Co-Antrim

Why Shoot Landscapes? by Geoff McGrath

Over the past few years, I have come to love Fine Art & Landscape Photography.   There is something immensley pleasing about being able to pause and create something unique and personal from something that it so timeless and immense.  Its like I am borrowing from the beauty of Ireland, to tell my own story.  For me, nothing could be more humbling and more special.  I hope that you share my thoughts!

 

I am really drawn in particular by Landscape Photography.  Northern Ireland is just teaming with natural beauty.  Our country has been known for so long for its violent past, but in recent years with the help of the film & television industry, with programs such as Game of Thrones and many others, the world is starting to see the beauty that we here in N.Ireland often take for granted.

 

I find it very pleasing to be able to get the opportunity of capturing these iconic scenes and locations in my own unique way.  For me, Landscapes are personal.  Every shoot I undertake is a personal pilgrimage into my passion for this beautiful land.  I hope to create a collection of unusual and somewhat different images that will cause viewers to take a moment and see something timeless, yet new and vibrant in our beautiful country.

 

This image above of this desolate little ruined cottage is just on the road to Cushendall from Ballymena.  Being from Ballymena, I have passed by this iconic scene many many times and always felt a draw to it.  Once I latch on to a scene, I will, like Ansel Adams return to the scene of the crime many times, each time looking to see if it will tell me a little bit more of its story.

 

I photographed this scene with my first SLR, an old Canon Ft-b and I am so pleased to return and shot this same scene with my Hasselblad and my digital SLR as well.  How amazing that 30 years on, this little ruin is still here to be savoured and enjoyed.

 

Take a moment and enjoy this beautiful land.  You never know what you will find...

Geoff McGrath

Glenariff - The Glens of Antrim by admin

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  These days, I don't get the time due to other commitments to get out exploring, but Glenariff is some where that has been on my wish list for this summer.  As the autumn has been drawing to a close, I knew I needed to just bite the bullet and get out there, so I set off early last Saturday morning and arrived at Glenariff, just as the mist had lifted.

There's a lot of science quoted about lighting and the best time to photograph certain places and while I totally agree with this, sometimes you have to make the most of the situation you find yourself in.  I have to be honest and say that I am not an overly 'technical' photographer.  This is probably why I left the camera club circuit because I couldn't abide feeling that I was selling my soul just to get a technically excellent shot.  I would rather take a photograph that speaks to me and that evokes a memory.

The Glens of Antrim - 2- Irish Landscapes by Geoff McGrath

The Glens of Antrim - 2- Irish Landscapes by Geoff McGrath

I liked a phrase that has been coined recently by a photographer called Chase Jarvis.  He's written a book on iPhone Photography called The Best Camera is the One That's With You and I guess that's how I feel about lighting.  I'd rather have a record of photographs that are not picture perfect, as have none because I had never gone out and taken any using the excuse that the conditions weren't right or my equipment wasn't right.

For me getting into the lonely places is beautiful in and of itself.  I spent almost 4 hours down in Glenariff and didn't encounter a living soul until I was heading back up out of the Glen.  That freedom and peacefulness is something just as artistic and epic and any image I might capture.  I normally go out with Rosemary on shoots as we love getting out in the outdoors but now and again, I like to totally cut myself off and be alone with Creation and immerse myself in it.

The Glens of Antrim - Irish Landscape - Geoff McGrath

The Glens of Antrim - Irish Landscape - Geoff McGrath

I do this because I love it.  Not to make money.  I am pleased when people choose to buy my artwork and humbled that they are as moved by the scenes that I capture but for me it is sharing the immense beauty of my homeland with others and see them connect with it as I do, that brings the most reward.

After I left the Glens I decided to drive around the top of Newtowncrumlin Mountain as this is another very beautiful area.  its so bleak and remote.  There is nothing better for me.  The complete solitude.

I apologise if I don't sound like your typical landscape photographer, but that's because as I've said, for me entering this natural world its almost a spiritual experience.  Before I started taking my photography more seriously, I used to love just stop and drinking in a view.  But now that I capture these views on my camera it again gives me that time to just pause and experience the beauty.  To connect with Nature and its Creator.  There is truly nothing better.

