Sunny Saturday

Another Saturday in Belfast and the sun came out.

These photographs are of a Right to Food Rally at the City Hall on 23rd September. The rally was to mark Right to Food Week and joined campaigners in London and Liverpool.

The event was organised by Foodstock founder, SDLP Councillor, Paul Doherty.

Photography is about the light. Imagine these photographs on an overcast day, without the backlight and shadows. They simply wouldn’t have the same impact.

Right to Food Rally
Right to Food Rally at Belfast City Hall
Right to Food Rally at Belfast City Hall
Right to Food Rally at Belfast City Hall
Amnesty International and The Peoples Kitchen rally at Belfast City Hall
Right to Food Rally at Belfast City Hall
Right to Food Rally at Belfast City Hall
Right to Food Rally at Belfast City Hall

Saturday in Belfast

Cenotaph, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Zero Emissions, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Zero Emissions, Belfast, Northern Ireland

The Dirty Onion, Belfast
The Dirty Onion, Belfast

Airport Bus
Airport Bus, Belfast

City Tours Belfast
Belfast Bus Tour, Northern Ireland

I often go to Belfast on Saturday. The walking keeps me fit and I get the opportunity to take photographs, mainly for licencing.

These images were taken with a Fuji X100. The original Fuji X 100 – 12 megapixels and a 23mm lens (equivalent to about 35mm full frame). They’re up to the MK V now.

I bought my Fuji in April 2012 – I checked. I knew I’d had it for a while but I didn’t expect it to have been 11 years.

Still going strong and I love using it.

Clouds and Crops

Wind turbine with field of crops in foreground

This photograph was taken not far from Quintin Castle on the Ards Peninsula. The golden field with the wind turbine in the distance attracted my attention.

The wind turbine is not sharp as there is heat haze rising from the field. The strange shaped cloud came from low on the left and disappeared quite quickly.

Rain is Coming

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 didn’t make it back to the car in time.

How much is too much?

White Park Bay, Antrim Coast, Northern Ireland

Strangford Lough, County Down, Northern Ireland with Scrabo Hill in the distance. Sunbeams are breaking through the clouds

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.

How much is too much?

Lots of Cranes

Cranes, Samson and Goliath at Harland and Wolff Shipyard, Belfast, Northern Ireland

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.