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Bob and Bert’s North Coast 5K and 10K

I was pleased to be invited to do the start and finish line photos for the Bob and Bert’s North Coast 5K and 10K charity run this year again, The finished images, all 671 of them are in an on-line gallery, for free download for the participants, and can be accessed at this LINK. You’ll need a PASSWORD to access the gallery and that password will be available from the event organisers.

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Poyntzpass NIR Halt

Poyntzpass is a small village sitting on the border between Co.Armagh and Co.Down, Northern Ireland. More importantly, it straddles two lines of transport, the old Newry Canal, now defunct, and the main Northern Ireland Railways line between Belfast and Dublin. A level crossing unites the two parts of the village, and there is a small unmanned station.

But it was the historic signal box, now out of use of course, which attracted my attention as I drove through the village. I couldn’t resist stopping for a couple of quick shots – time was pressing, so it was literally, just a few minutes…

Fujifilm X-T4, F=26mm, f/10 @ 1/125th sec on ISO200
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New Year’s Eve at the North Coast

New Year’s Eve

31st December 2021 was the warmest New Year’s Even since records began, with some parts of Northern Ireland reaching 14 degrees Celsius. That’s warm for this part of the world! People were getting out and about, and no more so that at Portstewart, on the North Coast.

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Car of the Week – w/c 7th November 2021

Here’s my

Car of the Week – w/c 7th November 2021

It’s a beautiful white BMW M4cs, photographed against a white background, with the equally beautiful Fujifilm X-T3.

F=56mm, f/5.6 @ 1/3th sec on ISO1600

BMW says:

“The new BMW M4 CS is a special model of the BMW M GmbH in a tradition of unique high-performance automobiles. Sporty dynamics of the highest level, outstanding performance and surprising everyday comfort. The high-performance engine in combination with the aerodynamic lightweight carbon-fibre body propels this extreme sportsman to a Nordschleife lap time of a remarkable 7:38 minutes. Time for a new legend: the BMW M4 CS.

BMW M4 CS:
Fuel consumption in l/100 km (combined): 8.4
CO2 emissions in g/km (combined): 197
Consumption data is determined in accordance to the ECE driving cycle.”

https://www.bmw-m.com/en/topics/magazine-article-pool/the-bmw-m4-cs.html

Camera Position & News Manipulation

CAMERA POSITION AND NEWS MANIPULATION

This week in Northern Ireland saw yet another political agenda being promoted and furthered by the skilful use of photography. To say that ‘the camera never lies‘ is no longer true in the age of digital manipulation, but was it ever? The simple shifting of the photographer’s position can change the perspective of the viewer, flatten distance, and be used to make a political point.

In Northern Ireland, the building of a bonfire, and the lighting of the fire on the 11th July is a tradition, long held among certain sections of the Unionist or Loyalist community. It is an expression of loyalist culture. When I was a boy, back the 60s and 70s, little bonfires were made in each street, no more than little piles of planks and scrap. But the local authorities tried to regulate the tradition. The street bonfires left a mess that needed to be cleaned up, and sometimes caused damage to properties. Often the materials that were burned were far from helpful in controlling pollution; tyres were often burned, pouring out toxic smoke into the air. To solve these problems, some councils began to offer grants to buy pallets, which would burn more cleanly, on condition that the street bonfires were replaced with centralised pyres, and pollutants excluded. This led to pyres like this one in Newtownards:

Fujifilm X-T4, F=25mm, f/14 @ 1/125th Sec on ISO250

It was this massive bonfire that became the subject of a media scam, fuelled by deceptive photography. Apparently this bonfire in Newtownards was built RIGHT BESIDE THE LOCAL FIRE STATION! An image was produced to prove the point, The media picked up on the story immediately, – radio programmes, a Twitter storm, newspaper articles, with the collective might of the left lining up to demand that the bonfire be dismantled and removed.

On 9th July 2021 I reproduced the photograph which caused the ‘offence’ – an image showing the ‘alleged’ juxtaposition of the pyre and the fire station.

Fujifilm X-T4, F=33mm, f/13 @ 1/125th sec, on ISO250

It looks authentic. There’s no Photoshop manipulation, the image is ‘as shot.’ But what has happened is that camera position is flattening the distance between the bonfire and the Fire Station. It is deliberately deceptive, and it set the local news agenda for a whole morning, before some locals pointed out that the distance between the fire and the station is considerable, with a stretch of waste ground and a four lane road between! Still, the Left got a whole morning of free publicity and a chance to pour more odium on the working class loyalist community of the town.

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Ornate Gate!

The Ornate Gate

This old brick gateway at Ballyhome, Coleraine has attracted me for years – I pass it quite often on the way to our family holiday home at Portrush, and I’ve always wanted to point a lens at it – but up until last week I never had opportunity, for one reason or another…

…Until ask week, when Janette and me were driving back from Bushmills, and I determined to stop and make a few images – in between the passing cars on the road down into Coleraine!

I don’t know who owns it or where the path leads, but it’s a striking entrance for whatever property!

Photographed on the Fujifilm X-T4, F=50mm, f/5.6 @ 1/125th sec on ISO800.