Cape Clear is the most southerly island off the coast of Ireland, a little oasis of stunning landscapes and rare wildlife. Even whilst on the ferry trip across from Baltimore we were accompanied by sea birds and porpoise as we sailed around tiny islands and sheltered inlets. Cape Clear provided an ideal photographic destination with incredible sunsets set off by craggy cliffs, castle ruins and flowering sea pinks.
Following on from our adventures in snowy Boston early this year, I was lucky enough to be able to visit my fiancée in New Mexico where she was working for a few months on her PhD research. Just a fourteen hour trip to Albuquerque and I arrived to a very different landscape and whole new American experience.
Boston in January was always going to be a cold time of year, but with typical panache I happened to pick a particularly frosty period, during the January ‘snow bomb’! The temperature plummeted to -25°C which meant that spending over 20 minutes outside risked frostbite… but for those brief snippets of time between markets, museums and coffee shops, the city provided the most stunning scenes for photography.
One of my favourite aspects of living in Northern Ireland is the speed at which I can escape the city and lose myself exploring the coast, forests and mountains. The Mourne Mountains is a particular favourite place of mine to unwind (as you might have noticed from my Instagram posts!). With such a variety of peaks to climb, vistas to capture and with quickly changing weather the view is never quite the same.
A new feature for my journal, I will be picking favourite photos both new and old, and describing why I am particularly drawn to them, discussing composition, lighting and camera settings. For the first edition of this new feature I have selected a recent photo of feeding swallows taken at Oxford Island, Northern Ireland.
Berlin is one of my favourite city’s; a bustling metropolis, brimming with amazing places to eat, drink and explore. Due to the variety of buildings, parks and people it is also a photographer’s dream location, from the sobering Berlin Wall and poignant memorials to relaxing open parks and stunning modern architecture.
As regular readers of my blog will know, a large proportion of my photography focuses on marine landscapes, with my current personal project all about the interactions between People & the Sea (check out the gallery here!). A few months ago when I was researching an upcoming trip to Menorca, I spotted several shots of the island’s many lighthouses and as these prominent structures provide a very dramatic, physical reminder of our turbulent relationship with the sea, I had to add all seven of these to my photography hit list.
The Copelands are formed of three tiny islands off the coast of Northern Ireland, less than an hour’s drive from Belfast. These wild rocky outcrops provide the perfect habitat for an incredible variety of wildlife from puffins and shearwaters to seals and otters. The second largest, Lighthouse Island, once provided a hide out for smugglers sneaking spirits into Ireland, but now has a more respectable role, hosting researchers at the Copeland’s Bird Observatory since 1954. Recently I was lucky enough to cross the choppy waters to join a team of researchers and bird ringers to spend a weekend living the island life!
This weeks’ blog post is short and sweet. Ever since moving to Northern Ireland 5 years ago, I have been searching for signs of rare red squirrels. A chance mention of a wildlife haven near the Irish border lead us to a glen where tiny bluetits and brightly-coloured chaffinches can be hand-fed. While I was capturing the woodland scene, this curious squirrel found me…. what an incredible experience!
I was lucky enough to be able to spend Easter week travelling across the beautiful Spanish island of Menorca, a trip which provided some much-needed spring sunshine and some great photography opportunities. Aside from the stunning scenery, I also documented some of the unusual local traditions and festivities over the Easter weekend in Ciutadella.
Belfast is a fantastic base for photography, a vibrant city edging onto craggy mountains and the wild green Irish Sea. The Causeway Coastal Route (one of the most famous scenic drives in the world) begins right on our doorstep and so we have become regulars at the Giant’s Causeway, Ballintoy Harbour and Dunluce Castle. These sights provide fantastic locations for photographers, but this trip we decided to venture a little further northwards to find new gems along the coast!
Happy 2017! It’s all been a bit quiet on the blog front recently after a crazy Christmas season and time spent launching my gallery webpage specialising in fine art prints (please check it out at lawrenceeagling.co.uk and let me know what you think!) I am aiming to update the gallery regularly in the new year with new prints, specialising in landscape and wildlife photography.
Following on from the stunning mountains of Yosemite Valley our journey cut back to the coast and along to Monterey. We spent the week exploring the city, mostly in and around the fabulous Monterey Bay Aquarium (where my fiancée is working with the senior aquarists on ocean sunfish). During our visit we were lucky enough to spend a lot of time exploring the fascinating exhibits in the aquarium, which are both breathtakingly beautiful and jam-packed with information with a strong focus on conservation and animal welfare.
After the ancient forests and open ocean views of Route 1, our road cut inland across a set of low hills dotted with solar panels and avocado farms, leading into the heart of California. We crossed barren, windy deserts on seemingly unending dead-straight roads through the Eastern Sierra, past the mirror-like Mono Lake to visit the abandoned gold mining town Bodie where we camped overnight in a settle-styled canvas wagon!
Time for the second big trip of the year (see the Italian blogs…), exploring the sensational sights of California! Starting at sea lion-stuffed Santa Cruz, driving down Route 1 through redwood groves and heading inland from sunny Santa Barbara to Mojave. From this dusty town (with surprisingly shiny futuristic spaceport) we headed north up through the East Sierra to the abandoned gold mining town of Bodie, and the glorious Yosemite valley.
My most recent travels have been long overdue… despite living just across the Channel and a lover of café culture, I have never been to Paris! Fortunately, Paris is centrally located to almost all of my friends (who are now scattered across Europe), so we planned a long overdue reunion over a weekend in sunny Paris!
I recently returned from my two-month trip to the Ligurian coast in Italy, where I had set myself a task; to document the relationship between people (from local fishermen to holidaymakers) and the wild Mediterranean Sea. The final selection of photos from the project have kindly been accepted as a guest blog on the FujiLove website which can be viewed here: FujiLove blog.
