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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.

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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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