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Seljalandsfoss by day and dusk with the Fuji XT-1

Having had a great afternoon exploring the Goldern Circle, we set off early the next morning to head towards Vik, the southern most village in Iceland.  The plan was to stop at Seljalandsfoss & Skogarfoss as we explored the Southern Coastline.

We arrived at Seljalandsfoss about 11am and the place had already started to buzz with tourists, many buses were stopping for people to have a 30 minute break.

We approached the waterfall and found there are steps to climb at each side. I climbed them, thankfully I had a set of crampons on my boots, these were a necessity. Only a  few people climbed and ventured to the edge of slab of ice at the top. With nothing but a piece of string guarding the edge, they were taking their life into their own hands.

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Due to the ice, wind & amount of spray it was hard to get a good photo as the tripod could not sit still on the ice.

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The steps at the other side were not as steep but went in deeper, this was taken from the other side

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After venturing on to Vik and exploring the black beaches before having dinner in a lovely cosy restaurant we started on the return journey to Reykjavik. On the way home we stopped for a few minutes at the waterfall to get some photos at dusk and without the hoards of tourists.

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And a couple in Black and White:

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These waterfalls were well worth visiting, the sound of the water is awesome.  Next post will be of Skogafoss.

Fuji X-T1 captures the Northern Lights in Iceland

On a recent trip to Reykjavik, Iceland we were fortunate to witness the Northern Lights in full display. I say fortunate as they are also one of the most elusive and unpredictable attractions Iceland has.

Before our trip we checked the Icelandic weather and forecast site to plan our itinerary. On the Saturday we knew there was supposed to be a clear sky and Aurora activity along the South Coast so decided to travel down to the waterfalls of Skogarfoss and Seljalandsfoss, visiting Vik the most southerly town. Our hope was then to catch the Northern Lights on our journey back to Reykjavik that evening.

We left Vik about 1845, visiting the waterfalls again in the hope of getting some pictures without the myriads of tourists and continually looking for green in the sky. As we approached Selfoss we started to see a few faint streaks in the sky and shortly after followed the car in front and pulled over to witness the amazing display.  Having seen people capture the Northern Lights in Northern Ireland which are really only visible via a camera, it was amazing to actually see these scenes with the naked eye.

We stopped at a couple locations on the route to Reykjavik here’s the awesome sights,

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14mm lens with ISO 1250, Shutter Speed: 15seconds, Aperture: f2.8

 

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My favourite shot from the night:

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14mm lens with ISO 1250, Shutter Speed: 14seconds, Aperture: f2.8

 

 

Gulfoss & Geysir with the Fuji X-T1

This was the first overseas trip on which I got to use the Fuji X-T1.

At Keflavik airport we picked up a rental car, as we had decided it would give us more freedom to explore Iceland. One of the sites we checked frequently before driving was Iceland Road conditions. Snow tyres were a must at this time of the year.

From the airport, we took Route 1 heading inland towards Gulfoss & Geysir through Pingvellir National Park.  Flat plateau’s quickly gave way to majestic snow covered mountains.

Here’s some photo’s from en route to Pingvellir.

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Having enjoyed a beautiful journey up to Gulfoss we stepped out of the car to howling winds. Wrapped up and with my balaclava replacing my hat that had blown off, we joined the steady stream of tourists on the board walk down to  the waterfall. The sound, size and views of Gulfoss were amazing.  Here’s a few photographs from different angles.

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A few abstract photos at Gulfoss:

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15minutes from Gulfoss, on the way back to Reykjavik, is Geysir. The snow around the geysers is melted from the boiling waters and everyone stands around expectantly waiting for  hot water and steam to jet from within the earth below. The blue of the erupting water was incredible.

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Northern Ireland Landscape Charity Calendar 2015

Another year, another calendar.

Time never stops and we keep moving forward.

Five years ago a calendar was produced to help kids in Burma, over recent years the money has been used to help kids in Colombia & Ethiopia.

Last year I had the opportunity to travel to Ethiopia to see the work of Hope and a Future, the photos can be seen on the blog. This year ALL the money raised is going to help build a Disability Center in Ethiopia which will be run by ‘Hope and a Future‘.

The images in this years calendar are shown below:

January

Ballintoy Parish Church Northern Ireland Landscape Calendar-

February

Whiterocks Northern Ireland Landscape Calendar

March

 Barr's Bay Northern Ireland Landscape Calendar

April

 Glendalough Northern Ireland Landscape Calendar

May

 Hook Lighthouse Northern Ireland Landscape Calendar

June

 Ballycastle Bridge Northern Ireland Landscape Calendar

July

 Runkerry Northern Ireland Landscape Calendar

August

 Ballintoy Northern Ireland Landscape Calendar

September

 Abandoned Boat Northern Ireland Landscape Calendar

October

 Trassey River Northern Ireland Landscape Calendar

November

 Belfast Lough Northern Ireland Landscape Calendar

December

 Giant's Causeway Northern Ireland Landscape Calendar

 

The Calendar comes in 2 formats:

Standalone Desktop

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Wall Calendar

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If you are interested in purchasing a Wall or Desktop copy, please let contact me.

Please feel free to share this with others who may be interested.

