That's fantastic, Richard. Thanks for this great article. I've seen way too much back-n-forth on this topic in the forums.
Larger format cameras are great for portraits and many other things. However, for my simple travel needs, the small cameras work out quite well. I mostly want to photograph a person in front of a scene. I am not looking to blur backgrounds in this case. So it's small, light, and easily provides a large dof. The larger format cameras have to stop down more and loose a small bit of their advantage in the process.
John Clare: "North East: Mayo, Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal"
As a native Irishman I can assure you that should say "North West" (and in the paragraph below). Excellent article - thanks for sharing. Surprised there is no photo of the Cliffs of Moher though.
There's the Slieve League pic I was looking for. Might not be the highest, but knew you couldn't miss it! I like the way you caught the cloud cover. It helps bring out the magnitude of the cliffs. Real nice. Thanks.
Thanks Carsten for sharing these inspirational pics that have me remembering my short trip there a few years ago. In regards to the cliffs though, what about a vote for the Bunglass cliffs, Slieve League? I was so impressed, I believe that was the highlight of my trip. Like you say, the Cliffs of Moher were very interesting and might have been the best, but way over commercialized with their parking lots, walls, and huge tourist shop. In contrast, I remember only having a few sheep to greet me at the Bunglass Cliffs, which I think I've read are the highest cliffs in Europe.