Yesterday morning it was warm and sunny and I went for a walk along the Marina. There’s what you could describe as a viewing area at the end giving a view across the lough with Eisenhower Pier in the foreground.
On this occasion as well as a view of the pier I got a view of rain rushing over the lough towards me.
I’ve been experimenting recently in Lightroom with some pre-sets from a company called Sleek Lens. I’ve had them for some time and used them fairly frequently but with these images I pushed them further than before – quite a bit further.
I took this photograph of Samson and Goliath some years ago and I may have included it previously. The old brick wall at the right is no longer there and sadly the blue sky has been missing these past few weeks.
This is an improved version with the sky extended at the top of the image, a touch of red removed and it has been sharpened in Topaz.
Hipstamatic is a popular photography app for the iPhone, although probably not as popular as it once was. I think I may have mentioned it previously as every so often I delve into it to see what I can do.
Briefly it allows you to use filters on photographs taken with your phone as well as adjust settings, such as exposure, saturation etc. Some filters are overly dramatic but exercising some restraint can yield impressive results. By curbing your temptation to go completely over the top some striking images can be produced. I tend to tone down the filters and then perhaps adjust saturation, highlights and shadows to get where I want.
I took these pictures standing near the Lifeboat Station at the bottom of Eisenhower Pier, Bangor.
The yacht in the far distance is Kaos, owned by Walmart heiress, Nancy Walton Laurie. It is worth £241 million, £275 million or $300 million, depending where you read it. Whatever figure is correct, it is a beautiful yacht.
The question to be asked is – would I have rather watched the sunset from the deck of a $300 million superyacht or standing near the Lifeboat Station at the bottom of Eisenhower Pier?