I was asked recently, while running a Landscape Photography Workshop, just how much planning goes into a particular shot. While this number can vary I would say that in general I spend around 80% of my time researching, visiting (re-visiting), scouting, planning and only around 20% actually making images.
I don’t mind that though as the discovery and the planning is half the fun for me with Landscape Photography.
I’m planning to visit more of the Glens of Antrim over the coming year and one spot on my list to visit was Garron Point and The Hidden Village of Galboly. With the weather looking in our favour (well as much in your favour as you can hope on the Antrim Coast) we packed a hearty sandwich and a flask of tea and headed out.
I love the drive down past Glenariff Forest Park, especially as you start to get your first views of the ocean in front of you. The Causeway Coastal Route between Cushendall and Ballygally is spectacular and at times it seems as though you are actually skirting along the ocean itself.
I highly recommend taking your time on the Causeway Coastal Road which stretches from the outskirts of Belfast right up past Londonderry. It’s spectacular with so much to see and do. Don’t just rush it in a day, you will miss so much.
Anyway, I digress, as we actually were heading only a few miles out past Cushendall to our chosen car park space opposite a nondescript gate. As we made our way up the steep slopes, that greet you almost immediately, the sky clouded over somewhat adding a feeling of foreboding to what was an already dramatic landscape.
As always on recon missions it’s the X100T only and while I recently picked up the necessary adapters to use my Formatt Hitech Filters with it, I was travelling very light with just the camera body itself.
Climbing up through the Hidden Village (ssshhh … it’s hidden) and then onwards up what looked to be a well trodden gully, past craggy stacks and onto Garron Plateau.
Fleeting moments of light danced across the landscape below as we enjoyed our lunch and I started to plan potential images in the future. I bet this landscape looks fabulous after a fresh dusting of snow, although would certainly need to consider some crampons to scramble up. I also feel a wild camp later in the year on the cards too.
A few images from the day, all with the X100T, all jpeg with Classic Chrome and Standard Film simulation. Looking forward to plenty more visits over the coming months.