Irish Landscape - Newtowncrumlin 3 - Geoff McGrath

Irish Landscape - Newtowncrumlin 3 - Geoff McGrath

Irish Landscape - Newtowncrumlin - Geoff McGrath

Irish Landscape - Newtowncrumlin - Geoff McGrath

Irish Landscape - Newtowncrumlin 2 - Geoff McGrath

Irish Landscape - Newtowncrumlin 2 - Geoff McGrath

Homestead by admin

The Old Homestead, Co.Antrim  

This old homestead is a few short minutes away from Ballymena, the town of my birth and is one of the very first iconic views that I remember seeing as a child.

 

My father has been an avid photographer for many years I seem to remember him stopping to photograph this many years ago on the way to the seaside villages of Carnlough and Waterfoot.

 

Seeing it today, it hasn't changed apart from the addition of the tree which has now grown up over the years since my last visit.

I have visited this little homestead quite recent, back in the dead of winter in 2012.

 

I suppose there are a number of locations which would anchor me photographically.  This is one of them.  Another is the lone tree in a field in Co.Down, known locally as Rhianna's Tree.  I feel drawn to them.

 

 

Desolate Cottage

 

In fact, when I sit and consider this, for some strange reason I do seem drawn to isolation and lonely places.  Is this part of growing up as an only child?  I learned quite young to be comfortable in my own skin and with my own company and while I love the company of others, I don't need it.  I really love being alone.

 

Also, I believe that growing up as a child, as I explored fields like this around Rasharkin and Cullybackey with my cousins makes, I felt a certain affinity with open spaces like this.

 

To me, despite growing up in Ballymena town (I spent about 10yrs of my childhood in the town itself,) for me my homestead is summed up by memories of the countryside like this one.  My formative years and memories are of this scene, of Slemish and of seaside trips to Castlerock and Carnlough only 30 mins away from home.

 

I normally love and prefer black and white images but this time decided to process primarily as a colour image.  I really loved the fact that some sheep wandered over to the cottage as I was setting up and them seemed happy to be included in my record of the day.

I hope you love this scene as much as I do.

Geoff.

 

 

 

3 Years by admin

Hi folks, While I've been involved in photography for most of my adult life, over the past 3 years I decided that I wanted to push myself down a more formal route.  My decision was based on the thought that studying an academic course would force me to slow down and take time to research.  Far too often, I've been guilty of just grabbing a camera and starting to shoot, without any preparation time really.

 

So, when I started the HND in Photography through Southern Regional College at Lurgan, I knew I was going to have to work hard to complete a varied range of modules designed to make the student really critique and evaluate the work of other photographers and then apply the same rigorous criteria to my own work.  There's noone harder on me that myself and so the whole 3 years experience was hard going at times.  Sometimes I was pushed into areas that I wasn't very comfortable with.   Product photography, architectural photography, photo-journalistic photography and many others.  I have always loved portrait photography and completed this module in Year One, long with fine art and landscape photography.

 

Girl with Pearls 3 by Geoff McGrath

 

Year One was probably the most formative of the 3 years for me. I say this because it was during this time that I found myself really pushed into an area I struggled with, due to my eyesight.  Working in the darkroom.  Now, darkroom technique is something that I've always loved, but I did find it hard as, at the time, I'd been having some problems with my eyesight (one of the joys of getting older!).

I finished with a level of work in my landscape module that did not please me and so this spurred me on to devote my summer to going out and compiling a portfolio of landscape work.  I made a lot of mistakes along the way but through this process, I ended up falling in love with photographying this beautiful country of Northern Ireland and for the past 3 years have been totally caught up with it.

 

Tree taken at Ballyrobert, County Down by Geoff McGrath, Fine Art & Landscape Photographer, Northern Ireland

 

Since that time, a passion has been growing with in me to promote the rugged beauty of this country.  It was at that time, back in 2012 that I launched this website with a view to sharing my vision with the world.  Exactly how I see this country.  I spent a number of years overseas and I think that is something that has probably made me appreciate the beautiful landscape of Northern Ireland. So, 3 years on, it is with a sense of pride and accomplishment that I think of what I've achieved. I've had commissions from private clients as well as having sold images to film companies for their sets and my work will be on the big screen some time in 2016!

 

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This year the most rewarding aspects of the course have been Portfolio and Exhibition.  As I already mentioned, over the past 3 years, I have amassed a whole plethora of images and yet I never really had the time to actually choose which ones I thought were my best ones.  Portfolio allowed me that time and narrowing it down really made me examine them very closely.  I had received some critique about my early work which hadn't been what I had hoped to hear and for the first time I could see what they were talking about.  Some images looked good on screen but did not print well.  So another item has been added to my list of things to do.  Spend the summer reshooting a lot of my early work again.  I have since then gained a lot of experience and knowledge as well as upgrading my 15 yr old D200 camera to much newer D7100.

