Category Archives: Co. Down

The Lockdown Logs #60

The Lockdown Logs

Dateline: May 31st 2020

So, anyway, after I’d had a word or two with Angus, the black bull, he invited me to come up the field to meet his missus. (One of them).  Perhaps he thought we humans need some herd immunity…  I declined, and said I would catch her with the telephoto lens instead.  I think he was disappointed, for he let out a mighty bellow.

Fujifilm X-T30 F=200mm, f/4.8 @ 1/125th sec on ISO800


I get really bored in Lockdown.



The Lockdown Logs #59

The Lockdown Logs

Dateline: May 31st 2020

Tonight’s socially isolated single permitted exercise walk took me up the Tullygarvan Road, where I was privileged to meet young Angus here.  He was having a cool refreshing drink of water when I arrived at his home, but he happily took a few minutes out of his busy schedule to pose for the camera – with a long lens!

Fujifilm X-T30, F=70mm,  f/4 @ 1/125th sec on ISO800.Angus-Up



The Lockdown Logs

Dateline: May 30th 2020

Comber Spuds

Janette brought these freshly-dug new Comber potatoes home today.  This morning they were in the ground.  Tomorrow, they will be boiled, (Over here, we don’t peel these potatoes, we just scrub them and boil them in their skins – when ready the skins will almost fall off them) salted and served with lashing of butter.  The Comber potato is a waxy, flavoursome food, and a protected brand.

I photographed them in the Studio-Pod, under two Elinchrom D-Lites, with the Fujifilm X-T2, and Nikkor 50mm MF lens, against a green chromakey background.  F=50mm, f/5.6 @ 1/125th sec on ISO400.


The Lockdown Logs #47

The Lockdown Logs

Dateline: May 18th 2020

Tulips at Crossnacreevy.

These white Tulips are growing in a flower bed beside the post box at Crossnacreevy, so when I stopped to post some letters, I grabbed the camera and made a series of exposures of the flowers.  I wanted to use a wide aperture to remove the distracting background, and it was good that I did, for the tulips were moving slightly in the wind, and I needed quite a fast shutter speed.  The big tulip is in focus, but with so little actual texture in the flower itself, it was difficult to assess the focus in-camera, but in LightroomI was able to see the tiny specks of dust on the petals.

Fujifilm X-T30, F=200mm, f/4.8, 1/1000th sec on ISO1250



The Lockdown Logs #37

The Lockdown Logs

Dateline: May 8th 2020

Sketrick Island, on the shores of Stanford Lough was the nearby destination for my single permitted exercise period today. I’ll post some more of the images in a separate post, but meanwhile here’s my Sketrick ‘shot of the day.’

Fujifilm X-T30, F=55mm, f/4 @ 1/180th sec on ISO100

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Glasker Mill

Glasker Old Mill is on the road between Loughbrickland and Rathfriland in Co. Down.  The likelihood is that the mill was once part of the extensive Irish Linen industry which thrived in that area in the 19th and early 20th Century.


I photographed it with my ‘baby’ – the Fujifilm X-T30 camera, fitted with the 18-55mm kit lens.


Just a little further down the road is a beautiful old phone box, set against an unattractive brick wall.


Thankfully, this is not a problem…

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Stormy Newcastle, Co.Down

What a wind!

Newcastle Co.Down is a favourite of mine, with it’s beautiful setting; the scenery that inspired Percy French to write his famous song, “Where the Mountains of Mourne Sweep Down to the Sea.”  He might not have found it just so inspiring today, for the wind was blowing a gale, and the seas were rough – the mountains overcast and dark.

In this image I was trying to show the darkness of the mountains against the stormy sea.  Shot in Acros Black and White, F=18mm, f/16 @ 1/40th sec ISO400

I had the Fujifilm X-T30, with a standard zoom, the 18-55mm f/2.8-4.  I love using this camera, for it’s small, but with a powerful processing engine.  For this walk I kept the camera on ISO400, with the film simulation mode set to Acros Black and White and shooting simultaneous Jpegs and RAW.

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Burning Waste for Heat

Following all the political controversy about the ‘Renewable Heat Incentive’ and the sudden proliferation of wood burners in deserted outhouses and barns, one bold company in the manufacturing industry has decided to recycle all its own waste wood shavings, by installing a furnace to provide the heat for their factory.  In the interests of investigative photo-journalism, I took a look into it, and here’s what I found…


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