The Big Picture

The Big Picture

There’s something about a big photograph. It draws the eye, it has presence, it can fascinate, it can impress. I’ve rediscovered panoramas. These images are from Castle Espie, Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust centre in County Down and were taken over the last...
A Well Fed Robin

A Well Fed Robin

A recent foray into the woods at Castle Espie WWT Centre threw up an unexpected result. I had been there to shoot some video of Brent Geese feeding on Strangford Lough and afterwards went for a walk into the woods. I stopped at the viewpoint that overlooks the centre...
Belfast 2018

Belfast 2018

This is the time of the year when you publish some of your best or favourite photographs taken in the previous year. I didn’t travel around the country as much as usual in 2018, mainly because of illness over the summer, so I’ve limited myself to Belfast....
Exclusivity – Worth it?

Exclusivity – Worth it?

Alamy has about 155 million images available for licensing and say they have the world’s most diverse stock photo collection. In early December they announced that in January they would announce they were cutting the commission paid to photographers from 50% to...
Storm Diana

Storm Diana

We’re lucky in Northern Ireland when it comes to the weather. It‘s mild. It rarely gets too warm in summer and in winter rarely drops much below freezing. When storms get to us they’re usually winding down or just brush us as they pass by. The latest storm to pass by...
Rain on Strangford Lough

Rain on Strangford Lough

I haven’t been to Castle Espie WWT Centre as often as usual this year. Last week I went motivated by the realisation that my yearly membership is due in January. Castle Espie is on the shores of Strangford Lough, the largest sea lough in the British Isles. They have...
The Entries

The Entries

I’ve had a very loose ongoing project about The Entries rattling around in my head for years and wrote briefly about Pottinger’s Entry in an earlier post. The Entries or The Belfast Entries mostly run between High Street and Ann Street and date back to...
Bank of the Four Johns

Bank of the Four Johns

The Bank Buildings, Castle Street, Belfast was built in 1785 and was originally known as the Bank of the Four Johns because the four founders shared that Christian name. The bank collapsed around the early 1800’s and became the residence of the Church of Ireland...