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More iPhone Photo-Journalism

Photo-journalism may be nothing more than capturing an instant in time, and preserving it, and in these days of instant digital communications, that may simply involve lifting an iPhone or similar device.  As I passed the end of the Carrickmannon Cross-Roads on Friday morning, I noticed that one of our church members had been out with a sledge hammer – doing a bit of impromptu advertising (probably illegal too! – but then the government here in NI can’t even afford to cut the grass at the roadsides, so its unlikely anyone will care about an extra sign for a week or so)

An image was called for – so out came the iPhone, and I have an instant record, to be used later in a presentation on church work in the area.

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And, don’t you think our beautiful, undulating Co. Down countryside is totally beautiful?

Folicularly-enhanced Orangemen!

I couldn’t resist this shot.

Walking away from a parade I noticed this gentleman walking in front of me.  The look (even from behind) is so incongruous, that it was begging for a photograph.  The media and popular perception of members of the Orange Order is as stuffy, staid, conservative, old men.  This man just blows those impressions right out of the water!

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Here’s the techie stuff:

Nikon D700, 1/250th sec @ f/2.8 on ISO400.  Lens at 70mm

 

Brownlow House, Lurgan

Brownlow House

Browlow House in Lurgan, CoArmagh is the headquarters of the Royal Black Institution. Also known as Lurgan Castle, it was built as the home of the Brownlow family – once owners of the celebrated greyhound Master McGrath.

Today it is a popular venue for weddings and it was in that context I visited it today. Rain prevented a photograph of the building itself, but here’s a few other images from the visit.


  

Saintfield – Orange Culture

Friday 10th July was the ‘Mini-Twelfth’ in Saintfield, – a friendly local festival with marching bands and colourful banners.  Here’s just a few abstract images from the evening.