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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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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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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

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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.

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.

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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.

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