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Glenoe Waterfall, Co Antrim

Glenoe waterfall is situated in the heart of the Glens of Antrim.  It is a hidden treasure found a short walk from the car park.

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There are quite a few steps that meander up and down the sides of this small green valley, enabling the walker to get good views of the waterfall and a further waterfall at the top of the walk.

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Photography Tip#3 – Shutter Speed

The camera shutter allows light into the camera and onto the film or sensor. Sometimes there is a delay between pressing the shutter release and the camera responding by taking the picture; this is known as the ‘Shutter lag’. Ironically, while this delay was insignificant on most film cameras, some digital cameras have shutter lag times in the order of hundreds of milliseconds, which may be a minor annoyance to the user.

The time frame it takes for the shutter to open and close is measured in seconds and generally known as the shutter speed. In the early days of photography, available shutter speeds were somewhat ad hoc. Nowadays the agreed standard for shutter speeds is:

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Photography Tip #2 – Aperture

Aperture is a measure of the opening of the iris, inside a lens, when a picture is taken.  When the shutter release button is pressed on the camera a hole opens up that allows the cameras film or image sensor to catch a glimpse of the scene you’re wanting to capture.   The aperture of a photographic lens will be adjusted to control the amount of light reaching the film or image sensor.  In combination with variation of shutter speed, the aperture size will regulate the sensor/film’s degree of exposure to light.  Typically, a fast shutter speed will require a larger aperture to ensure sufficient light exposure, and a slow shutter speed will require a smaller aperture to avoid excessive exposure.
 

 

The aperture is measured in f-stops; moving from one f-stop to the next one, f5.6 to f4, for example, doubles the amount of opening in the lens (and the amount of light getting through). Vice versa, if the f-stop is changed from f2.8 to f4, this halves the amount of opening in the lens.  The f-stop number is calculated by dividing lens focal length by the diameter of the aperture opening, so a 100mm lens, with an aperture diameter of 50mm would give an aperture of f2.

Photography Tip #1 – Light

Over the next few posts I want to share some basic, but fundamental, information about what goes into creating a photograph.

All of photography can be discussed in terms of light. The ability to see subtle changes in the light on a subject is a key to high quality work and is part of what makes a photograph rather than a snap shot. The challenge is to control the light.

Light can do more than make an image; it can emphasize, subdue or alter moods. It can help you say many things about your subject.

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Slemish Mountain

Aside from its natural beauty, Slemish Mountain, is known as the first Irish home of Saint Patrick.  In local tradition, the mountain was the site of St Patricks’s slavery, where he worked as a shepherd for about six years, from ages 16 through 22, for a man named Mulchi.

During this time of loneliness, Patrick turned to prayer as his only consolation and had a vision which encouraged him to escape and return home. After which he became a priest and returned to Ireland, allegedly to convert his old master.

Slemish Landscape Photography Northern Ireland

The mountain rises about 1500 feet (437 metres) above the surrounding plain, and it is actually the central core of an extinct volcano.   On a clear day, you should be able to see 5 of the 6 counties of Northern Ireland from the top.

This landscape photograph was taken from the Colin Road.

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Minimalism at Gallows Hill (outside Cloughmills)

Yesterday I had the pleasure of visiting fellow photographer, Gilbert Lennox’s new home. My recent photos have all taken with a minimalist approach around Gallows hill.

I’d seen Gilbert share many photos of Gallows hill, it’s a simple hill with one of the most amazing crooked tree, which appears to be bowing before the heavens. So I was excited to find this hill and realised it was just on Gilberts doorstep. We often take for granted the things that are on on our doorsteps.

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Download Photo of White Park Bay, Northern Ireland for Desktop/iPad

This is one of my favourite landscape images from 2012, it was taken early one morning up the north coast at White Park Bay.

The sun appeared and kissed the bay before vanishing behind the clouds.

If you want a new background for your PC/iPad please select the link that matches your screen size and save the photo.

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Sunkissed White Park Bay, County Antrim

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Calendar 2013 – Stand By Me Wall

Where does time go?

Gilbert & I have been priveleged to provide images for Stand By Me to create Calendars over the last couple years.

Having seen the Calendars raise money for Kids in Crisis we agreed to provide another set of images to Stand By Me for the 2013 Calendar.  The calendars production costs have been paid for by a sponsor so all the money from your purchase will go to the kids.

As in previous years the calendar will cost £5 plus postage if required.

There is a larger view of the calendar images below, if you would like to purchase one please contact Michael Holmes at:
michael@standby.me

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Calendar 2013 – Stand By Me Desktop

Where does time go?

Gilbert & I have been priveleged to provide images for Stand By Me to create Calendars over the last couple years.

Having seen the Calendars raise money for Kids in Crisis we agreed to provide another set of images to Stand By Me for the 2013 Calendar.  The calendars production costs have been paid for by a sponsor so all the money from your purchase will go to the kids.

As in previous years the calendar will cost £5 plus postage if required.

There is a larger view of the calendar images below, if you would like to purchase one please contact Michael Holmes at:
michael@standby.me

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Download Photo of Bloody Bridge, Northern Ireland for Desktop/iPad

This is Bloody Bridge, Newcastle, just after sunrise. Its one of my favourite locations in Northern Ireland for landscape photos.

If you want a new background wallpaper for your PC/iPad please select a link that matches your screen size and save the photo.

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Bloody Bridge, Northern Ireland

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