All Saints’ Eve

While visiting Hillsborough in Co Down I came across this florist shop at the bottom of the main street and thought it provided a colourful display in the lead up to halloween, sometimes referred to as All Hallows’ Eve or All Saints’ Eve.  A colleague went in to the shop and asked the shop assistant to pose for me as I dodged traffic in the middle of the road.

Bradley-5012This got me thinking about Halloween!  The feast of All Saints was a yearly celebration observed in a number of countries on 1 November, the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead and all the faithful departed believers.

The camera settings were simple, Fujifilm X-T1 in manual mode, 400iso, f5.6, 1/125 second.  The camera was fitted with a 23mm f1.4 lens, equivalent to 35mm.

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Queen Elizabeth II Visits Stormont Estate, Belfast

When planning to take photographs at a public event it is always a dilemma to decide what gear to bring, a telephoto lens, wide angle lens, both!  On this occasion I took just one lens a 24 to 70mm.  This ruled out tight closeup shots for which a telephoto lens would be required, so the alternative is to capture the mood and feel of the occasion using the wider angle lens.

With both the security barriers and the large crowds moving around freely is not so easy so it was best just to pick a spot where you knew the Queen’s car would pass and stay there.  The following images resulted,  I hope the pictures below tell the story!

A Lambeg Drummer among the crowds as they arrive.

Waiting for the Queen to arrive!

These children arrived from a local primary school.

Police taking up position indicate it won't be long!

Police taking up position indicate it won’t be long!

The crowd behind stretches back to Parliament Buildings

The crowd behind stretches back to Parliament Buildings

Security is well managed

The Queen's visit to Stormont Estate

The Queen’s open top vehicle arrives

Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh

The car stops at Carson's Statue

The Queen stops for a walk about.

The crowd leaving the Stormont Estate

The crowd leaving the Stormont Estate after the Queen’s visit.

All too quickly the visit is over.

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Diamond Jubilee Beacon at Scrabo Tower Newtownards

Tonight the Major of Ards Borough Council lit one of the official beacons in Northern Ireland to mark the Queen’s diamond jubilee.  The site of the beacon was Scrabo Hill, the highest ground from where the coast of Scotland, England and the Isle of Man can be seen.

I arrived just as the beacon was about to be erected in preparation for lighting at precisely 10.20pm.  The failing light would provide a photographic challenge, so to compensate for this I raised the ISO setting, selected a wide aperture and slow shutter speed.  The following images record the event.

Following the lighting of the beacon those present spontaneously sang the National Anthem.

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Celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

With Diamond Jubilee celebrations taking over television coverage this week end I was interested to see how individual communities were marking this significant event in our national history.  I have chosen just a few images, the first of Lisburn City Council offices who have decided to mark the celebration with a huge banner mounted on the building.

Diamond Jubilee Decorations at Lisburn Council Offices

Earlier I was driving through east Belfast and came across individual houses and side streets where the local residents marked the diamond jubilee in their own way.  The following image was taken in Isoline Street, Belfast.  There is no mistaking the Royalist household in this terrace!

Diamond Jubilee Decorations, Isoline St, Belfast

A short distance away I came across Mayflower Street to find residents in the process of decorating their street.

Diamond Jubilee Decorations, Mayflower St, Belfast

The man up a ladder was fitting a metal flag holder to the wall of a neighbour’s house.  I had a quick chat with him and he pointed out his own house, shown below.

Mayflower St, Belfast

Hopefully I will gather more photographs over the extended holiday weekend and report back.

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