 

Tranquility over Oxford Island

 

I also had the opportunity to return to one particular part of Ireland which has haunted/inspired me since 2003, when I first visited it.  Connemara / Mayo.  I had photographed this valley at that time, but time and time again, I returned to look at it longing to return to photograph it when I had more time and the ability to really focus.  In 2014 Rosemary and I stopped our car and I realised that this was it.  It was only 15mins from where we were staying in Louisburg, Co.Mayo.

 

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I love the depth of colour that I find in this beautiful country. it isn't just in the greens though. Everyone talks about Ireland being about the 40 shades of green. It is, but it is so much more than that. There is a timeless ancient quality to this land. These rocks and mountains have been here for 1000's of years. What stories they could tell.

Fine Art Irish Landscapes, Upper Doolough Valley, Co. Mayo, Geoff McGrath Photography

 

This area was the scene of one of the worst tragedies of the Irish Potato Famine when 1000's lost their lives trekking these hills in the worst of winter just to beg for help from overlords more interest in themselves that the people whose responsibility they were.

 

Fine Art Irish Landscapes, Connemara, Co. Mayo, Geoff McGrath Photography

 

Again the rugged landscape of Co. Mayo moving towards what is known as the Connemara Loop. This beautiful expansive land is so often forgotten and neglected by us.

 

Fine Art Ireland - Geoff McGrath - Country Road, Co.Mayo

 

I know John Denver was singing about West Virginia, but this image just reminds of of his song Country Road! I had stopped because Rosemary wanted to photograph some sheep and I happened to turn around and this scene greeted me. I've learned this past few years to "turn around" a lot. Sometimes the best views are from the opposite direction! Its good to look back and see where you have come from!

 

Deserted Cottage, Co.Mayo - Geoff McGrath Photography

 

This deserted cottage was the first thing that really grabbed my attention in Co.Mayo. The depth of colour and beautiful shades of green just captivated me.

 

Mussenden Temple Fine Art Northern Ireland, Geoff McGrath

 

Mussenden Temple was one of the first things that I photographed 3 years ago and traditionally I have preferred this work as a black and white, but after listening to some things that Matt Klowskowski had to say about Lightroom, I decided to rework many of my images and as a result was able to bring so much more out of these shots in colour.

 

Orlock Point, Co.Down - Geoff McGrath Photography

 

This was an image which I had largely ignored 3 years ago when I took it. But in Lightroom I have been able to do so much with this shot to show off the natural beauty of Orlock Point, which is only a 10 minute drive from my home in Donaghadee.

 

I have reached the end of this lengthy post. But I wanted to share with you finally, what I suspect is probably the first landscape that ever really etched itself in my mind as a child. This is, of course, Slemish Mountain, just outside Broughshane, Ballymena. For many years a local photographer, known mostly for his weddings and portraits had been selling a landscape of this scene and it could be seen around many shops in the Ballymena area.

 

(Jack Adams was one of the most prominent photographers in the area for over 40 years and is a good friend of my family. After he retired Jack was so much help to both myself and my father as we photographed weddings, often coming along on the day and his advice and knowledge were unsurpassed.)

Others have gone on to photograph Slemish in the years following, but none of them captured the gradeur and sheer majesty of the hill where Saint Patrick tended sheep, as well as Jack Adams did.

 

So I just want to say that what you see on this website, all started with my father putting a camera in my hand and showing me how to take photographs, but the inspiration came from the work of Jack Adams and I owe him a debt of gratitude for all of his help and encouragement to me over the years.

 

Fine Art Landscape Northern Ireland Slemish, Co.Antrim - Geoff McGrath Photography

 

And so, This June sees the end of 3 years of hard work. To mark the event, the gradtuating students are holding the Beyond Exhibition in the Millenium Court Arts Centre, in Portadown on 4th June at 7.30pm and we would love to see you there. I will have some of my pieces on display which will be available to buy or order. Hope to see you there! Please come and introduce yourself and say hello!

 

Geoff.

 

Featured in this Summer's Northern Ireland Visitors Journal by admin

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I was approached a few months ago by Penton Publications asking if I would like to feauture one of my pieces in their Summer edition of the Northern Ireland Visitors Journal.  This was an excellent opportunity to gain some wider exposure for my work. The image that I chose for submission was one that until recently was being exhibited at the Beyond Exhibition at the Millenium Court Art Centre in Portadown.

