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Tranquility at Oxford Island by admin

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  Tranquility over Oxford Island

 

 

 

One of the things that I love most about the sea and bodies of water is the sense of tranquility it gives me.  I don't know if it affects you the same way.  Its a deeply personal place to enter.  That place where one is completely at rest.

 

Some time has passed since I updated my blog.  If I'm honest, after completing my final assignment in my Year Two HND course, I felt totally deflated.  The subject matter I was covering was extremely disturbing and spending 3 months pouring over such images just left me feeling a bit numbed.  Due to the sensitivity of the subject matter, it may never appear on the internet, but despite that, it was a deeply moving subject and one that I sadly see, much too often.

 

Over all, the year creatively had been difficult as I covered subjects that didn't really hold a lot of personal interest for me, but as it was part of the course, it had to be tackled.  I don't class myself as a commercial photographer or a photo-journalist.  But entering the final phase, that of Fine Art I was really looking forward to the module.  There was a last minute change and the subject was changed from Fine Art Open to Fine Art Documentary.  All my plans went out the window!

 

So, at the end of it all, as I already said, I wasn't feeling exactly motivated.  I have some personal projects that I had hoped to accomplish this summer, which so far, have remained untouched.  I'm hoping that getting back into my blog might help with that.

 

Most of all, more recently, our family has experienced a personal bereavement and the past few months especially have been difficult.

 

It was in the midst of this, that we went out for a quite walk to clear our minds and I saw the scene that I have shared with you today.  I just loved the real sense of peace that Oxford Island gave us that day and more than anything, this image captures that.  Sometimes you need to calm your soul.

 

And so I leave you with this image in the hope that it moves you, much in the same way as it has me.

 

Geoff.

Baywatch - Portstewart by admin

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This past weekend saw me up at the North Antrim Coast again on the Baywatch set!  ;) Baywatch, Portstewart

 

This is just a little teaser of what I was up to.  At the moment I've a pretty heavy workload on so it might take a little time to get more images up from this latest trip...we'll see how it goes.    I had hoped to have my new Hitech 10 stop ND filter with me to capture some stormy weather, but Royal Mail saw fit to take the proverbial, so I decided to do what I do best...  just go out in the worst weather and see how wet I could get without soaking my gear.  Mission accomplished, then! lol.

I love the simplicity of this first photo. It just jumped out at me the minute I started to look around me.  I'd taken some photos on a portrait shoot around this old lifeguard station a couple of years ago and I think its really got character.

 

After the Dawn - Portstewart Strand - Geoff McGrath Photography

After the Dawn - Portstewart Strand

 

This image was taken about 9am on a surprisingly calm Sunday morning.  While we were hearing tales of the extreme conditions elsewhere in the UK, we were experiencing beautiful calm and mild weather for October.  I've processed this image concentrating on nice tonal contrast and then used Nik's HDRExPro software to lift the colour out.

 

Stairway to Heaven - Portstewart - Geoff McGrath Photography

 

I was reminded of Stairway to Heaven when I saw this and was tempted to make some of those railings at the top 'disappear' but I didn't think it right to remove them just for the sake of a title!  :)  This shot was taken with the 11-16mm Tokina.

 

Portstewart - The Old Convent - B&W - Geoff McGrath Photography

 

I've always found that there's more than one way to skin a cow and this is cetainly true when it comes to photography.  The most common view of the old convent (now a school) is from the Promenade and you'll find that shot earlier in my portfolio.  I decided I wanted to see it from the other side just as the sun was rising.  I was rewarded with this beautifully peaceful image of the Old Convent looking out over the Atlantic Ocean.

 

Geoff McGrath

Unseen Donaghadee by admin

Unseen Donaghadee - You know how you live in a place for years and then one day, you just turn a corner and find yourself looking at something you've never seen before?  Well that's what happened to me a short time ago.   I was photographing a church in Donaghadee and I turned around to leave and there before my eyes was this little lane.  Right in the middle of town.  So I couldn't resist taking time to photography a little part of unseen Donaghadee. Who knows, I might have to explore that lane further and see where it takes me...  

 

Forgotten Donaghadee

 

 

Another part of forgotten Donaghadee is an area I find myself driving past often. The gorgeous coastline of the Warren Road. We take things of this beauty for granted. Long before anyone decided to build grand houses along this road, there was the sea and people have been walking down little paths along this coastline for hundreds of years. I actually took this photography back in 2011 as part of my initial studies into HDR photography, but as many photographers, the more I learn the more I want to experiment and I decided to revisit some old images and see if I could do them justice.

 

 

Donaghadee Coast

This tree was along the path around Orlock Point and this path winds all the way in to Groomsport and then into Bangor. I need to walk that one of these days. The tree just caught my eye against the skyline.  

Coastal Trees

This final image is another taken in 2011 and I much prefer the black and white version to the colourful HDR shot which in my opinion was overcooked.  

Warren Road, Donaghadee

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Finally, I just took delivery of my new 11-16mm lens and will soon be posting some of my first images taken with it. I've really enjoyed shooting around Belfast again, but I am really looking foward to getting some time to go out and shoot some landscape. I can't wait to see the result.

  Til next time, thanks for taking time to read..

Geoff (McGrath)