South Down – Mountains and Sea, Castles and Forests.
Nestling in the shadow of Slieve Donard, the highest peak in the Mountains of Mourne, is one of the most beautiful areas of Northern Ireland. Driving towards Newcastle, whether through Ballynahinch or Downpatrick, one will pass through Clough, where on the left hand side of the road is Clough Castle, an ancient Motte, probably dating back to Norman times.
The Irish poet and songwriter, Percy French immortalised Newcastle, Co.Down in his famous song…
Oh, Mary, this London’s a wonderful sight
With people here working by day and by night
They don’t sow potatoes, nor barley nor wheat
But there’ gangs of them digging for gold in the streets
At least when I asked them that’s what I was told
So I just took a hand at this diggin’ for gold
But for all that I found there I might as well be
Where the Mountains of Mourne sweep down to the sea.
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.’
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.
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:-
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→