I was thrilled to find that my work got a full page to itself!

Browns Bay & Portmuck by admin

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Although I've lived most of my life here in Northern Ireland up until recently, I'd never ever heard of Portmuck and Brown's Bay!  

Its been a difficult few weeks with the recent passing of my father-in-law and I don't think that anyone has the answer for how best to act of what to do in such a situation.  For us, getting out and about, walking and just finding a sense of peace and tranquility around the beautiful coastline of this our homeland is something that we have found has really been a benefit to us.

 

Even before this recent tragedy, I've been struggling this summer to find the "umph" to get out and take photographs.  We all get that, don't we? Writers get writers cramp and so do photographers.  We get times of low productivity when ideas are slow to come to us and we feel very uninspired by the work that we produce.  I think that at times like this, we need to just do it for ourselves.  Well, for me that's partly true.

 

For the most part, much of what I produce is done just for me.  I haven't sought to sell my work so far (but I would love to eventually)  and while I have received a number of awards for my images, I really don't do it for that reason.  On the grand scheme of things, the awards I've won are not going to compare with the accolades that many have received. Some people you read their blogs and its all about their prestige and how fabulous they have been this week (again). Prestige is nice, but it doesn't make you a better person.

 

So... when I take my photographs, I do it for myself, for the sense of completion and peacefulness I feel when I put my eye to the viewfinder and click the shutter.  I know that some people will look at my work and be completely unmoved while others will hate it.  Then once in a while, someone will look at it and love an image and I am truly grateful when I receive feedback like that.  Maybe this next confession is a bit sad but, my computer backgrounds are usually my own images.  Sometimes I just sit and stare and stare at them, because for me, that image captured an emotion and a moment that is eternal and timeless.  One of my favourites examples of this is this one.  I try to put the same emotion in every image I take.  I want to be mesmerised and drawn in.  If I don't feel that way about my own images, I really can't hope for others to like my images.

 

So recently we headed up to this beautiful and neglected part of the Antrim Coast.  Driving out through Carrickfergus and the little village of Eden (I always smile when I pass the sign for the Garden of Eden) towards Islandmagee. Eventually coming down the Ferris Bay Road,  I pulled into the car park, which looked across Larne Lough at Larne Harbour.

 

Larne Lough - Fine Art Landscape Photography by Geoff McGrath Northern-Ireland

 

 

So while we sat and watched the ferries leave we pulled out a few sandwiches and coffee.

 

But my attention was elsewhere, because as we pulled into the car park I immediately spotted some boats and especially 2 old ones.  I'd brought both cameras with me as I wanted to have the freedom to shoot with my 11-16mm Tokina as well as my 18-200mm. The Tokina is very versatile and creates some beautiful perspectives especially with distortions.

 

Old Boat (2) Portmuck - Fine Art Photography by Geoff McGrath Northern-Ireland

 

I just loved the detail in the wood in these old vessels. I don't think somehow that they will ever see water again. Abandoned and ignored they were a great subject study.

 

 

Old Boat (1) Portmuck - Fine Art Photography by Geoff McGrath Northern-Ireland

  Many of my images tend to be on the dark side and that is deliberate. I really enjoy capturing the tonal differences in different textures like stone and wood. So I really wanted to show this detail in the paint and wood on this old boat as much as possible.

 

Old Boat (3) Portmuck - Fine Art Photography by Geoff McGrath Northern-Ireland

  Again here's another one that just screams character. Honestly why would anyone want to photograph something new and shiny that has little or no character when there is such a lovely example of decay and neglect?

 

From here, we drove round past Brown's Bay towards Portmuck. I've not shown any images that I took in Brown's Bay as to be honest, I wasn't really feeling anything from the view. It was beautiful but on the day, there was nothing that really moved me about it so I decided to continue round to Portmuck.

 

And on arriving, I wasn't disappointed. Its easy to just start shooting without thinking of what you want to accomplish... Some of the key elements just present themselves for a good shot at times, but there is always a need to just slow things down and take a look at what is actually right in front of you. With just a slight adjustment, I managed to find some really pleasing foreground detail, in the form of rocks and a grass verge. Just rushing on I would have missed this and for me now, the foreground is a very important element in this shot.

 

Northern Ireland Landscape - Portmuck - Geoff McGrath-Photography

 

Equally in this colour image, the foreground was the sweeping path leading the viewer's eye down into the scene. This is another shot that I find really peaceful. I ventured up the top of the steps at Portmuck Harbour on my own and for most of the time, I was totally alone as I drank in this beautiful view.

