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black and white landscape photography

I'm Rather Bored of Sunrise

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I'm Rather Bored of Sunrise

Sometimes we get too fixed on shooting at sunrise or sunset while refusing to head out with the camera because the weahter doesn't look ideal. Well actually some of your stronger images may actually be just beyond that heavy rain cloud or through those stormy skies. Get out and shoot in bad weahter .... 

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When The Tide Goes Out

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When The Tide Goes Out

Back over in Ireland to see the folks. It's my first time back over since dad got out of hospital. While the reality of the new normal is stark, it's bloody fantastic to have him back at home - ranting and raving about this and that. But that's him, bark worse than his bite. Shows he still has plenty of fight left in him. 

We have had some wonderful weather conditions over the past week while I've been here but I've resisted the temptation about heading out too much with the camera - the trip is about spending time with mum and dad.  Early mornings however allow me a few hours before the folks get up and yesterday morning I headed down to Island Hill, which is just outside the town I grew up in, Comber. 

Patches of cloud make for a much more interesting sky and the fact that the tide was out allowed for various compositions using the long path which leads to the island. I grabbed my first kiss on that island and also skipped a few days of school laying low on it. Like a poor mans Robinson Crusoe.  

I think I managed a couple of frames which I'm happy with - I'm sure I'll publish those at some point in the future. In the meantime here is one which I converted to B+W in Silver FX. It's a combination of 3 frames which were then merged in Lightroom HDR-Merge. I really like this feature as it simply merges the frames without creating a techno-crazy HDR image. 

When The Tide Goes Out - Fuji XE2 + Samyang 12mm (3 frames merged in LR then Silver FX) 

When The Tide Goes Out - Fuji XE2 + Samyang 12mm (3 frames merged in LR then Silver FX) 

If you look way into the distance to the path as it heads across to the island you should be able to see a lone figure. This chap makes this walk every single morning and I've seen him down there through all conditions. Perhaps a bit small in the frame to really bring anything additional to the image but now you know he's there perhaps it does add something?

Hope you have a great week. 

 

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Mad Dogs and Fuji Men

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Mad Dogs and Fuji Men

I'm back over in Northern Ireland at the moment with my mum and dad. Since dad's operation I've been coming over once every few weeks to see him and help out around the place. It is at times like this that I especially love the size of my Fuji kit. Trips like this [with one cabin bag] I would never have thought about bringing the Canon kit and had been left frustrated with the options for photography with the iPhone. Fuji XE2 + 35mm (ISO 800, F/11, 1/1200)

Unlike my previous trips I decided to leave the tripod at home and only brought one lens with me, the Fuji 35mm (f/1.4) I love this lens, so sharp I'm sometimes worried I'll cut myself on the images. Fantastic in low light with a buttery, creamy bokeh to die for.  Perfect for impromptu street shooting or some indoor portrait work.  What I didn't expect, however, was to be shooting landscapes with it - especially in the midday sun. Mad dogs and Fuji Men?

Fuji XE2 + 35mm (ISO 800, F/11, 1/1200)

Yesterday it was a bright sunny day and I decided to take a walk down to Island Hill at low tide. It really was beautiful out there. Plenty of waders on the mud flats. Noisy Oystercatchers and black headed gulls all around. The place is internationally important for many different species and I remember spending many a day bird watching or even kayaking on the loch as I was growing up. I also kissed my first girl down at Island Hill :)

Fuji XE2 + 35mm (ISO 800, F/8, 1/3200)

Shooting at ISO 800 in daylight conditions to allow for more dynamic range, which in turns allows for both shadows and highlights to be pulled from the heights and depths of the image. I simply love that about the Fuji and certainly has opened up plenty of photographic opportunities when filters or bracketed shots was not wanted or possible.

Fuji XE2 + 35mm (ISO 800, f/11, 1/3000)

All of the images have had one simple bit of post processing done to them. I imported into Silver FX Pro and applied one of my custom pre-sets on it. This one is called "The Elephant Watering Hole". I typically name my pre-sets based upon the very first image that I used it on, and in this case it was an Elephant in South Africa. Like the look of the pre-set? Get in touch and I can provide it for you.

Fuji XE2 + 35mm (ISO 800, f/8, 1/1800)

Very pleased with the hour or so I spent down on the beach at Island Hill. Good for the soul to get outside into the fresh air. With my upcoming change it is the one thing I'm looking forward to most. Just tramping around with the camera. Immersing myself into the environment. A day like yesterday always teaches me that photography should not simply be about the epic sunrise or the far flung landscape. Not just about the Golden Hours for sure. Instead it's all about shooting more. Discovering more. And yesterday I discovered that shooting with a 35mm lens (53mm equiv) under the midday sun can still reveal some pleasing images. I hope you enjoyed them.

Fuji XE2 + 35mm (ISO 800, f/8, 1/1400)

All images shot on the Fuji XE2 with the 35mm f/1.4 lens. Jpeg (fine) setting used along with B+W film simulation. No cropping and all images imported into Silver FX Pro where a custom preset was used. 

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Into the Unknown

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Into the Unknown

Well given my most recent decision on my future I think this post seems quite appropriate. Into the Unknown

50% excited and 50% terrified ... actually make that 100% of each :)

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