Brownlow House Revisited

August 22, 2017 Portraits  No comments

Brownlow House, or as it's also known to the locals Lurgan Castle is an imposing building situated just a few minutes walk from Lurgan town centre. It commands a stunning view across Lurgan Park and lake. 

It's an absolutely gorgeous location for a photoshoot and when I asked fellow photographer and friend Nigel Fleming if he wanted to join me he was more than happy to do so. 

The shoot was planned for Monday and arriving at the house just before 10:00 with my wife Aine it was time for a lovely cup of tea in the Tea Room.  Nigel and our model for the day, Chloe, soon arrived and joined us for a cuppa.

With some many rooms and locations in the House it's sometimes difficult to decide where to start. As it was still early we decided to start outside before the sun

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High Speed Sync Flash

July 16, 2017 Portraits  No comments

When using any kind of flash the shutter speed you can use is restricted to the maximum sync speed of your camera. Mine is 1/250s so I can't shoot any faster than this or else a black bar will appear over the image. To get around this I purchased a Godox XT32C 2.4G Wireless trigger for my Godox flash. This would allow me to sync with the flash at speeds up to 1/8000s.

Why use a higher shutter speed with flash? Using a higher shutter speed allows you to shoot in to very bright scenes e.g. a bright sky, sunrise or sunset. It's also allows you to use a smaller aperture, for example f2.8, to give a nice blurred background.

There have been a couple of really lovely evenings recently so I asked my son Cohan to help me test my new equipment. It took a little persuasion but he agreed.

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Lauren, Armagh Rose of Tralee Hopeful

May 20, 2017 Portraits  No comments

A few weeks ago I had the privilege of shooting Lauren Carberry O'Neill who will be representing Mickey Kellys Bar Armagh in this years Rose of Tralee Armagh Heat. She is a family friend and my wife Aine initially contacted her to ask if she'd be interested in a photoshoot, she jumped at the chance.

At the time we were have great weather, warm and sunny so I suggested an evening shoot in Lurgan Park. This was suggested on Saturday and come Monday we were walking through the Park looking for locations. Lurgan Park is such a great place that it didn't take look to find a multitude of locations. 

With gorgeous light we were able to take some natural light shots as well as some with off-camera flash. As the light was dropping I suggested another location just on

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Kernan Aviation

April 9, 2017 Aviation  No comments

I've been an aviation enthusiast for the best part of 40 years and last Sunday I visited one of the closest airstrips to me for the first time. Unbelievable I know. It was Kernan Aviation and it located between Portadown and Tandragee. It's one of those 'blink and you'll miss it' places. In fact even though there's a sign directing you to it I missed the very last turn and had to do a 180.

The airstrip itself is hidden away in the countryside and I was surprised to find that I had to use my 'Green Cross Code'. I had to cross the runway to get to the club house so had to look both ways for approaching aircraft. Once in the clubhouse I introduced myself and asked if it would be okay to take some photos. I was welcomed with quite a few smiles and told to work away. 

I had my son

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Natural Light at Parkanaur Manor House

March 11, 2017 Portraits  No comments

On the 19th of last month I was lucky enough to help out fellow photographer and friend Nigel Fleming with one of his lighting workshops. This one was held in the splendour of Parknanaur Manor House just outside Dungannon.  I've helped Nigel on a number of occasions and my job on the day is to help with the lighting equipment, setups, etc. Occasionally I do get to shoot off a few frames when the other photographers have finished. 

On this particular day one of the models was someone I haven't shot before, Patrice. I only managed a few shots of her and the majority of them were taken in available light, no flash used. Parknanaur has a couple of very large windows that just lend themselves perfectly for natural light photography.

These were taken while Patrice was seated on

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Lanzarote Airport

February 5, 2017 AviationLandscapes  No comments

January saw my wife and I taking a week long holiday to Lanzarote, some winter sun was very much in need. As it would happen the airport was a short 10 minutes walk from our hotel so it would have been sinful not to make a trip to it at least once, or twice :)

There may be more areas to photograph this airport but the two I have found are just at the approach lights at the start of runway 03 and just up the hill from this location. At the approach lights it is quite possible to photograph with a wide angle lens and still get superb images. From the hill you can see on to the taxi way to 03 but need a longer lens to photograph the aircraft.

The best time to shoot, I found, was in the hour before the sun set. With the clouds and the setting sun the scene couldn't have been any better.

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