 

Marsden Rock, North England

Location:
Marden Rock,  Marsden, South Shields,  England
Early November 2013

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Equipment:
Fuji X-E1Fuji XF18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS | GorillaPod SLR-Zoom with Ball Head | B + W 110 ND Filter | B + W Circular Polarizer

Software:
Adobe Lightroom

Background Information:

Whilst in Newcastle over the October half term we explored part of the Northumberland Coastline up to Whitley Bay.  This coastline is as beautiful as the North Coast of Northern Ireland.  We spent a day exploring around Marsden Rock and Souter Lighthouse before heading towards Sunderland.  Marsden Rock is a rock formation that is owned by the National Trust. In 1996 tidal erosion caused the arch to collapse, forever changing the face of the rock. The rock is made of  Magnesian Limestone and stands 100-foot tall approximately 100 yards off the main cliff face. It is home to thousands of pairs of Black-legged Kittiwakes, Fulmars, Gulls and Cormorants.

My boys loved playing on the beach and rocks while the tide came in. Here are a few other photos from that day:

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If you have liked any of these images, please leave a comment saying which one you liked and why, alternatively SHARE them.

Bloody Bridge with the Fuji X-E1 and the 14mm

Location:
Bloody Bridge, Newcastle,  Northern Ireland
Early December 2013

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Equipment:
Fuji X-E1Fuji 14mm f2.8 | GorillaPod SLR-Zoom with Ball Head | B + W 102 ND Filter | B + W Circular Polarizer

Software:
Adobe Lightroom

Background information:

A few weeks ago I returned to a favourite location of mine called Bloody Bridge, it’s situated at the foot of the Mourne mountains where Bloody river meets the Irish Sea.  The bridge dervies its name from a massacre in 1641, tradition holds that a number of Protestant prisoners were being brought under escort to Newcastle in exchange for Irish prisoners. However a massacre occurred and the bodies of slain Protestantsn were thrown over the bridge into the river, turning it red and so the river became known as the Bloody Bridge River.

Bloody Bridge car park is approximately 3 miles south of Newcastle and is right beside the river, you can either head down to the sea or head up the track towards Slieve Donard. On this occasion I headed towards the sea. This was the first time I’d travelled down there with the Fuji X-E1 and the 14mm lens. It’s nice being able to travel with so little gear.

When you set off in the dark and rely on the weather forecasts to be correct you take a big chance, especially in Northern Ireland. Thankfully there was about 30 minutes of nice light just after sunrise so I wasn’t disappointed, here are a few other photos from that morning:

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If you have liked any of these images, please leave a comment saying which one you liked and why, alternatively SHARE them.

Chasing the Aurora at the Giant’s Causeway with the Fuji X-E1

Location:
Giant’s Causeway, County Antrim, Northern Ireland

Favourite photo from the evening visit to the Giant’s Causeway last Thursday.
(The image is better seen in a larger format so please click on the image)

 

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Equipment:
X-E1 | Fuji XF14mm F2.8R | GorillaPod SLR-Zoom with Ball Head

Technical Data:
This photograph was taken at ISO 1600, an aperture of f2.8 and a shutter speed of 26s.
Software:

Adobe Lightroom

Background Information:

A night of chasing the Aurora.

Last week promised so much. But delivered so little.

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Newcastle – Gateshead Millenium Bridge with Fuji X-E1 & XF 18-55mm

Location:
Gateshead, England
Late October 2013

(Click on the image to see a larger version)

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Equipment:
X-E1 | Fuji XF18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS | GorillaPod SLR-Zoom with Ball Head | B + W 110 ND Filter| B + W Circular Polarizer

Software:
Adobe Lightroom

Background Information:

Over the October half term break we visited my sister in Newcastle. One evening after a beautiful dinner at Osaka we headed down to the Quayside. The Gateshead Millennium Bridge spans the River Tyne between Gateshead’s Quays arts quarter on the south bank, and the Quayside of Newcastle on the north bank.  With the blue light long gone and the stars hidden behind clouds the best only option was to create a Black & White image of the bridge.

 

20 Photos using the Fuji X-E1 and the 35mm f/1.4 lens in Ethiopia

Before heading to Ethiopia in October I knew there would be a limit to the amount of camera gear I could bring in my rucksack. Having acquired the beautiful Fuji X-E1 earlier in the year to improve my documentary skills I asked around for lenses that would be good to use with it whilst travelling.  A friend recommended the 35mm f1.4 and essentially gave it to me, I must say it’s a brilliant little lens.

As I’ve said on other posts, I love the X-E1 because of the fact it draws little attention to the photographer due to it’s small size.

These are my favourite photos from the trip using that superb lens:

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The innocence of an Ethiopian child.

In Ethiopia I primarily used a Fuji X-E1. The advantage off this camera is that it’s not a big DSLR and lens. It’s a similar size to any other tourists camera so it gave me the ability to shoot people and things unnoticed (or at least not drawing extra attention). In this photograph we were visiting with a disabled girl, when I noticed her little brother standing in the corner looking at us.  I set the camera on my lap and aimed it in his direction. I used the electonic view finder on the X-E1 to ensure I was capturing him and resumed the conversation with the people in the home.  Every few seconds I would press the shutter in the hope I would capture his watchful innocence, thankful that the X-E1 is mirrorless and does not make a clunk every time a photograph is captured.

This is my favourite photo from that little series (click on the image to see a larger version):

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Equipment:
X-E1 | Fuji XF35mm F1.4 R

This photograph was taken at ISO 1600, an aperture of f1.6 and a shutter speed of 1/60s.

The photographs taken on the trip were to help the Charity – Hope and a Future.

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