This weeks photograph is taken at Castle Espie a WWT reserve here in Northern Ireland. It sit’s on the shore of Strangford lough, which is a sea lough on the east side of the country close to the town of Comber. The reserve was the site of the old Castle Espie brick and pottery factory. This photograph was take from the Lime Kiln Observatory which is built on top of the old lime kiln’s.
Well it is here in Ireland at this moment in time. Raining here for a few hours and no sign of it letting up. Took this shot from my room window of a car roof covered in water droplets. Taken with a telephoto lens and chopped to size in processing.
The car was dark blue and the droplets reflected its colour but I liked it better in Black & white.
Woke this morning to the rising sun hitting the bedroom window, one look and I and my old pal where quick to get outside. I was setting up the tripod just has the last of the mist was kissing the lough surface. I took these with a 70- 300 telephoto lens, bracketing some of them and editing them in HDR Efex Pro. With the mist and a hoar frost coating the foliage it was a beautiful morning to be out. My old pal enjoyed following whatever scents and trails he was came across. Exploring the world by his nose like dogs do.
Since I’m on the road early in the morning which means it’s still dark and there’s little or no people about. I set up my tripod on the path on the other side of the River Lagan to capture the lights and also the weir on the river. The Island art centre is in Lisburn in county Antrim, Northern Ireland. This part of the river is where the coal barge’s use to bring coal into the city from Belfast. There are no boats on the river now but the tow path that runs along it’s length to Belfast is now a walk/cycle path. It covers around 13 mile and takes in the Lagan valley regional park.
Had this shot in my head for a while and with dusk dropping in and the light reflecting on the lough I had to stop. When there is no breeze the loughs turn to mirrors for a short time every evening and you can just see it starting here on the water.