Glenoe | Country Antrim, United Kingdom

A few weeks ago, I went back to Belfast, Northern Ireland, to see...
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Glenoe | Country Antrim, United Kingdom

A few weeks ago, I went back to Belfast, Northern Ireland, to see my friends and family (and for a shoot for Guardian Travel). One day, I decided to research some locations and I found out about this waterfall about 30 mins drive from my house. No-one I talked to had really heard of it! Well, here is Glenoe Waterfall, between Larne and Carrickfergus.

It was sunny, but raining and I couldn't get the composition I wanted from the edge, so I rolled up my jeans, took off my shoes and socks and waded through the river for about an hour. It was pretty cold and painful, and I kept getting splashes of water on the lens from being so low to the river, but I think it was worth it.
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13 Comments | Report
Witmar February 23, 2017
beautiful picture
bathsalt February 24, 2017
Amazing photo!!
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Paulacook144 April 20, 2017
Beautiful shot. The only comment I can make is to crop out the bright light at the top because your eye keeps on going to it and away from the main subject. Try and let me know what you think.
JonBerndtPhotography April 20, 2017
Gorgeous capture of water, rock, and light. I've seen (and made) a lot of waterfall shots. This one is really unique. And I love the green moss. Must have been a beautiful experience! Wonderful!
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andrewstuder May 16, 2017
Great processing! Love the sharpness of the foreground flow and how you worked with the light beams. Such a great image all around!
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Smert August 27, 2017
Great wee shot
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Behind The Lens

This was taken about 30 mins drive from my house in Belfast, Northern Ireland. I was bored one day, wanted to explore the area, and found this amazing waterfall!
This photograph was taken during the afternoon. The weather was quite variable and it was more of a scouting trip, as it was my first visit to this location. Normally I'd shoot at sunrise or sunset, but I was at the mercy of the weather this day and took advantage of any clear spells.
The high afternoon sun actually helped with this photograph, as it was able to peek in amongst the trees surrounding the waterfall. It was an overcast day and mostly raining, and the sun would intermittently burst through the clouds with some amazing crepuscular rays.
I shot this on my Nikon D810, mounted on my 3 Legged Thing tripod. I used a Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8 lens, shot at 24m.
I know that Northern Ireland has some amazing landscapes, and I really wanted to find a new waterfall. I found this National Trust location online and did some research on Google maps. There weren't a huge number of professional photos of this waterfall, so I thought I'd try my luck. When I was there, it was just to check out the location. The light and the greens of the moss were all looking great, so I started shooting. The best angle was actually in the water, so I took my shoes off, rolled up my jeans and started wading through the freezing water.
I did quite a lot of work with this image. It's actually several images, blended into one. The foreground is a lower angle of the river (a few inches from the surface) and shot at a slightly faster shutter speed to give more texture and detail of the water flow over the rock. The main image of the waterfall is from a standing position and a longer shutter speed to give a smooth effect to the falling water. I also shot a higher ISO, much faster shutter speed image to make sure the leaves in the trees were not blurred by the wind.
In my camera bag
Over the years, I have settled on my ideal pieces of kit. I shoot with a Nikon D810, with a D7000 as a backup camera. My lenses are Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8, Nikkor 28-300mm, Nikkor 50mm f/1.4, Nikkor 85mm f/1.8, Irix 15mm f/2.4 and a Sigma 150-500mm. I use a 3 Legged Thing tripod, with a Really Right Stuff L bracket and Peak Design strap and Capture Clip. Filter-wise, I use Fotodiox Wonderpana and Lucriot / Formatt Hitech neutral density filters. I also have a DJI Mavic drone for photos and video.
To capture this image, I had to roll up my trousers and wade into the cold water and over the painful rocks. Often to get a good landscape photograph, you just have to be willing to go beyond what the average person would be comfortable doing; whether that is waking through water or getting up at 04:00 for sunrise. Getting to the right place at the right time is the best thing you can do. It also helps to study the scene, take a number of test compositions, and then build up a vision of what you want to show in your final image.

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