One thing I’ve found in my brief time living ‘back home’ is that the character of Lough Neagh seems to change with the weather. It can be windswept with waves or flat calm and overcast. Today was a calm day, with a few ripples, but plenty of cloud – the ideal day for a big stopper long exposure. As I was taking the shots the sun deigned to shine through the clouds, resulting in some wonderful rays beaming down from above.
This photo was taken at Lough Shore Park in Antrim.
As you can see from many of my photos, one of the things I like to do is take images that have no definite focal point. I think there’s a calmness about this sort of image that makes it less striking at first glance, but much more restful in the long term and something that you can grow familiar with, just as you would with the view out of a window. It’s the sort of thing I’d like to hang on my wall.
This shot was taken at the top of Lough Neagh at Antrim’s Lough Shore Park. The water was calm and the sky was soft and subtle. The whole package was restful to watch, and I think this image captures something of how I felt looking out along the lough.
In stark contrast to my first visit to Lough Shore Park in Antrim, the second visit came with a flat calm lough. The midday light was diffused through the clouds and the atmosphere was serene.
There’s a wonderful sense of space looking down the lough and the light seems to change with every visit. I’m looking forward to capturing a sunset or two by the water.
Now that I’ve begun to get to grips with the new job, the return to Northern Ireland and the cold weather I actually managed to get out and about at lunch time the other day and grab a few shots of Antrim Technology Park where I’m now working. The building in the picture is the office of Nitec Solutions where I am now a part of the team. The environment is wonderful, and the views out of the office window are well worth stopping and looking at – when you need a rest from the computer screen. This shot is taken from slightly above the office, looking down towards the trees. There was just enough snow on the ground to add some interest to the image.
Well, it’s been quite a while since I’ve been able to take photos, what with the job change, the country change and all the associated hassle, and being the other side of the Irish Sea from my loved ones, but I managed to stumble upon the Lough Shore Park in Antrim at lunch time and braved the bitter wind to take a few shots. Here’s one…