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Bride and Groom – sneek peek of a wedding

A couple of weeks ago I had the privilege of photographing the wedding of Matthew and Caroline in Northern Ireland. The wedding service was in county Down and the reception was held in the Carrickdale hotel. This photograph was taken in the gardens of the hotel late in the afternoon.

I will be blogging more of this wedding later but this photograph is just a sneek peek!

Bride and groom at wedding reception gardens

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Royalty comes to our village

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall came to the historic village of Gracehill today. Now living here does not usually involve visits of this nature so nothing else for it – grab camera and go. Gracehill village is one of only a few completely original Moravian villages and over the last couple of years it managed to attract heritage funding to restore the old school house. Hense the reason for the royal visit. The sun shone and the crowds came out to greet our guests who visited the old school house, the Moravian church and other scheduled appointments.

If there was a down side I suppose the waiting was inevitable and the distance from the opening of the visit was obscured by the press and security gang. In saying that the police were courteous and accomodating anf the royal couple did do the rounds with patience and grace.

Some photographs from the day taken from behind the crowd barrier to follow.

The first view is of the press and security

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I did say Gracehill was a historic village. We don’t still dress like this!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ah here they come.

Prince Charles waving to the crowd

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spot the press photographer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Montgomery Street, Gracehill

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meeting and greeting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pressing the flesh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Close enough and sharp enough?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Up close with the Duchess of Cornwall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Engagement photography update

Following on from the last post of the pre wedding photography of Matthew and Caroline I just wanted to post a few more photographs taken on a day of very changeable weather. Where I had a camera in my hand all the time (obviously) the lovely couple were never far away from the umbrella!

Again I must say I was very impressed with the variety of scenes in Lady Dixon Park in Belfast. Now on with the photographs. If you would like to leave a comment just scroll down to the bottom of the page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This way?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pre wedding/engagement photography in Northern Ireland

A fun and relaxed couple – Matthew and Caroline on  a typical Northern Ireland summer day with heavy rain and some glorious sunshine meant lots of dashing in and out of cover. The happy couple are getting married later in the year and we met up in Lady Dixon Park outside Belfast for their pre wedding photography session last week.

Below are a few photographs from the day. All comments welcome.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just a fun photograph to show how bad the rain was on the day. I’m sure Matthew and Caroline won’t mind being reminded!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Barcelona

Recently I took a short break to Barcelona. Incredibly I have never been in Spain before on holiday so I really didn’t know what to expect apart from the obvious Gaudi influence. What a revelation. An incredible city. Great people, great food (if a little different at times),  fantastic sights and a very easy city to walk around. The only down side was there was no sun for most of our trip. In fact on the bus on the way to the city from the airport the very large puddles made us exchange worried glances. It turned out not cold but just slightly overcast most days. Now being a tourist (even though I like to think I am a traveller) I went out on the first morning wearing shorts – yes you guessed it I was the only person in Barcelona wearing shorts! Boy did I get some looks and not only from my wife and none of them were admiring.

The general routine was relaxing – up early get out walk all day, back to the hotel, change, walk and find good food, hotel and do it all again the next day. Below is a small selection of photographs from the loads I took. I suppose they sum up my experience of the city. If you’ve been there you may have a different impression. If so I’d love to hear. Anyway all comments would be appreciated. Now on with the photographs in no particular order.

Barcelona roof detail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

food market, Barcelona

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barcelona food market

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barcelona street garden

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watching the world go by

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

La Sagrada Familia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gaudi on the roof

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stained glass, Barcelona

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Door in Barcelona

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Backlight door in Barcelona

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Curvy staircase

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Chasing the light

It had intended to be a walk on the beach but the weather decided otherwise. Rather than just give up, go home and make a cup of tea I decided to wait it out just to see what the weather would do. On the north coast of Northern Ireland there is always the chance the weather will change quite quickly and with that the light also.

While I was watching through the rain I could see it clearing but at the same time another front moving in. In the short dry interlude I managed to get these two photographs. Beach weather no but the drama in the storm building and the short but dramatic piece of sunlight made it all worthwhile.

Seascape with horse and rider

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seascape with storm incoming

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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It’s a French thing

I have to confess I have a thing for doors and windows in my photography. Slightly strange I know and my family really don’t understand the folders on my systems with strange names like Doors, Windows, Arches. Even better most of my fascination is fuelled by French doors and windows. There is a reason – honestly. Travelling in France as I have done over lots of years you come across a massive variety from ancient to decrepit to ultra modern. I freely admit that not everyone on the same journey as me will notice these objects and probably even fewer will really take the time to photograph them and eventually catalogue them.

Below is a small selection of the many, many images I have from my obsession. I have the feeling there will be more of this on this blog in the future. If you feel the desire to leave a comment scroll down the page after the images and there is a comment box. I would love to hear your thoughts.

Ancient door

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not sure if I’d want to work here. Not sure if it is open.

Open for business?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cat at peace

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There must be something about cats and windows.

Cat and window - again!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now for something new. I loved the reflection of the old building in the ultra modern new one.

Old on new

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Old on new

I just recently put together a new website – yep the one you’re on now. Deciding what photographs to feature was very difficult. The previous site had accumulated lots of galleries and lots of photographs in those galleries as well as stand alone images on each page. When I took a very critical look at it it was a mess.

To clean it up would have meant a major redesign and as I’m definitely not a designer the very thought made me want to run and hide. The idea of going back into Expression Web and spending days of effort with no guarantee that it would be any better made me realise that there were other options. So I have gone down this route. The only think I will say and others agree – it is a little stark and without my personality (some would say that’s no bad thing), but I will need to refine it as time goes on. Mm more learning and the spectre of design coming to the fore again.

The point of all this is that now the new design is up and running I did not want to clutter it up and so decided to start off with only a small selection of images and let it grow slowly. This is where a major benefit of digital photography comes in. If this had been in the old days of film I doubt if I would have had the heart to go through thousands of negatives and slides. Diving into my hard drive is so much easier and even a bit of fun.

Finally to the point. I came across this black and white image I had taken a while ago when I attended a fantastic training course with the excellent Brett Harkness in Manchester. It is used in my portraits gallery elsewhere on this site but thought it deserved a place on its own. In the last couple of weeks I have been doing more commercial work so getting some people featured on the blog may redress the balance a little.

Any comments on the photograph or indeed on the website or on my ramblings above would be appreciated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A nice little commission

A few weeks ago I took a couple of photographs of wine bottles as part of an on going series. When published on my blog ( an old one) the owner of the Domaine where the wine was produced asked me to photograph his 2011 range as he had new labels and brand to roll out. This was for the retail store on the website. What a nice job – Thank you Charles.

The interesting thing is the Domaine is in the glorious South of France and I am in the slightly damper and overcast Northern Ireland. What you can do with a courier company and broadband.

The first photograph below is what started the whole thing off and below is a couple of photographs of the new product photographs as commissioned.

And the website – it’s www.sainterose.com

Wine photography

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wine product photography

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A new era

Welcome to my new blog. Yes – new as I have taken the big step of incorporating my blog into this all new website. My previous blog at www.Francispeacockephotographyblog.wordpress.com is still available and will be for a while yet but all new posts will be here.

This whole website is new so there is only a small selection of photographs in each of the galleries. Naturally I will be adding to these regularly so do please come back soon and hopefully often.

Thanks for looking

Francis

While looking through images deciding what to include in this new website I came across this one from some time ago and thought it was worth an airing.

Any comments welcome.

 

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