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Lawlorboy's Big Ass Photos

Welcome to my blog. This is just a humble personal photography blog. It's more for my personal benefit, so that I can chart my progress, and well, show off my photos. Please feel free to look and let me know what you think. Thanks for stumbling by :)

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Moving on up

Hello dear friends and followers. Sorry I haven’t been active of late.

I have been thinking. And I have decided to create a new blog to showcase my experiments in photography.

When I created this blog, it was on the spur of the moment, hence the silly name, lol.

And I admit, that it did make me laugh at first when I checked my stats, to see searches like this:

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But this isn’t helping anyone find what they’re looking for, nor does it help me so…

After much deliberation, I have decided that “My Big Ass Photos” may not be a suitable website name to show prospective clients, so I have a new blog.

I did think long and hard about what to call it but, as you can tell I’m crap at this so it’s just “Paul Lawlor Photography” at http://paullawlor.wordpress.com

Thanks for reading :)

How it’s meant to look

This is how it’s meant to look…

Rained Out Sunset over Lough Neagh (Timelapse)

OK, despite the dust on my sensor/lens and the occasional drop of rain, and the distinct lack of actual sun, below is the timelapse of sunset I photographed tonight over Lough Neagh…

I arrived at Antrim around 7:30pm and heading to Lough Road Car Park. It was busy enough, mostly people walking their dogs, some boy racers and bird watchers.

It was raining but only slightly. I had hoped it would stop, and it looked like it was going to at one stage, but alas, did not :(

I setup my camera on a tripod on my drivers seat in my car (as shown in my previous post).

Even though I figured it was steady, I moved about a bit in the car (it’s hard to keep still for an hour) so there may be some movement in the video.

I’ve tried encoding this a bit differently, as I’ve had some problems with the web friendliness of my previous videos.

It’s 25fps in HD!
Let me know if you have any advice to share with encoding in QuickTime :)

I’ll be trying this again when it’s not raining, from outside, on the pavement, in front of the rail. I just wanted to have a go :)

Sunset over Lough Neagh (again)

Since I didn’t get to photograph Sunrise on Saturday morning, I decided to have a go at capturing a timelapse of Sunset over Lough Neagh.

I’m still in the process, but here is the proof haha

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This is my camera, on a tripod, on the drivers side of my car. It’s wrapped in a scarf to protect it from the rain :)

This is the view I’m trying capture:

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I’ll post it as soon as its edited :)

Orange Goblin at Spring & Airbrake, Belfast

A mate came through tonight, with a spare ticket to go see Orange Goblin at the Spring & Airbrake!

For those of you unfamiliar with this band they’re a Sabbathy Zeppeliny stoner/doom metal band from London.

And they know how to rock!!

Supporting them were Wizards of Firetop Mountain and By Any Means.

As I stood there with my mates, getting hit in the face by the hair of the guy, head banging in front of me, I thought, I’m getting too old for this :(

I’m home now, the Goblin are probably still playing, awesome rock, that’s what they do, but I’m too old and tired to stand a watch them :(

I’d never heard of Wizards of Firetop Mountain or By Any Means. Wizards really rocked the place, and got the crowd warmed up to receive some warming rock chords, and almighty bass lines – there was a happy chilled vibe.

 

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Then By Any Means came on and screamed at us. I admit that there was a time when I would have loved this and joined in (if I could make out the words), but not now. They were good, but I don’t think they were best appreciated sandwiched in between the other acts.

They are playing at Voodoo on New Years Eve. If you are into hardcore metal, check it out!

By Any Means

Serious rock guitar by Paul Anthony (By Any Means)

I also admit that I only heard of Orange Goblin a few months ago, from the mate that gave me the ticket. I did laugh at the name when I first heard it. But on hearing their music, I realised there was talent to be appreciated, not laughed at.

They opened with Scorpionica, a favourite. To be honest, I’m not too sure what songs followed. I’ve only gotten into them recently, so I’m not too sure of the track names. But as I sit here, completely deaf from the experience, I think a brilliant night was had :)

Orange Goblin

Ben Ward (Orange Goblin)

More Timelapse Experiments

I had hoped to get up at 4am today and head to Donaghadee to make a timelapse video of Sunrise over the coast, but that didn’t happen, due to the fact that I didn’t get to sleep until 3 :(

So since I was so annoyed at myself I went to Stormont Buildings instead and took a few photos.

These images got a bit mixed up, so that’s why there’s a few anomalies. Ah well, the secret’s in the title – Experiments ;)

I might do sunrise tomorrow :)

Backyard BMX Park

When my mate said he wanted to build a skatepark in his back garden, I thought he was mad.

He may well be mad, but that’s another story.

This is his Skate/BMX Park:

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Not bad eh?

And I’ll get to practice taking photos of him airing above the hedge :)

My New Toy

I got a new play thing today. My new (well nearly new) 75-300mm USM lens today.

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Isn’t she pretty? Lol. Anyway so when it stops raining, I’m going out to play :)

Experiments with HDR

It’s easy to see how people could get addicted to HDR Photography. Look at it, it’s pretty ;) There are plenty of beautiful landscapes and scenes that just beg to be HDR’d. But hey, what do I know.

I’ve been out experimenting tho…

Trout Fishing Lake

This is a trout fishery just outside Holywood, Co. Down

Albert Clock, Belfast

Mourne Mountain Panorama

You can enlarge this one for a better look :)

Church Tower in Castlewellan Country Park

Looks almost heavenly.

Sunset over Down

:)

Featured Photos

Last week, I was contacted by Titanic.com about the possibility of licensing some of my photos of the recent Light Show at Titanic Belfast :)

This is the article, incorporating my images, they posted on their site: Time-Lapse Photography of the Titanic Belfast Light Show

Thanks guys :)

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