Kellswater Reformed Presbyterian Church, near Ballymena, Co.Antrim. Built in traditional ‘barn’ shape in 1806. The congregation dates to 1760 making it the first RP Congregation in Ireland, and still singing only the Scottish Metrical Psalms in worship.
Last week we visited Portballintrae, a village right on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, and close to the world-famous Giant’s Causeway, and the eve more famous Bushmills Distillery.
Portballintrae is very much a ‘dormitory’ village, now built up with modern apartments used a holiday home by people from elsewhere, which gives the visitor the impression that it is a soulless, sad place. There is a small harbour, and a boat-club with a small clubhouse, and a decent beach, topped by an archeological treasure, the Lissnahall Prehistoric Earthworks. A short drive leads to Bushmills, and I was intrigued by the bunting in the town square. Continue reading Portballintrae→
A visit to Dunluce Castle, between Portrush and Portballintrae on a cold, windy day in November, yet still plenty of foreign tourists around the ancient monument. The castle was built in the early 17th Century, by Randall McDonnell, and the now derelict mansion house sits out on a rock, reached only by a wooden bridge.
The approach to the castle is by way of a walled ‘funnel’ – to make it virtually unassailable. Visitors would have to be processed through the funnel, and any attack would be almost impossible.
Driving along the Ballycowan Road at #Ballymena today when I met these friendly ponies in a field beside the road. One of them was obliging enough to allow me to make a photograph.
I decided to go for an exaggerated bokeh effect, so I selected a 80-210 zoom for the Nikon D610 camera, choose 100 ISO and f/2.8, with a shutter speed of 1/1000th sec. (It was a bright day). The vignetting effect was added in Photoshop.
Everything you do is a photo opportunity. That’s how history is recorded, and street photography has never been easier, given the powerful cameras that are now built into our mobile phones and smart devices and the apps available to process them.
So, following my own advice – a shopping trip with Janette becomes a snapshot of life in 2016 in Lisburn.
Excitement! Just in time for the Christmas Gift Season, Bob has introduced a series of Black and White Giclee Prints, high quality, Black and White Images featuring iconic but lesser known Irish Scenes and Landscapes – available as Mounted Prints – ideal for shipping abroad – or as Framed Prints.
Limited Editions – there are only 120 of each of these prints available for sale, each one signed, numbered and dated by the photographer. Check out the order page here:
One of our popular local venues for weddings, Galgorm’s gardens are perfectly manicured and its buildings well cared for. In summer it is splendid – in Autumn it is appealingly pretty, as this photograph taken today shows:-
Yet, there is something strange lurking in the undergrowth…
I visited Carrickfergus on Saturday, 10th October, on a grey overcast, but warm morning, to wander around the castle with my Nikon F/100 camera and a roll of Ilford Delta ISO100 film.
The town was very quiet for a Saturday morning – I wonder is it like this all the time? There were very few people about. The seas were calm, and the harbour quiet. Here’s few monochrome images from the day (and a couple of colour intruders)…