This was a first for me as I was a student and learning from Steven Hanna who is a great landscape photographer. This workshop was for Engage Live an online photography training company set up by Donal Doherty. It was an early start as I had to leave Newtownards at 02.30am to make my way to the first location. I arrived at Ballintoy Harbour at 04:00am where I met Donal and Steven. While we were getting our camera gear ready for the first shoot we were joined by Billy and Joel who were doing the filming for the workshop. We were getting set up for a few sunrise shots, although after a few days of great weather the clouds had moved in. We were able to get a few shots at the Harbour which has been made a focus point of the North Coast by the hit TV series 'Game Of Thrones'.
After this we headed to Murlough Bay at Ballycastle. With its stunning views over the bay, Fair Head and across to Scotland. We did a small bit of rock climbing to get to the first spot which was on top of a large rock so we could get the sea shot with Fair Head in the background. This was another great location with stunning views which was again used in the Game of Thrones series. After we had finished our shoot at Murlough Bay we made the short trip back into Ballycastle for a much needed lovely breakfast.
When we all had been fed and watered we went around to Carnlough and to the beautiful Cranny Falls. When we got to the viewing platform there was a bit more climbing as we made our way down to the river so that we could get an alternative perspective to the waterfall. This location was very interesting as I have shot a few waterfalls before and before learning the skills and techniques which Steven uses when shooting waterfalls.
Our last and final location for the day was a short distance from Ballintoy where we first started filming for the workshop. From the Giant's Causeway we made the short walk around to Portcoon and it's old jetty. At this location we tried out the little and big stoppers so we could get some long exposures. After a few shots here we went further around the cliff path to take our last few shots of the day. We went over to the edge of the cliff for a long exposure of the stunning cliffs heading back towards the Giant's Causeway.A fantastic day spent with Steven making the most of his vast photographic knowledge and getting some great shots of the stunning North Coast. Also a special thanks to the Engage Live and Donal for giving me the opportunity to take part in this fantastic course and I am looking forward to seeing the final video. To see the video in full visit http://engagelive.co/
Murlough bay looking back towards Fair Head
Coastal cliff path