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Location Hunting on the North Antrim Coast

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Location Hunting on the North Antrim Coast

A month of location hunting along the North Antrim Coast. Setting myself a target to produce 10 images over the next 12 months which I'm really happy with. Improving my technique with filters. Becoming an expert user of the software tools for post processing. Battling the elements. Of course to put this into context I'm probably only really happy with around 10 or so images I've shot over the past 8 years. 

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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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Breaking Dawn [Burwell Fen]

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Breaking Dawn [Burwell Fen]

Beautiful conditions earlier in the year down at Burwell Fen - a location I hope to spend a heck of a lot more time at over the coming months. Breaking Dawn

It can be quite difficult to frame a half decent landscape photo in the this part of the world, with lots of flat open space. Then again that also appeals to me from the challenge point of view as the landscape, in these parts, is quite unique and can uncover something different than the normal landscape photographs we see.  Certain conditions, especially with the shapes of the clouds, can make for some nice big sky photography.

Shot with the Fuji XE2 and Samyang 12mm combo - my goto combo for landscape photography. I also just picked up a RRS 55 Ball Head and L-Shape bracket and am really looking forward to using these two in my Fuji landscape adventure going forward.

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