystery of the Arbutus (Strawberry tree) in Ireland and why he has travelled to The Parque Natural de las Marismas de Santoñia to collect DNA samples of Spanish Arbutus
Derek interviewing Dr Colin Kelleher (botanist) National Botanic Gardens. Colin is telling Derek about the mystery of the Arbutus (Strawberry tree) in Ireland and why he has travelled to The Parque Natural de las Marismas de Santoñia to collect DNA samples of Spanish Arbutus

Dr Colin Kelleher, botanist
Dr Colin Kelleher, botanist

Derek interviews Manuel Bahillo (guide)
Derek interviews Manuel Bahillo (guide)

Filming 'The Island Landscape' on Benwiskin in Sligo
Filming 'The Island Landscape' on Benwiskin in Sligo

Filming 'The Island Landscape' on Benwiskin in Sligo
Filming 'The Island Landscape' in the mists of Benwiskin in Sligo