Stormont in Blue

On Tuesday 22nd June, 2021 our local seat of government, the classic Parliament Building of Stormont, Belfast, was illuminated in blue, to mark the centenary of the first sitting of the Northern Ireland Parliament in 1921. I was commissioned to photograph the building, for publicity purposes, by Traditional Unionist Voice, one of the local political parties, whose initiative had led to this special commemoration event.

Stormont in Blue 1 – F=44mm, f/8 @ 5 secs on ISO1600

Obviously, the photography had to be done after dark, and since it was June, the day after the Summer Solstice, that presented its own problems! The job was done at just before midnight!

Stormont in Blue 2 – F=30mm f/16 @ 4.5 secs on ISO1600

The Fujifilm X-T4 mirrorless camera was mounted on a tripod, and the shutter activated with a release cable. To keep the focus sharp, the camera was set on manual focus, with focus-peaking, and slow shutter speeds with small apertures. For the above images, the 16-55mm lens was selected, but for the image below, I used a longer range, the 55-200mm lens.

Stormont in Blue 3 – F=128mm f/20 @ 4 secs on ISO1600

One of the images was used in the local paper The News Letter, on Thursday morning.