Sunday, 19 October 2014

Been remiss in posting here.  Must knuckle down!

Early summer evening.  The forecast was that there would be broken cloud around sunset.  I had planned to visit Hen Mountain in just these conditions.  When I got there the sun was slipping down into a bank of cloud on the horizon but just before it set the clouds  broke for about 5 minutes giving the scene a beautiful glow from the low light across the grass, rocks and summit tor.  Well worth the effort.

Sunday, 31 March 2013

B&W with Silver Efex Pro 2

Haven't posted for some time. Poor weather hasn't been encouraging me to get out.

Today I downloaded the suite of Nik software - I've been meaning to try Silver Efex Pro but couldn't resist the offer of the whole suite at a knockdown price.

Below is the first conversion - just played around with it until I got an effect I liked.

Sunday, 10 February 2013

Website 1 year old

My website is now one year old.  When I started it I had no idea that my rallysport pictures would be so popular.  

The number of views is now heading rapidly towards 195,000. Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to look at them.

I must be about halfway through my scanning of my rallysport pictures so I expect it will be another year before this is complete.  After that I intend to start on my pictures from my European mountain walking trips - should keep me going another year at least!

Below is one of my favourites from the rallying section -  from the 1986 Ulster Rally. 

Ari Vatanen

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

That rock again

Been occupied on a number of fronts so haven't posted much of late.  A day's hillwalking in the Mournes on 9 December 2012 brought me back past a boulder I photographed in December 2010 and 2011 so nothing would do but I had to photograph it again.  All 3 are below and all in different light.  This is beginning to feel like an annual pilgrimage.

30 December 2010

11 December 2011

9 December 2012
This year's picture was taken in a howling gale that at times threatened to blow us off our feet.  By the time we had lost some height the wind had eased a bit but I was surprised that the picture is sharp. This time the rock can be seen in its surroundings looking down towards the sea and Donard Forest.

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Overcast day in the Mourne Mountains

Weather forecasts don't always (indeed rarely) take account of altitude.  A promising forecast today turned out to be low cloud and visibility of about 100 metres.  Not really a day for photogaphs.  However, on our walk I was struck by the colours in clumps of grass in a boggy area - ranging from vivid green to magenta and couldn't resist photographing them. 

Later there was more vivid colour where a spring arose on the hillside providing moss with greens and yellows.

All pictures Canon G10

There is always something, even on a poor day, if you are prepared to open your eyes.

Friday, 12 October 2012

100,000 Milestone passed

The website has been up and running for 8 months and in the last couple of days it passed the 100,000 page views threshold (now standing at 104, 000).  95% of the views have been my pictures of rallysport.  I have been amazed by the interest and while I will be continuing to pursue my landscape ambition, at the same time I will be working on scanning more rally pictures. 

Below is a favourite from my last batch of scans - Flying Finn Markku Alen in a Fiat 131 Abarth on the 1978 Scottish Rally.

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Saturday, 6 October 2012

Wet summer continues

Hard to believe the last post was in June.  Less hard to believe is that the wet summer continued.  Did very little photography over the summer.  Started a project based around Ballymacormick Point and have collected a few acceptable pictures but it is a longer term project and I will hold back on the pictures until I have a much wider selection.

Spent the end of August and early September in Canada visiting a number of locations previously shot with film over 20 years ago.  Once again, the weather could have been kinder – everything from wall to wall blue sky and 31 degrees C through heavy rain to snow and temperature of 3 degrees C.  What is it about landscape photographers – we are never satisfied with the weather conditions!  Unfortunately too early for the autumn colour (it was a family wedding that dictated the timing of our visit). Some reasonable pictures but I would describe many of them as being of a pictorial nature rather than anything creative. You can see the set at