This is Ballymartin Road, Templepatrick,Co.Antrim, around 6pm this evening. I was travelling along the road, on my way to speak at Templepatrick Reformed Church, and as I turned right, I habitually, looked in my mirror (remember, – Mirror, Signal, Manoeuvre). It was then I noticed that the deep red sunset was reflecting on the rain soaked road. I can’t resist a shot like this, and I had the Fujifilm X-T3 in the boot.
I pulled over to the side and got out of the car to frame the shot, when suddenly a kind gentleman from the house at the side of the road appeared in the vewfinder, – out to find out if I was in some trouble! After all, it’s not often a car suddenly stops and a man stands out in the pouring rain!
Fujifilm X-T3, F=22mm, f/4 @ 1/250th sec on ISO800
A visit to the Mausoleum at Templepatrick (Co.Antrim) requires some diligence and persistence – just to find it! It is signposted from the road opposite the Templeton Hotel, and the passage to the site lies within the historic Castle Upton Estate. Nowadays the monument is owned by the National Trust. A visit is rewarding though, for the site is historic, including not only the Templetown Family mausoleum, but also the grave of the first Presbyterian Minister of Templepatrick, Rev John Welsh, the grandson of John Knox.
The approach to the graveyard is by way of a tree lined pathway, which lends itself to the ‘spooky fog’ treatment in photoshop! (Don’t worry, you can see the ‘untreated’ image in the next montage. Images were made with the Fujifilm X-T30 and a standard zoom, 18-55mm lens.
The Mausoleum was built by the Scottish architect Robert Adam for the Upton family in 1789. It contains memorials to some of the family members. On the day I visited the monument was open and access to the inside was certainly interesting.
The best shot of the Mausoleum is from the far side of the graveyard. Although the ground is uneven and the graves squashed close together, the graveyard can be crossed with care for a rewarding photograph.
Fujifilm X-T30, 18th August 2019, 6pm, overcast/patchy clouds – daylight. Average reading was f/5.6 @ 1/250th sec on ISO200,
I’ve often driven along the M2 between Antrim and Templepatrick, and wondered about the little church, nestling up in the trees above the moterway. Today my curiosity got the better of me, and on the way home from a wedding I drove up to the church to get a closer look. It’s St John’s Church of Ireland, and it sits amidst a churchyard with some very ancient graves and tombs. Continue reading St John’s Church, Donegore→