Bloody Bridge, Newcastle, Northern Ireland
Early December 2013
Fuji X-E1 | Fuji 14mm f2.8 | GorillaPod SLR-Zoom with Ball Head | B + W 102 ND Filter | B + W Circular Polarizer
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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Giant’s Causeway, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
Favourite photo from the evening visit to the Giant’s Causeway last Thursday.
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X-E1 | Fuji XF14mm F2.8R | GorillaPod SLR-Zoom with Ball Head
This photograph was taken at ISO 1600, an aperture of f2.8 and a shutter speed of 26s.
A night of chasing the Aurora.
Last week promised so much. But delivered so little.
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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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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):
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.