Tag Archives: Co.Down

Kilwarlin and the Battle of Thermopylae

Kilwarlin Moravian Church and Thermopylae in Co. Down!

Kilwarlin Moravian Church was founded by John Cennick (He of Gracehill, Ballymena fame) in 1755. 

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Kilwarlin is described on some internet sites as a ‘small village near Hillsborough, Co.Down’. The truth is that it is scarcely that, rather a ribbon development of homes along a very narrow country road, not wide enough for two vehicles to pass, and accessible only with great care.

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Moneyreagh Water Tower

The old water Tower on Galloway Hill, close to Moneyreagh, Co. Down is listed on the community website, https://moneyreaghdistrictcommunityassociation.btck.co.uk/ as being one of the significant landmarks of the village!  It is certainly visible for quite a distance around, but as a landmark it probably lacks a little in the beauty department.  Still, I suppose its mostly only seen in the distance, as this photograph, taken from Tullyhubbert Road shows, and from a distance it doesnt look too bad.

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Fujifilm X-D2 200mm lens, f/9 @ 1/250th sec on ISO200.
 

So, in the interests of bringing its lovely ‘landmarkedness’ to the wider public, I drove up Tower Lane to reach said monument to the human desire for thirst quenching wateriness, and record it from closer distances. Continue reading Moneyreagh Water Tower

Banbridge Outlet

A wee day off on Easter Tuesday and Janette and I took a wee trip down to Banbridge and a walk along the ‘Boulevard’ – the new name for the outlet centre.  After all  it was a wet day, with thunder storms and hailstones, and the Boulevard is covered, at least in part, and that meant there were quite a few people about to add human interest.  Needless to say I brought the Fujifil X-T2 camera, and made a couple of exposures as we walked around.

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Photo-Essay: Dundrum, Co. Down

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

Here’s some of the images.

We started at the ‘Belfast Road’ side of the town, parked in the small car park and wandered along the street.   Continue reading Photo-Essay: Dundrum, Co. Down

Newcastle, Co.Down, Saturday 1st August 2015

On Saturday I went to Newcastle for the afternoon to deliver greeting cards to a retail customer, and discovered once again the importance of always carrying a camera!  Apart from the stunning beauty of the Mountains of Mourne, which ‘sweep down to the sea’ at Newcastle – there was a special, and very noisy even taking place as hundred of trucks, lorries and juggernauts roared through the streets as part of the Mourne Truck Run.  I captured images of some of the trucks in Monochrome, on the Nikon F100, and some in colour on the Leica Digital Compact.  The street scenes and landscapes were all on Black and White Film.  The image of the day was this one:-

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Captured at 4pm Saturday 1 Aug. Nikon F100 film camera using Ilford HP5 ISO400. ‘Sunny 16 rule’ applies! So camera shutter on 1/400th sec and lens aperture f/16. Developed in Fotospeed for 8mins, 10 mins in fixer 10 mins in wash. Scanned on Epson V500 Photoscanner. In Photoshop, contrast balanced in Levels and slight vignette applied. Continue reading Newcastle, Co.Down, Saturday 1st August 2015