Lagan Locks

Belfast 400 J Orr stunt bmx bikes

In 1613 Belfast was made a town by James I, starting the journey towards the city we know today. To celebrate the past four hundred years events are being held over the year across the city and today a Belfast 400 festival was held in the grounds of the City Hall.

Some stalls from St. Georges Market had moved to the grounds, there was face painting for the kids, music and BMX Stunt Bikers doing their thing.

While my wife went shopping I killed some time, had a coffee and took some photographs.

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Belfast 400 Street entertainers J Orr
Street Entertainers

 

Belfast 400 J Orr stunt bmx bikes
Stunt Bikes

 

There has been many, many thousands of words written about how to present portfolios, blogs, websites and even yourself. I’m sure someone somewhere has decreed that black and white and coloured images should not be displayed together but this just seems to work better in black and white.

Belfast 400 J Orr group music
Musical Interlude

 

Now to cover the title of this post. Recently I saw a photograph of a bridge in Paris covered in padlocks and now I’ve noticed these padlocks on the Lagan Footbridge. Some seem relatively new but others looked as if they’d been there for a while. I’ve walked past them many times without giving them a thought and it took the photograph of the bridge in Paris to make them register with me. Hopefully there’ll be many more over the years and the council won’t feel they have to remove them.

Lagan locks Belfast J Orr
Lagan Locks

 

 

 

Down Cathedral

Down Cathedral, Downpatrick, Co. Down

It doesn’t seem to matter what time I go to Downpatrick, the traffic is always blocked up and there always seem to be roadworks, it’s just be one of those places. Having said this if I’m anywhere nearby I make a point of visiting Down Cathedral and/or Saul Church. They are both very interesting buildings to photograph and easy to get to – once you get through the traffic that is.

Down Cathedral dates from 1124 and St. Patrick is believed to be buried in the grounds.

These photographs were taken with a Canon 5D Mark2.

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Down Cathedral, Downpatrick, Co. Down
Down Cathedral, Downpatrick, Co. Down

This one of those images that begs to be produced in black and white. It was processed using Adobe Lightroom and Topaz Black and White effects. Its not very apparent here because of the size but when viewed full size the church in the background can be seen to be out of focus while the cross is sharp giving depth to the image.

 

St. Patricks Grave, coins, flowers, Downpatrick, J Orr
St. Patricks Grave

These images were taken on 4 April 2013. The flowers and coins have been left on 17 March, St Patrick’s Day.