Foggy Bangor

You come to Ireland for the friendly people, the scenery, the craic, the food, the Guinness. You don’t come for the weather.

These images show a misty afternoon in Bangor when the temperature was around 4C. The newspapers often feature weather pictures so these three along with others were sent to Alamy Live News. If any are used I’ll post them.

Bangor mist
People on the promenade on a foggy afternoon


Mist on the Marina
Mist Marina


Eisenhower Pier

Belfast Cathedral

In a previous post I said that most photographs of Writers’ Square are taken with St. Anne’s Cathedral in the background. This is a photograph of the Cathedral without Writers’ Square in the foreground.

Photographing the Cathedral from the Square gives a straight on front view. There is no parking permitted in front of the church but parking is allowed on the opposite side of the street. This, along with one or two streetlamps on that side, makes for a messy image.

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


This photograph was taken from the side of the Cathedral with a 24mm equivalent lens. I was able to stand on the road and although there is some distortion it gives an uninterrupted view. The bright winter sunshine warmed the stone, revealing the texture. I returned a couple of hours later but the sun was lower in the sky and the buildings at the rear of Writers’ Square are casting a shadow on the Cathedral.

I had intended to convert this image to black and white (I still do) but I haven’t been able to get it just right so far. When I get it right I’ll post it.

The DIY Route

Since leaving Photoshelter I’ve been looking at similar but less comprehensive, less expensive alternatives.

I tried Lightrocket and at first thought it would be a reasonably good fit. Unfortunately it wasn’t.

I’ve looked at both Smugmug and Zenfolio. Zenfolio is around the same cost as Photoshelter for what I would want, while Smugmug is cheaper.

Thinking on the inconvenience and the time spent when I withdrew from Photoshelter I’ve decided to regain control and attempt to administer my own site.

To do this while keeping it simple I’m thinking of using WordPress. I’ve looked at a few photographer’s sites based on it and I’m impressed.

The DIY route  is a lot less expensive and the site will have that independent feel that sites on Smugmug/Zenfolio or others never seem to manage.

It looks like this site is going to be a work in progress for longer than I originally thought!

Writers’ Square

Writers’ Square is opposite St. Anne’s Cathedral in Belfast. The Square can be difficult to photograph as there’s often something going on there and when there’s something going on there’s usually safety barriers all over the place. At the time of writing there’s a circus in the Square.

This photograph was taken in November. I’m showing it in both colour and black and white because I can’t decide what one is best. Unusually for me I’m leaning towards the colour image! I’ve asked a number of people but opinion is roughly evenly split.

Usually the Square is photographed with the Cathedral in the background. This photograph was taken facing in the opposite direction to include the words inlaid into the stone and the sun setting over the buildings in the background.


Click on an image to enlarge.

Writers Square, Belfast
Writers’ Square, Belfast. Writers Square is opposite St. Anne’s Cathedral


Writers Square, Belfast
Writers’ Square, Belfast. Writers Square is opposite St. Anne’s Cathedral

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The way forward?

I haven’t posted for a while.

I had originally intended that this would be the final post on but as the changes I had to make were more far reaching than I had hoped I decided to do an edit and make it the first post here.

I’ve made some changes that will impact on the operation of my previous site, the main issue being cancellation of my Photoshelter subscription. This means that links from the site to images or galleries on Photoshelter no longer work. Photoshelter is an excellent service but more than I needed.

There was no way, that I could think of, to fix this without spending considerably more time and effort than I can justify just now and the thought of a new start with a new site also appealed. So here we are!

I’m in the process of moving images from Photoshelter to somewhere else. I’m looking at options and although Smugmug looks good I haven’t decided yet.

I still submit most images to Alamy and some to Age. Recently I’ve started to submit photographs to Picfair, mainly prompted by their royalty commissions and ease of uploading. They allow you to set your own prices and add 20% commission. I haven’t made any sales yet but it’s very much early days and a company that gives the photographer most of any image royalty received deserves support. I also sell prints from Fine Art America.

I’m looking at adding other outlets as people more knowledgeable than me advise selling through as many sites as possible.

I hope be able, to some degree, to index or connect my images Fine Art America and wherever else I decide to this site. For me it’s a daunting task. I’m in the process of researching and planning it but I’m not sure as yet what way it will develop, if ever. Its something to be worked on during the winter evenings.

I’ve been shooting some video clips and having modest success. As more and more news and information move from print to online delivery and internet speeds increase it seems the sensible thing to do. Its a big change from shooting stills and I’ve had to learn new skills but Its early days and I’m learning as I go. I’ve been encouraged with a few sales.

I was told when I started with video that if I went somewhere intending to shoot video then I would find it difficult to shoot stills. I doubted this and had visions of happily alternating between the two both but I was wrong. I’ve found I usually shoot either one or the other.


My Pixels -Fine Art America site is here.


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