Autumn around County Down

I’m a bit late putting these up as Winter is well and truly upon us but having found them on my camera I thought Id stick them here as a reminder of Autumn 2016 which has left us for ever.

Picture 1: Queens University Belfast, Picture 2: The Ulster Museum (Botanic Gardens), Picture 3: Palm House (Botanic Gardens).

 

Picture 1: Tree shadows in Botanic Gardens, Picture 2: Yellow tree at Queens University Belfast.

 

Holywood, County Down. Looking over Belfast Lough just after an Autumn sunset.

 

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A burst of yellow @ Ballymenoch Park, Holywood, Autumn 2016

Heres to a Happy New Year 2015

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Just a quick post to wish all a great 2015. Let’s hope it’s a year of wonderful photo opportunities and lucky snaps. I’d just like to reiterate that all the pictures on this site have been (and always will be) taken with a compact camera, which I hope will act as an encouragement for others to get out there and have a go too. Yes, we’ve all marvelled at the reams of webpages displaying those fantastic shots taken with professional and/or expensive DSLR cameras, but the technology now has advanced so much that you can get amazing pictures from something you can easily fit in your pocket.

Many may feel discouraged seeing professionally created pictures because they end up thinking they could never produce anything close to them – which just isn’t true. Just learning how to compose a photo puts you 75% of the way there to creating a stunning image, and trial and error is a great way to do this. A simple question to ask yourself when taking a picture is “would I (or anyone else) really want to look at this photo again once I take it” – if the answer seems to be yes, then maybe you’re onto something. If not, then don’t bother. For most of the pictures here the only editing done was a bit of cropping and a bit of lightening, that’s about it. I am not, or ever have been, anything more than an amateur at taking photos. I had a DSLR for some time myself, and I just couldn’t be bothered lumping it around any longer with it’s various attachments and fear of damage (most want to enjoy their travels without carting luggage). I find taking pictures much more pleasant now, and buying the best compact you can afford will improve your output vastly. By all means start off using the “intelligent” mode (the auto settings) on your camera, but advance then over time to setting your own. Many compacts now come with the ability to go totally manual if you’re up to that (with even a control ring for manual focussing on subjects). So the snobbery around the assumed necessity of carrying a huge lump of glass and metal is fading fast. Compact sensors are getting bigger and bigger, technology is getting smaller and smaller, so maybe one day all cameras will fit in your coat pocket. That would be cool.  🙂

Anyway, have a great new year, and whatever troubles 2014 dealt you I hope those died with the dawn of 2015. Things can only get better. 😀