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Titanic Christmas by admin

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It's hard to believe that it's been a month or so since I last updated my blog.   This past month has been hectic with work and also studies.  I'm studying on 3 fronts at the moment (mad, yes, I know!)  So its been hard to get the time to get out and take photographs, as I'd like to.  

But last night, on my way back through Belfast, as I was crossing the flyover on the M3, I spotted the Titanic building in all its glory, like a glistening like a crown on the banks of the Lagan and so I decided to go and investigate as I had my camera gear with me.

 

Titanic Christmas

 

There was an lamp post smack in the middle of my view, so this meant I would have to get in closer and use my wide angle lens.  So I've used the Tokina 11-16mm lens.  This really is a smashing lens.. and fantastic value at about half the price of the Nikon  version.

 

I actually love the distortion around the edge of the image.  I think it draws the focus very definately towards the subject.

 

The way that the "Titanic" was filled with Christmas lights really helped set the image off.

 

At one point a PSNI landrover cruised past me and sat at the nearby traffic lights watching me to make sure I was up to no good... or is that the other way around?!   I always find its best to be straight-forward about how and what you do.

 

Anyway, have a Titanic Christmas in case I don't to say it nearer the time!!

Geoff wins "SWPP Highly Commended Award" in 2 catagories by admin

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Ballycopeland Windmill, Co. Down by Geoff McGrath  

I'm pleased to announce that I have won the SWPP Highly Commended Award twice this month, in 2 different catagories.  A Highly Commended Award sits just below a Gold Award in the judging and so it is still a great achievement.

 

For the Landscape catagory, the Highly Commended Award was for the image above, taken at Ballycopeland Windmill about a month ago.  It really is an honour to be judged at this level by professional imagemakers who know the craft so well and while they are not Gold Awards, they represent a continued development in my work.

 

Donegal Quay, Overlooking the River Lagan by Geoff McGrath

 

This image won a Highly Commended Award in the Monochrome catagory, one of the busiest and most difficult catagories where there were some 89 entries.

It is very pleasing to see my work continue to improve and gain recognition.  Highly Commended Awards can sometimes be reassessed and moved up to a Gold Award so please cross your fingers for me!!  :)

Geoff McGrath

 

 

 

Belfast at Night by admin

Lagan Weir, Belfast by Geoff McGrath  

I decided to go into Belfast during the Belsonic Festival and found the city surprisingly peaceful.    Walking down the Quay, Lagan Weir, caught my eye.  I wanted to try and capture the peaceful vibe, despite the festival that was taking place just over the river behind Custom House in the Square.

 

As you can see the cloud cover was excellent and made for some very dramatic images

 

Across the Weir, Belfast - Cityscapes

 

 

Looking Out to Sea - Under the M3 by Geoff McGrath

 

 

Donegal Quay provided a beautiful view down the River Lagan out towards the Irish Sea.

 

 

 

Formerly St Malachy's Christians School located on Oxford Street, Belfast

 

A walk down Oxford Street reminded me that in among the modern buildings, like the Waterfront Hall and Laganside Magistrates Courtof there was a beautiful little reminder of the past in the form of the now unused St Malachy's Christian Brothers School.  The school opened in 1874 and served as a school until it closed in 1972, although intake to the school stopped in 1966. I'm sure that some former pupils will have interesting memories of their time there.   Until recently the old school was in use as offices for a solicitor's practice.

 

Waterfront Hall, Belfast, by Geoff McGrath Photography

 

My walk took me down past the Waterfront Hall.    Normally the Hall is bustling with activity, but tonight it was quite and uneventful.  I decided to leave the reflections from the streetlights in the image as, to me, it adds to the character of the shot.

 

Reflecting on Queens Bridge by Geoff McGrath

 

The final image taken from my last night tour of the Queen's Bridge area is of the Bridge itself.   Walking up the side of the Waterfront Hall, it brought me to the banks of the Lagan again, and as I walked up the Quay the beautiful reflection of the bridge in the water was something I could not ignore.

 

Check out the gallery to see more images at http://www.geoffmcgrathphotography.com/belfast-at-night/