You would think that those running a business would know better, and you would think that such a business trying to make the most of our wonderful scenery would think twice before taking someone else’s image and using it for commercial purposes, but a local business has taken this image of the Mourne Mountains and used it on their own web site, Twitter and Facebook. The business, Enjoy the Mournes, knows how to contact me, and yet still chose to take the image and use it without permission or attribution. I’ll leave it up to you what to think of such a practice.
The Strangford Lough coast is one of my favourite haunts in Northern Ireland. I spent a lot of time motorbiking around here in my youth. One of the nice things about being at the bottom end of the Ards Peninsula is that you can see the sun setting at the top of the lough. This one was taken in June from Portaferry.
The sun was shining and the leaves were turning to gold, and deep in the bowels of Hesketh Park you could be standing in the middle of a watercolour painting with each leaf a brush stroke…
I do have a passion for minimalism and I love to ‘see’ this sort of image. I noticed the couple walking along the beach and waited until I could capture them without anyone else in the frame – the beach was almost empty, so it wasn’t difficult. I’ve done very little post processing on this image, it stands on it’s own merit as a minimal composition.