 

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  Carrying on down the path, I had to watch my step as some of the steps and rails where a bit loose and hauling 2 cameras and a tripod I didn't want to end up falling.

But the risk was worth it. I really loved the view in front of me. Rocks formed the foreground in this shot, with the coastline of the North Antrim Coast stretching into the distance with varying layers of detail and the added presence of mist or fog in the distance, for me, really served to give a sense of the distance.

 

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As I sat and waited for my shot, I just took some time and through over the events of the past few months. This is another things that I love about this style of photography. With it being so peaceful most of the time, you do get time to just sit and think...to evaluate and in a sense appreciate the journey you are on.

 

Until next time...

A 2013 Round-up & Happy New Year! by admin

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Well I hope that you've all had your Christmas turkey and are looking forward to an amazing 2014!  This past year certainly has been interesting!  

So, I thought it might be a good idea to do a little round-up of my year photographically.

 

Well, it began where 2012 had left off....working on producing a panel of 9 images for a study in "Finding Form."  I did get someowhat side-tracked by the question of just how important shadow was in bringing out the actual form of a subject.  I love the use of shadow and take every opportunity I have to make use of it.

 

Fine Art & Landscape Photography by Geoff McGrath, Donaghadee, Northern Ireland

Fine Art Panel Image by Geoff McGrath, Donaghadee Harbour

 

This image didn't actually make it into my final selection of 9 images because it did not work well within the remit of my brief, but its definately one of my favourites.  I love the sense of dimension which the strong shadows bring to the image and of course, the leading lines which draw our eyes across the photograph.  Not only that, there is lovely tonal contrast on the texture of the stonework.  The reason that it didn't work well with the rest of the panel was because the subject was more the actual shadow detail and in that respect, it was not augmenting or complementing the form of a subject, it was becoming the subject.  So, in another panel it would work great, just not for one documenting "form."

 

Fine Art & Landscape Photography by Geoff McGrath, Donaghadee, Northern Ireland

 

This one works much better for the panel I was studying and infact made it into that final set of 9 images. I love the detailing of the corrosion and the really pleasing textures and tonal range throughout the image.  It really helps to see the dimensions of the chain itself.  The direction in which the chain crosses the image, forms a natural leading line drawing the viewers eye up through the shot.   If you would like to see the full panel of images including those which didn't make it through the selection process, please click here.  I think you'll agree that it portrays Donaghadee Harbour as its never been seen before.

 

Life in a Hopeless Place - Gold Award Winner March 2013 SWPP

 

In March of 2013, I had my first success of the year in the SWPP / SINWP competitions, winning "Gold" for this image in the Landscape section of the competition. I love this image and this tree in particular.  I've already said elsewhere that I really identify with this tree as I'm sure many of us can...  because regardless of what comes against it, its still standing!  I gave the image this name in part because of its recent association with Rhianna's controversial video of the song "We Found Love in a Hopeless Place..."    Many of you will also notice though, that when I launched my website, I have incorporated the tree into my new logo.  So, the tree continues to inspire me.

 

Highly Commended (Silver) Award - Media Photography - May 2013 - Geoff McGrath

 

This next image of Marc Martel won me a Highly Commended Award in May of this year.  Marc is the lead singer with a Christian band, Downhere.  More recently, Marc has found acclaim as the new frontman of the Queen Extravaganza, a Queen tribute band which was actually formed by Brian May & Roger Taylor.  Marc was hand-picked by Brian & Roger after a web audition!  Click here to see them in action on American Idol.

 

Ballycopeland Windmill, Co. Down by Geoff McGrath

 

Sometimes you wonder why an image doesn't do better and this was the case with both this image of Ballycopeland Windmill (just outside Millisle) and the one below taken from my "Belfast at Night" set.  Regardless, it was great to continue through the year with futher awards and both of these took "Highly Commended" awards in August in the Landscape and Monochrome sections respectively.

 

I've really had to start to think more about my composition and it has really paid off this year.  Previously, I depended on my ability to "see" a good image, but there is so much more to it that just seeing it, you have to work hard to convey what you see into a finished image.  I love the lonely feel of this Belfast image, despite the fact that not 500 yrds away the Belsonic Festival was playing out to massive crowds.

