Rough Island

A gentle walk last night prompted me to write this short blog about Island Hill, or to be more precise about Rough Island, a small island of approximately 7 acres, which can be accessed via a causeway at low tide just outside Comber.

Rough Island, which sounds like something from Treasure Island, was inhabited up until the early part of the 1900’s. The remains of the old farm cottage and its orchard can still be seen. Farming ceased on the island completely in the 1950s and the island has reverted to  bramble and hawthorn. It is now owned and maintained by Ards Borough Council.

The causeway usually only remains submerged for around an hour at high tide but this can be affected by the weather and the time of year. The walk across the causeway and around the island takes around ¾ of an hour and provides a wonderful views of this part of Strangford Lough.

A couple of photographs taken yesterday:

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The Zone System

For this blog I am going back to the last image I exposed this month, its the same location as that featured in my last blog, Strangford Co Down.  But this time I want to look at a more technical aspect of photography; the zone system!

I read in a blog recently “f/8 and be there”, meaning that at f8 you don’t need to prefocus if you use the zone system.  The image featured below was exposed at f8.  My purpose was to follow the footpath right into the distance.  Its not a brilliant image in terms of composition, but it does have excellent depth of field.  By choosing f8 I was assured of capturing a wide depth of field thereby avoiding the need to focus carefully, useful when you need speed to capture the moment.

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In this case I merely focused about one third into the distance down the footpath and to illustrate the clarity achieved I have copied a cropped section of the above image below as follows.  Notice the detail captured in what is a very small portion of the overall frame.

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I was using a 35mm 1.4 lens at f8 and it gave me sharpness across a broad depth of field. I never cease to be amazed at the clarity produced by the Fujifilm X Pro 1.  The Zone System was formulated by the famous American landscape photographer Ansel Adams, its worth Googling the zone system for a more technical explanation.

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Strangford in winter?

January is a time when some put their cameras away during the depths of winter.  Yet this month started off with severe storms followed with lots of rain and interspersed with the very occasional sunny day.  Today was one of these occasional sunny days when I visited Strangford town.

On a good summer’s day Strangford is a place to be avoided due to sightseers and busy narrow roads.  But the height of winter is very quiet and if its a nice day its perfect for a few seeking out a few shots.  Winter sun in mid afternoon produces a gentle warming of colours and soft shadows – great for photography.

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Hard to believe that these images were taken in the second half of January.  Images captured with a Fujifilm X Pro 1.4mm f1.4 lens.

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