It's been almost a month since we moved into our flat on the North Coast of Northern Ireland. While plenty of time has been spent getting our abode sorted (as well as cake sampling) I've also managed a few recon visits out along the Causeway Coast.
While it can be very tempting to simply gravitate towards the iconic spots, such as The Giant's Causeway, and Ballintoy Harbour I've been trying to get away from the well trodden track as well. Despite this being one of the most popular spots for Landscape Photographers I still believe there are some hidden gems out there yet to be discovered, or at the very least yet to be photographed well.
I've already decided that most of my time over the coming year is going to be spent on landscape work. I'll still be helping out from time to time on the sports side of things but I can see this becoming less and less and I'm already starting to think about selling my main sports bodies come the end of the season. That's a pretty big decision of course so no final decision as yet but at the same time the longer I hold onto them (and not use them) the less they will be worth when it comes to selling.
I think one of the things I'm looking forward to most is the challenge. And boy there are a number of challenges to face. Fun with filters. The weather. Composition. Colour. The weather. Printing. Long Exposure Cliches and how to avoid falling into a repetitive trap. Did I mention the Weather ???
I also know I need to be much more critical of my own work. That's a good thing. Avoiding the rush to post to social media. I've actually set myself a target to try and produce 10 images over the coming 12 months which I'm happy to put my name to. Until that point most of the images I post to be social media and of course here on the blog will be a kinda work in progress. Something for me to look back on to see if I'm progressing as a landscape photographer.
I'm actually writing this from my parents house in Co.Down. I plan to visit once per month to help out (one of the reasons for the move) and this will also give me the opportunity to explore further in these parts. I'm looking forward to getting down to the Mourne Mountains for a weekend soon and of course there is plenty of scope down and around Strangford Lough.
This morning the conditions were pretty spectacular with freezing fog engulfing Scrabo Tower. The sun at times would break though the mist casting beautiful subdued pinks and purples over the frozen rocks in front of me. I'll hopefully post a few more shots from this morning at a later date.