 

Looking Out to Sea - Under the M3 by Geoff McGrath

 

Once again my inspiration was taken from the Tree for my October 2013 entry for SWPP / SINWP competition.  I decided to enter into the Fine Art section this time around.  This was because I had processed this image in a totally different way looking for a more graduated look and feel to the sky.  Also I felt the image was not so much a landscape, as it was a portrait shot, of the Tree.  I wanted people to see the Tree in detail and get to know it personally.... at least that was the feel that I got as I worked through the process.  There was beautiful light and shade in the tree and I mirrored this in the graduated sky.

 

This effort won me a "Gold Award" in Fine Art and again it was really pleasing to see my work recognised.

Tree taken at Ballyrobert, County Down by Geoff McGrath, Fine Art & Landscape Photographer, Northern Ireland

 

 

After the Dawn - Portstewart Strand - Geoff McGrath Photography

 

As well as the Gold in Fine Art, I also received a "Highly Commended" for my image of Portstewart Strand.  This shot was taken just after the sun had risen and some beautiful detail came to the fore in the rocks and sand surfaces.  I've enhanced the tonal contrast which has helped immensely to lift the shot and give it real drama.  This was one of my favourite shots of the year.

 

As I look forward into 2014, I'm excited!  I hope you are too.... another opporunity to take a fresh look around us and refocus our efforts, to find meaning to our lives and existance, bigger than ourselves.

 

I trust as we go through this next year, you'll be with me on my journey, not only here on my blog, but also on my Facebook Page, my Pinterest Page and my 500px page.  Connect with me too on Twitter if you like!  I hope to have some exciting news to share with you very soon about some upcoming workshops that I will be taking... But enough of that!  I can't spill the beans ... NOT JUST YET, anyway!

 

Have a great New year everyone, and thank you so much for your interest in my work, it means more to me that I can possibly say!

 

Geoff (McGrath)

 

 

The Newtownabbey Way by admin

These two images tonight of the Newtownabbey Way were taken last week while down at the Whiteabbey Beach.  It was a beautiful night and we had just come from an hours long walk along the beach.  I have wanted to explore this beach for some time, driving past it quite a few times over the past months as the old pier often caught my eye.  

The Newtownabbey Way taken at Whiteabbey Beach

 

The symmetry of this framework just grabbed my attention.  I have been really focussing on lines, context, and contrasting textures recently so when I saw this I couldn't resist it.  I stood at the bottom of a set of steps and adjusted my tripod to get a nice low perspective as I really wanted to explore the wood textures of the beams which would have been hidden otherwise.

 

The Newtownabbey Way taken at Whiteabbey Beach

 

Walking back the other way I noticed how the different perspective affected my thoughts about the frame.  I liked the railing and path leading the eye into the image.  But, I was also really taken with the growth of the vines around the frame at this end and loved how they seemed to smother the frame.

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/

 

 

500px Page by admin

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Today I thought I would share my 500px page with you. 500px is a fantastic site for photographers and those who love photography. I am constantly inspired by what I see there and always come away with a new idea or a better understanding of what it is that we as photographers do. Please take a look at my page and link to it if you have 500px already.

Thanks

Geoff.

Geoff McGrath - Landscape - Fine Art - Photography - Northern Ireland - County Down - County Antrim - Scapes

Carrickfergus Harbour - Audacious & an Old Friend by admin

Recently I visited Carrickfergus Castle and Harbour.  When I arrived I was totally suprised to see Audacious and her Old Friend in dry dock in the Harbour  

Old Ships in Carrickfergus Harbour

This looked very precarious to say the least! Two days later when I returned to the Harbour, the larger ship had fallen over!  That is what makes the presence of the people in this shot so important, they are totally oblivious to the danger they are in.

 

Audacious, Carrickfergus Harbour August 2013

 

I just loved the textures and colours in this shot.  My favourite colours are (strangely..) black and everything in the "teal" range, those greeny blues.  So when I saw this I knew I needed to photograph this on in colour!  They were truly amazing.  Because I know nothing of them really, I've no idea how long they will be there!

 

Old Boat at Carrickfergus

 

This is a shot of the second ship and it captures the feeling of decrepide decay and the sense that this ship has not seen good times for many years!  I just love the textures fighting their way to the  surface!

 

Carrickfergus Harbour on a stormy evening

 

Finally I managed to get another lovely shop inside the curve of the harbour itself.  The sky was wonderfully dramatic!

 

Thanks for taking time to look at my work.  If you like it, please send others to my site and blog... much appreciated ;)

Geoff.