On a warm sunny winter day in December, Janette and I visited Dundrum Castle, and took a wee walk around the town. I took with me my ‘twins’ – the two Nikon D610 dSLRs one with a 24-120mm f/4 lens, and the other with a 80-210 f/2.8 lens. Before I started I metered the ambient light at f/14 @ 1/100 th sec on ISO100. Because the day was so bright and sunny, the 24-120 lens was fitted with a circular polarising filter which reduced light by around 2 stops
On Saturday 1st October, I went for a walk up to Scrabo Tower, on the outskirts of Newtownards. This landmark has towered over much of my life, living and working around the Ards area. The tower was built in 1857, 540 ft above sea-level, as a memorial to the 3rd Marquess of Londonderry, Viscount castlereagh, Charles Stewart. The tower is situated in a country park, close to Scrabo Golf Club, and is approached by car only as far as the golf club entrance, then by foot up a steep path to the summit. Thankfully, there are resting places on the ascent!
Being October, the road up to tower ran beside fields that had just been baled, – which provided my image of the day, and set the scene for my exploration of the towers surroundings.
Sometimes it’s a good practice to look back at image one has made over the years, – with a critical eye! Here’s a few I’ve been mulling over recently:-
This image of the Playhouse Theatre, Derry/Londonderry was part of a commercial commission. The brief was to show the effect of the lights on the wall opposite the Theatre.
This simple image of Slieve Bunion, in Co Down, part of the ‘Mountains of Mourne’ range has been one of my very best sellers! I’ve sold this image in framed prints, magnets, even mugs!
This image of Ballycopeland Windmill in Co. Down is a real quirk, as anyone who knows it would realise! It is of course, heavily photoshopped, to show the sun rising in the North! Just for a wee change.
And finally, for this selection, an image that’s just a little more personal…
This image of Janette’s parent’s old kitchen, after they’d moved out of the farmhouse, was part of an exhibition at the Curve Gallery, Belfast. I called it ‘Dereliction.’
Nunsquarter, Kircubbin and St Mary’s RC Church. I’ve often driven along the Portaferry Road and fancied stopping to take some photographs of this imposing building and to date never had the time! I’d photographed a wedding at the other church in the parish, St Joseph’s – and I was a bit disappointed that the bride didn’t opt for St Mary’s.
Nevertheless, driving back towards Newtownards a few days ago I made a point of pausing for a few minutes, just long enough to get some shots of the exterior. (The building was closed.)
I used the Nikon F100 camera with a prime 50mm lens, Ilford Delta 100ISO film, and shot with a shutter speed of 1/125th sec. It was a dull day so the aperture was around f/8 for most of the shots. I also did one shot of the house beside the chapel – presumably a former shop.
Today I made a momentous decision. – to take the car to the car-wash! It appears that it is a deep red colour. Waiting for the attention of the washers, I noticed this lovely sky, and couldn’t resist a shot. Here it is, captured with the Hueless App on the iPhone:
Today I had to take a drive down the Ards Penninsula. The wind was blowing a gale and the waves were spelling over the sea walls. I managed a couple of shots with the Hueless App to record the situation.
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:
A visit to Newcastle on a wild, wet, windy Tuesday, and an opportunity to capture some images with the iPhone. I was fascinated with the tumult of the sea at the mouth of the Shimna River, so I opened the ‘Hueless App’ and quick iPhone snap or two later…
Go on, use your iPhone camera, and record life as it happens.
A visit to the cafe at Dundonald Old Mill is an opportunity to make an image of the historic mill waterwheel at the building. I photographed it from several angles, using the Nikon F100, and a role of Ilford Delta ISO100. Here’s one of the resulting images…
Thursday 15th October in the afternoon, and I had to make a house call near the town of Killyleagh, Co. Down. With a few minutes to wait I decided to go and take a look at Killyleagh Castle. Here’s a couple of images. I’ll have one or two more later.