Northern Ireland Landscape Photography


Discovering Ethiopia

A few weeks ago I had the privilege of travelling to Ethiopia to do some documentary photography work for a local Charity based in Randalstown.

My knowledge of Ethiopia had been informed and influenced by the media and I expected there to be mainly deserts. However the route from Addis Ababa to Shashamene revealed a green and mountainous landscape.

Read more +

Time-lapse at Rihanna Tree, Northern Ireland

The Infamous Rihanna Tree, County Down, Northern Ireland
Early August 2013

X-E1Fuji XF18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS | B + W 102 M ND Filter| Manfrotto 190XPROB tripod | Manfrotto 804RC2 tripod head | Manfrotto 804RC2 tripod head

Adobe Lightroom | Apple QuickTime Pro

Background Information:

Over recent months I have been intrigued by the new phenomena in Photography, it’s called Time-lapse, where a photographer captures many images before combining them together to create a film.

This was my first attempt at a Time-lapse, at one of my favourite trees in Northern Ireland. The photographs were edited in Lightroom and subsequently process in QuickTime to create the Timelapse.

Over the next number of months I hope to get a variety of timelapses from other locations, having worked more on learning how to capture them in various lighting conditions.

If you are interested in learning more about the technique, check out the following e-book by Dave Delnea

Download Photo of Downhill Beach, Northern Ireland for PC/tablet

This is an abstract image taken one summers afternoon on a visit to Downhill beach with the kids.

Downhill Beach is situated beneath Mussenden Temple (one of the most photographed buildings in Northern Ireland). Definitely worth a visit if you are up the North Antrim Coast.

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



Abstract Landscape Photograph Downhill Beach, Northern Ireland

Screen size:

Read more +

The Swimming Pool, Portstewart, Northern Ireland

Portstewart, County Derry, Northern Ireland
Mid July 2013


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.

Photography Tip #4 – ISO

We’ve come to the final corner in the Exposure Triangle, ISO, and it’s the easiest corner to understand.

ISO was a property of film that determined how sensitive it was to light, also referred to as film speed. There are a variety of speeds ranging from a fast film (say ISO 50) to a slow film (say ISO 1600) . In order to use a fast film you need a lot of light, e.g. bright light on a beach in the afternoon. That also meant in darker conditions you would need to have a wide aperture or a longer shutter speed to get the correct exposure. However, a fast film will react to light much quicker and won’t need as much; this makes it useful for night photography. The problem with the higher ISO films is that the images lost image quality. This was due to the grains of emulsion used on the film and resulted in a ‘grainier’ look.

Now with modern technology we are able to change the ISO on our digital cameras. The image quality at high ISO will vary on the ability of the camera but most recent digital cameras can easily shoot at ISO1600 or higher. Just like with film, if you choose a low ISO (say 100) you will need a lot of light to get the correct exposure. However, if you shoot at high ISO (say 1600+) there will be a reduction in image quality as ‘noise’ will be more evident.

ISO is similar to shutter speed as it correlates 1:1 with how much the exposure increases or decreases. However, unlike aperture and shutter speed, a lower ISO speed is almost always desirable, since higher ISO speeds dramatically increase image noise. As a result, ISO speed is usually only increased from its minimum value if the desired aperture and shutter speed aren’t otherwise obtainable.

Read more +

Page 4 of 8« First...345...Last »

Martin Spence Instagram


- Instagram feed not found.

Martin Spence Photography