First Church

Back to my Lightroom catalogue. I took these images of Saul Church in Downpatrick in 2016 and for some reason I can’t remember, processed them in colour. They look fine (I’ve even sold prints) but I can’t figure out why I haven’t processed them to black and white before now.

Saul Church is built on the site of St. Patrick’s first church in Ireland. It is said that when he came to Ireland in 432 the local chieftain gave him a barn, where the church now stands, to hold services in. Patrick is believed to have died at Saul and his reputed grave is in the grounds of Down Cathedral, Downpatrick. Flowers are laid there on St. Patrick’s Day each year.

Services are still held in the Church at Saul.

 

Saul Church, Downpatrick, County Down
Saul Church, Downpatrick, County Down

 

Saul Church, Downpatrick, County Down
Saul Church, Downpatrick, County Down

 

Saul Church, Downpatrick, County Down
Saul Church, Downpatrick, County Down

 

Open Bible in Saul Church, Downpatrick, County Down
Open Bible in Saul Church, Downpatrick, County Down

Getting to 2018

 

Past work has featured in the last few posts and although I’m still working at cleaning up my Lightroom catalogue and organising images I thought I should move into 2018.

January, this year, has been unusually dull and wet and his image of St. Anne’s was taken during a rare sunny few hours.

 

Belfast Cathedral, St. Anne's
Belfast Cathedral, St. Anne’s

Forgotten images

 

Firework Display
Fireworks

 

Firework Display
Fireworks

 

As I mentioned before I’m using the winter weather as an opportunity to clean up my Lightroom catalogue.

Working through images from previous years is a walk down memory lane and while doing it I’ve found photographs that should’ve been sent for stock but were missed at the time.

There are also many personal images that I meant to get printed and never got round to it.

These photographs are a find from the personal folder. I took them at a wedding reception on a little Sony RX100 that I no longer have. From memory I think it had a setting for fireworks that has worked pretty well.

Clarendon Dock

 

Clarendon Dock, Belfast
Clarendon Dock, Belfast

In recent years Clarendon Dock has been rejuvenated and is one of Belfast’s premium business areas.

City Quays 1 and 2 have been completed and have attracted some prestigious tenants. Plans are under way for the construction of City Quays 3 and 4. The AC Marriott Hotel nearby is nearing completion and is to open early this year.

While the new offices house mostly young computer literate people working in the digital, world the two original Clarendon Graving Docks remain. The first was completed in 1800 and the second in 1826. They contrast with the modern buildings and offer a reminder of how previous generations earned their living when life, although simpler, was much harder than than it is now.

Clarendon Dock, Belfast
Clarendon Dock, Belfast

 

Spirit of Belfast

Spirit of Belfast

 

The Spirit of Belfast is a sculpture by Dan George in Arthur Square, Belfast. Arthur Square is what I always knew as Cornmarket.

Harking back to Belfast’s industrial heritage the artwork represents the delicate woven fabric of linen and the strength of steel used in shipbuilding. Unveiled in 2009 it was quickly christened ‘The Onion Rings’.

Although I’ve never heard anyone express strong opinions on the sculpture locals will be happy to forget the fountain that didn’t work well and the bandstand that bands didn’t play from that occupied the space previously.

Victoria Square

 

Victoria Square, Belfast

 

Victoria Square, Belfast
Victoria Square, Belfast

Victoria Square is the premier shopping area in Belfast. Opened in 2008 it is the biggest and at a cost of £400 million, one of the most expensive property developments in Northern Ireland.

About 3000 people were involved in the construction and roughly 3000 people are now employed by the various retailers and service industries operating within the square.

Victoria Square will celebrate its 10th anniversary in March 2018.

Family functions

We’re in the grip of winter now and there are few opportunities for outside photography. I’ve been spending time cleaning out my Lightroom catalogue and attempting to learn Photoshop.

I have family in Cavan and visit usually three or four times a year for the usual events like weddings, birthdays, anniversaries and sometimes a family get together just to catch up. It was while cleaning out my Lightroom catalogue that I came upon images from my last visit in August past.

We had been there for a wedding anniversary and while I knew I had taken lots of photographs of the actual function I had forgotten that earlier, between lunch and catching up with family news, I went for a quick walk around the town to find an ATM. Of course I had a camera…

The Cathedral of Saint Patrick and Saint Felim, also known as Cavan Cathedral, Ireland.
The Cathedral of Saint Patrick and Saint Felim, also known as Cavan Cathedral, Ireland.

 

Shoe repairs, Cavan, Ireland
Shoe repairs, Cavan, Ireland

 

Cavan signs
Cavan signs