LANDSCAPE / SEASCAPE
A major influence in my pursuit of a career in photography has been living by the seafront in Whitehead, at the mouth of Belfast Lough on the Antrim Coast.
Being able to observe the ever-changing sea views looking out towards the Copeland Islands and Blackhead, varying from idyllic millpond on a balmy summer's evening to spectacularly violent stormy winter seas, is perpetually engaging and frequently exciting. Sometimes phenomena such as an unusual rainbow, sunbeams breaking through clouds or the remnants of a passing storm at twilight are so fleeting, that it can be a mad dash to grab the camera and run out the front door to get the shot before the scene vanishes.
Added to this are the busy sailing activities throughout the summer months as well as interesting shipping movements further out in the Lough, which also provide the opportunity for photography.
There is also a great deal of interesting local wildlife to photograph. In addition to the variety of seabirds fishing locally, including herons and cormorants, we were treated to the sight of a pod of around twenty bottlenose dolphins playing off Whitehead in August 2012. My photos of the dolphins were published in the Belfast Telegraph.
The beautiful Islandmagee peninsula is also easily accessible along with many more inland beauty spots, and I have spent many enjoyable hours exploring the coastline at the Gobbins, Portmuck and Brown's Bay to record images.
Creating a Panoramic at Glenoe Waterfall
Whenever I travel further afield (Antrim Coast, Donegal, Scotland) I try to explore the local areas and attempt to capture some memorable images. With non-local landscape photography it is not always possible to get the perfect sunrise or sunset, unless you are able to re-visit the same location over a few days or weeks. Most the time I just have to accept the weather conditions and try to work with it, a grey stormy day by the sea can produce some decent images. A trip to Ayrshire in December 2012 found me trying some night shots in gale force winds: holding the tripod steady was interesting!
Ayrshire Coast on a Stormy Morning
I am constantly trying to improve my photography and the galleries are expanding with new images on a regular basis, so please check back from time to time to see the latest photos.
Prints can be purchased in sizes ranging from 6x4” up to A2.
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