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Portmuck Island & The Milky Way

The Milky Way is something I've never attempted to photograph before, but with the recent push into aerial photography it seems only natural that I am looking to the skies a little more. As luck would have it the Milky Way was visible tonight, so I thought I'd give it a bash.

The first thing that has cropped up is like that scene in Jaws where Roy Scheider says "We're gonna need a bigger boat." Well - "I'm gonna need a wider lens!" That thing is massive. Trying to get a sense of the curvature of it on a 24mm lens is fairly much impossible. What I've ended up with is a shot with LOTS of stars, but no real clue as to the shape of the Milky Way.

For a first attempt it's not bad. Technically correct, but not composed as I would like. 5 out of 10 perhaps. I guess the trick will be to get smarter with the composition and shoot something that doesn't rely on getting the whole arc in shot. Thinking cap on...

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Murder Hole Beach, Donegal

This has been on my todo list for a very long time. Sitting near the northern most point of Ireland on the Fanad Peninsula, Murder Hole is an absolute paradise location. It is well hidden and with good reason.

 

I overheard a conversation in the local bar, 'The Singing Pub', about the landowner who's field you must cross to get to Murder Hole. It went along the lines of - tourists are wrecking all his fences in their attempts to access varying points of the beach, so he intends to put a walkway across his field to stop all of this. He will charge people for access and I am of the opinion that this is more than justified. He was rumoured to have been approached by Disney for them to use Murder Hole as a filming location - he said no. Good call. All you have to do is look at the many examples of beauty spots in Ireland that have been ruined by reckless tourists. - The Dark Hedges is a prime example of what happens...

I realise the irony of posting this picture.

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Freckle Magazine is a publication that is a very welcome sight in Northern Ireland. It embraces the values of slow journalism, concentrating on positivity and creativity. All the contributors work on a voluntary basis and do so for the love of creating something that will have a positive effect on readers.

Alasdair completed his first assignment for them towards the end of 2017. It was about a fiddle maker in Belfast called Aiden.

























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Half a Ferris Wheel

Something I have never seen before in all my 46 years on this planet is half a Ferris Wheel. The Fair in Carrickfergus left town early either because of the weather or poor attendance, but this was a fairly sorry sight when I came across it, apart from it looking quite eerily beautiful.

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Just back from an epic whistle stop tour of Scotland doing some aerial surveys, and managed to stop for 15 minutes at this wonderful viewpoint in Largs.

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To celebrate the addition of a Fuji XT2 camera to the fold, I have been photographing places I love whilst the thunder clouds have been rolling through. It's a big change from the Nikon and much more fun.

Redburn Country Park

Redburn Country Park

Cairncastle Hills

Tyrella Beach

Glenarm Forest

View from Knockagh Monument

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On an early morning shoot in Belfast for a client and decided to try out a 360 degree aerial from the Inspire 1. 

Belfast 360 degree Aerial

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Some of a new selection of prints for sale locally



















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I took a trip to Donegal in search of a secret cave this weekend. The weather closed in and that was the end of that big idea as the cave is apparently only accessible at low tide. Not a wasted journey though as I got a couple of shots along the scenic drive route that I otherwise wouldn't have. On top of that I managed to find the access point to the secret cave. It's all gone a bit Scooby Doo!

There was so much rain and wind that I felt like I had the whole of Donegal to myself. There was no one out at all...

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We supplied aerial film for a newly released Invest NI TV Advert. Below is a slideshow of some of our work around Belfast and Londonderry. Carefully planned inner city drone flight was essential to comply with congestion laws. For the full ad, see the video below the slideshow.





Northern Ireland offers altogether more for business | TV advert | March 2016 - YouTube
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