Friday, 15 January 2010

A day in the park

Well exams are done, and with any luck I won't be doing any more in the near future!

Enjoying my newly found freedom from the daily grind of studying, I had a pretty laxed morning before spending the rest of the day in my local park, Crawfordsburn Country Park. It’s a brilliant wee park, with streams running throughout, a nice waterfall and some of the best beaches in Northern Ireland. It’s also perfect for amateur photographers that are trying out long exposures with the tripod they got for Christmas but haven't had a chance to play with, i.e. me.

Going out after lunch, I ended up witling the rest of the day away; with the return walk talking place in the dark. Getting to grips with the Benbo trekker tripod, which I was warned can be like wrestling with an octopus, and then playing with the aperture and shutter settings was entertaining enough for me to lose 4 hours behind the tripod.

Below are some of the afternoons produce, plenty others on the hard drive, but they might need a bit of editing which I can’t be bothered with at the moment. Hopefully make it as far as the beach next time!














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sbrt said...

Good to see some snow free photos for a change.

Niall Quinn said...

Aww I saw waterfall and thought you meant something big enough to get a boat down :-(
Nice pics though.

Keith said...

Stephen, I'd like it to still be here to be honest. However, it's just my luck for all the snow to dissapear when I actually have the time to enjoy it and take some photos!

Niall, I think you would be in a bit of trouble if you tried to go down Crawford's Burn in a kayak, however no doubt you might try it. Oh aye and cheers, the DSLR has been feeling a bit neglected, its only right it gets some action.

GeoffC said...

Great photos, you are lucky to have a park like that close by. I gave up on tripods when out backpacking, too much fiddling, but they certainly come into their own on a walk like that.

Mac E said...

Great shots, the last 2 being my favourites with maybe the moss covered stone topping it. Very nicely exposed too.

Hendrik M said...

Splendid photos Keith. Sadly most of the water is covered in a thick layer of ice here, so no testing long exposures with water for me at the moment, but hopefully in the spring.

And I agree, its nice to see some snow free photos =)

Wandering Photographer said...

The tripod! A sadly maligned piece of kit in the public's mind, but so essential at times. Good set of images Keith, strangely my favourite is actually the tree!

Keith said...

Cheers Geoff, bringing a tripod with you certainly changes the dynamics of a walk, very different to just having a camera with you. The tripods first taste of the mountains might come this weekend all being well, hopefully I won't fall out with it!

Cheers Richard, the last two were some of the last photos to be taken, so have the longest exposures of the set, which I think helps a bit. Nothing like standing in the middle of a river on a tiny bit of rock at twilight to get some strange looks.

Thanks Hendrik. Maybe we should swap weather systems? I wouldn't mind having another month of snow and ice to play in at all! However, here in Northern Ireland, we only ever have it for a week at a time :(

Cheers Simon, it's a very useful piece of kit. Next on the shopping list are a couple of filters a remote and maybe a zoom lens.

Stuart Brown said...

Loving the moss covered rock, I have fond memories of Crawfordsburn Country Park, drunken or otherwise!!

Keith said...

Hey Stuart, might have had similar experiences in Crawforsburn park once upon a time :)

Dan said...

Excellent post. My cousin recommended this blog and she was totally right keep up the fantastic work! the photos are very interesting especially the last one. I love watching water falls a lot.