Look To The North: New Adventures Along The North Coast by Lawrence Eagling

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!

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New Year, New Photography by Lawrence Eagling

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.

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Californian Dreaming Part 3: Marine Life, Monterey Bay And San Francisco by Lawrence Eagling

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.

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California Dreaming Part 2: Sand, Gold & Yosemite by Lawrence Eagling

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!

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Californian Dreaming: Part 1 – Route 1 by Lawrence Eagling

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.

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Paris in the Summertime by Lawrence Eagling

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!

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People and the Sea by Lawrence Eagling

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.

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Festival of Flight – Action Shots by Lawrence Eagling

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!

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Tom & Heidi – A Picture Perfect Wedding by Lawrence Eagling

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.

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Firework Festival: Rapallo by Lawrence Eagling

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.

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