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I love snow.

We had so much snow last year that there were plenty of opportunities to get photographs, the only problem was accessibility, these Winter Trees were taken just on the outskirts of Ballyclare.

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Winter Trees, Northern Ireland

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Ethiopian Old Man in Shashamene

In 2011 I had the opportunity of taking photographs for the charity Stand By Me in Guacamayal Colombi. This year a similar opportunity arose with a locally based Charity ‘Hope And A Future‘ visiting Shashamene in Ethiopia,  to raise awareness of living conditions and issues facing children.

I have spent some of my life in Africa, in Ivory Coast and Uganda, but never travelled in Ethiopia. It is astonishingly green and mountainous in places but found many similarities to other parts of Africa not least the poverty, the dirt, and the smiling kids. I spent most of my time documenting the charity’s work in three schools and the lives of children living the slum along the river bank in Shashamene. I did manage one photo of an old man. Much like Colombia their faces are lined with experience and character.

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St Mary’s Lighthouse – the power of a Neutral Density (ND) filter

Often when you visit a tourist attraction it’s hard to get a good photo as there are people milling around everywhere. However there are a few techniques that can be triedto overcome this.

Some would suggest taking a number of shots every few seconds (using a tripod)  then combining the photographs in post production to remove the people.

On a recent family trip to England I decided to experiment with a Neutral Density filter, the thinking behind this idea was the the longer the shutter was open then the people would be moving and should vanish from the image.

When we arrived at St Mary’s Lighthouse there were few tourists as the tide was in, as shown in the photograph below.

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However, within an hour the tide was out and the tourists started arriving, in this case I simply tried longer exposures with a couple Neutral Density filters. I had a B&W 110, B&W 102 and a Polarizer so tried various combination of these ND filters.

I took the following photographs, the first one being the shortest at 13 seconds.

St-Mary-Lighthouse-Norhtern Ireland Landscape PhotographerIn the above shot the people are quite obvious on the walkway.

The following photograph was exposed for 85 seconds:

St-Mary-Lighthouse-Norhtern Ireland Landscape PhotographerThe people are less obvious, but are still visible on the walkway.

The final shot was exposed for 320 seconds, I can find little evidence of people on the walkway in this image:

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If you are wanting to take photos and don’t want the hassle of combining files, try and ND filter and expose for long enough that there won’t be any visible movement in the scene.

Here are other photography tips

Equipment:
X-E1 | Fuji XF18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS | GorillaPod SLR-Zoom with Ball Head | B + W 102 ND Filter| B + W 110 ND Filter| B + W Circular Polarizer

Software:
Adobe Lightroom  

 

Glenoe – revisited with the X-E1

Six months ago I bought a Fuji X-E1 which has been a lot of fun to use. There’s no need to carry a rucksack when I go to shoot landscapes, I simply take the X-E1 and the recently acquired Fuji 14mm f2.8 lens.

Over the last week I’ve been out a number of times to visit one of my favourite locations which is 15 minutes away from home.

These are a few photographs of the lovely autumnal colours at Glenoe:

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There is much more to explore around Glenoe Waterfall than the main waterfall, there are other paths which lead you to other smaller falls:

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Some of my favourite shots of Glenoe Waterfall are here, these were all shot with a Nikon D300

Leaving Belfast

Location:
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Late October 2013

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Equipment:
X-E1 | Fuji XF18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS

Software:
Adobe Lightroom

Technical Data:
44mm | 1/1600s @ f9 | ISO 200

Background Information:
Over the October half term we headed away on the ferry, leaving Belfast about 1600. As we passed Holywood we were still enjoying the fresh air on the deck when we looked back at Belfast and saw the glorious sun beams coming down thru the clouds over the city.  I’ve never seen Belfast from this angle before, it looked like we were leaving another world.

Discovering Ethiopia

A few weeks ago I had the privilege of travelling to Ethiopia to do some documentary photography work for a local Charity based in Randalstown.

My knowledge of Ethiopia had been informed and influenced by the media and I expected there to be mainly deserts. However the route from Addis Ababa to Shashamene revealed a green and mountainous landscape.

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Time-lapse at Rihanna Tree, Northern Ireland

Location:
The Infamous Rihanna Tree, County Down, Northern Ireland
Early August 2013

Equipment:
X-E1Fuji XF18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS | B + W 102 M ND Filter| Manfrotto 190XPROB tripod | Manfrotto 804RC2 tripod head | Manfrotto 804RC2 tripod head

Software:
Adobe Lightroom | Apple QuickTime Pro

Background Information:

Over recent months I have been intrigued by the new phenomena in Photography, it’s called Time-lapse, where a photographer captures many images before combining them together to create a film.

This was my first attempt at a Time-lapse, at one of my favourite trees in Northern Ireland. The photographs were edited in Lightroom and subsequently process in QuickTime to create the Timelapse.

Over the next number of months I hope to get a variety of timelapses from other locations, having worked more on learning how to capture them in various lighting conditions.

If you are interested in learning more about the technique, check out the following e-book by Dave Delnea

Download Photo of Downhill Beach, Northern Ireland for PC/tablet

This is an abstract image taken one summers afternoon on a visit to Downhill beach with the kids.

Downhill Beach is situated beneath Mussenden Temple (one of the most photographed buildings in Northern Ireland). Definitely worth a visit if you are up the North Antrim Coast.

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Abstract Landscape Photograph Downhill Beach, Northern Ireland

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The Swimming Pool, Portstewart, Northern Ireland

Location:
Portstewart, County Derry, Northern Ireland
Mid July 2013

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Equipment:
Nikon d300 | Nikon 85mm f/1.4 D lens | B + W 102 M ND Filter| Manfrotto 190XPROB tripod | Manfrotto 804RC2 tripod head

Background Information:

In early July 2013, whilst on a family holiday on the North Antrim coast of Ireland I spent a number of nights waiting for the right tidal conditions and lighting to capture this shot of the swimming pool beside the Convent in Portstewart.  On the final night, the tide was going out as twilight closed in and gave me the opportunity to capture the steps in the lovely Blue light.

Photography Tip #4 – ISO

We’ve come to the final corner in the Exposure Triangle, ISO, and it’s the easiest corner to understand.

ISO was a property of film that determined how sensitive it was to light, also referred to as film speed. There are a variety of speeds ranging from a fast film (say ISO 50) to a slow film (say ISO 1600) . In order to use a fast film you need a lot of light, e.g. bright light on a beach in the afternoon. That also meant in darker conditions you would need to have a wide aperture or a longer shutter speed to get the correct exposure. However, a fast film will react to light much quicker and won’t need as much; this makes it useful for night photography. The problem with the higher ISO films is that the images lost image quality. This was due to the grains of emulsion used on the film and resulted in a ‘grainier’ look.

Now with modern technology we are able to change the ISO on our digital cameras. The image quality at high ISO will vary on the ability of the camera but most recent digital cameras can easily shoot at ISO1600 or higher. Just like with film, if you choose a low ISO (say 100) you will need a lot of light to get the correct exposure. However, if you shoot at high ISO (say 1600+) there will be a reduction in image quality as ‘noise’ will be more evident.

ISO is similar to shutter speed as it correlates 1:1 with how much the exposure increases or decreases. However, unlike aperture and shutter speed, a lower ISO speed is almost always desirable, since higher ISO speeds dramatically increase image noise. As a result, ISO speed is usually only increased from its minimum value if the desired aperture and shutter speed aren’t otherwise obtainable.

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