This weekend I visited the Festival of Flight in Newcastle, County Down for the opportunity to capture some action shots from the spectacular aerobatic display! Battling the strong winds, we saw the Irish Search and Rescue helicopter team “rescue” people from the RNLI boat below, the ear-splitting Eurofighter Typhoon and breath-taking team acrobatics from the Ravens and the Red Arrows. The formation displays showcased a heart stopping combination of loops and rolls as they darted across the sky, a mere 6 feet between wingtips at speeds of 500 miles an hour!
I really enjoy photographing weddings, the knowledge that you are playing a small part in someone’s big day and recording the spontaneous little moments between the couple and their guests, makes me really passionate about wedding photography. I was honoured to be asked by one of my closest friends if I would be willing to take photos at his wedding, (not as the primary photographer as they wanted me as a guest!) but to supplement their wedding album with images of the grooms party in the morning whilst the other photographer was with the bride. It was a wonderful day, and also a great opportunity to blend into the background with my new inconspicuous camera.
In early July, the sleepy fishing town of Rapallo comes alive in a frenzy of activity, bedecked with glittering lights and street food stalls to celebrate the festival of its patron saint, Madonna di Montallegro. Of course this being Italy, nothing is done by halves and so the whole town celebrates the festival for 3 full days! The nightly firework displays are legendary, and after catching the occasional glimpse of shooting firecrackers over the hills on the first night of the festival, we simply had to go! The final day of the festival was an incredible sight; thousands of people lining the harbour and walking in procession to accompany large wooden crucifixes decorated in gold leaf being transported to the church by teams of men and boys.
Today’s blog post is a little different as I will be using timelapse photography to create a short film!
The video below is made up from 450 photos taken from three locations along the Ligurian coast focusing on the dynamic coastal landscape with sweeping clouds, rolling waves and even some ducks racing around the shore.
When I agreed to act as a summer field research assistant in Italy for my girlfriend, I imagined endless long hot days under a baking sun and bright blue sky… a postcard image shattered by the recent wild storms! Torrential rain with rolling thunder and strong winds has stopped any boat work, so when the storms finally subsided, I had a great chance to explore this week’s theme of reflections!
This will be the first in a series of blog posts focused on Italy, as I am lucky enough to be spending 8 weeks on the Ligurian coast helping my girlfriend with her fascinating PhD research on the Ocean Sunfish, check it out (sunfishresearch.wordpress.com). Aside from acting as a research assistant (and general dogsbody haha) this trip will also provide me with plenty of time to photograph the varied landscapes, people and wildlife unique to this corner of Italy. Of course this will also provide plenty of opportunity to play with my recently acquired Fuji X-Pro 2 and an inherited old medium format film camera.
Today’s blog post theme centres on lines and how they can act to draw the eye of observer or to fragment an image into a multiple-piece mosaic. When reading a recent Fujilove blog post about the importance of photographing the area where you live (fujilove.com/capturing-life-of-your-own-city/) I decided to try and capture a different angle of Belfast (pun intended!)
Following on from the last few posts which have been based on the wild coastline and white surf of the North Coast, this post will shift focus from sea level to the craggy peaks of the Mourne Mountains! Starting from the dunes at Murlough Bay, we drove through hail around to the back of the Mournes where we broke through into the sunshine. Walking up Slieve Loughshannagh provided an excellent view across the inner mountains, Lough Shannagh and Silent Valley. After a short break at the fantastic Maud’s cafe in Newcastle we visited the remains of Dundrum Castle for great views of the mountains in the setting sun.
Further landscape photos from last weekend’s trip to the North Coast featuring images from the Giant’s Causeway and Ballintoy Harbour around to Whitepark Bay. The next blog post will feature landscape photos from the Mourne Mountains, completing this journey from sea to sky. I hope you enjoy the pictures below and the ones from the previous part, and as usual if you have any comments or if you want to buy a print please feel free to get in touch via my email at firstname.lastname@example.org, Instagram @thewanderingeagle or Twitter @LawrenceEagling.
Northern Ireland is a wonderful, inspirational place to live as you are never far from the coast, mountains or city spires, providing every landscape for photography practise. This past weekend my girlfriend and I decided to visit the North Coast during a brief sunny spell of weather (albeit a tad blustery!). I have only recently begun to truly appreciate landscape photography, as previously I used to struggle carrying all my heavy equipment on long walks. However, now that is a thing of the past I am really learning a lot and enjoying the process, particularly developing a greater understanding of how to tweak lighting conditions using Lightroom, with recent inspiration from the fixelpix blog (www.flixelpix.com) and the Lightroom presets it provides.
Hello! Over the last four months I’ve been using the XT-1 with occasional referral back to my Nikon D700 for the telephoto lens; however, now I have invested in the Fuji XF 50-140 mm I am fully converted to Fuji!
Since buying into the Fujifilm X-series, I have only been on one dedicated equipment testing trip in Berlin. Since then brief day trips out have helped me practice and improve my technique. This past week I have been travelling around Norfolk, a beautiful county which provides ample opportunity for photographing diverse wildlife, open landscapes and stunning architecture. Prior to this trip, I invested in the Fuji 50-140 mm with the 1.4 teleconverter kit and the Samyang 12 mm lens to complete the set of lenses I need, and with perfect opportunity to test them all!
Another aspect of photography that I am particularly passionate about is portraiture. From simple static poses such as modelling, to capturing fleeting dynamic moments. I believe this is especially important in events, such as wedding photography, where so much emotion can be expressed in little fleeting moments that would otherwise go unmissed and unrecorded.