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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.

 

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.

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.

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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