I’m starting to post to my blog again after an absence of months. In fact this is the first post this year and if I don’t post soon there won’t be any posts this year!
I haven’t got an excuse for not posting, the simple truth being, that although I’ve continued to take photographs, I lost interest in my blog and didn’t make time to post.
Anyway lately I’ve been experimenting with landscapes, I’ve bought myself some filters including a “Big Stopper” and a decent tripod, I spent a few days in New York in April and I’ve made the usual trips to Dublin to update stock and of course the Antrim Coast. Continue reading “I’m Back”
A recent visit to Castle Espie produced these photographs of swans. Iv’e made half hearted attempts to photograph the swans before but they or the light never really cooperated and there was no urgency on my part as they are nearly always there and I knew that sometime in the future things would come together for me. This time I spotted some taking it easy, it was a nice bright day and so I took some photographs. As luck would have it as I finished off and started to walk away I heard wings flapping and one came gracefully into land. I brought the camera up but wasn’t quick enough to get the actual landing. My fault – I should’ve been paying attention to what was going on around me. A lesson learned!
Saturday 21 February was the annual Horse Ploughing and Country Skill Day at the Ulster Folk Museum, Cultra. This is always held the week before the Mullahead event which is the highlight of the ploughing calendar and this year is celebrating 100 years of horse ploughing with 50 pairs – 100 horses.
The Cultra event is always popular and as well as the ploughing and country skills demonstrations visitors have access to the Folk Museum with the many exhibits on town and country living of around 100 years ago and every time I visit I find something new of interest.
In the past this event has been plagued by wet weather resulting in muck and more muck. This year it snowed but then the clouds cleared, the sun came out and it turned into a beautiful clear day.
Check out the fourth image down – I can’t walk this straight!
I made my first visit of 2015 to Castle Espie today and I’ve included some photographs. I was reluctant to include a further post on castle Espie, making two in a row, but as the previous post included older photographs while these are fresh today I thought I’d chance it.
I would normally use a long lens for shooting wildfowl but today all these images were taken using a 17-40mm lens. The aim was to get as close as possible to the birds with the wide angle zoom so that while the bird appears large to the fore of the frame, much of the surrounding environment is also included. The birds at Castle Espie are relatively tame (they will take food from your hand) but they weren’t completely comfortable with someone clutching a bag full of cameras getting too close so the images aren’t as dramatic as I had hoped. I think next time I’ll put the camera on a tripod and use a remote.
Tens of thousands of Brent Geese make the journey from the Arctic to Stangford Lough each year – the spectacle was featured in BBC Autumnwatch on 31 October. The first this year were spotted in early September with recent counts indicating 27,000 have arrived and Castle Espie, on the shores of Strangford Lough, is the place to see them. Continue reading “Autumn at Castle Espie”