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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/

 

 

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.