The Human Component

This weekend seemed to be all about selfies...

Despite the forecast looking good on Saturday I unfortunately didn't have time for my usual hike into the Mournes (which seems to have become a recent ritual of mine). So instead I headed for the Cloughmore Stone in Rostrevor as it's a fairly convenient location and photographically stunning. And as luck would have it, I ended up capturing some epic light!

I have often found when shooting landscapes that a scene sometimes needs just that little bit more to push it over the edge. Enter: the human component. Whether it's to add a sense of scale or enhance emotion, simply adding a person can often make it just that little bit more dramatic. On this occasion I decided to add that very same component to my image — and boy was I glad I did!

Surprisingly, Sunday morning had a similar scenario. The forecast was to be cloudy but sunny so I headed for Cave Hill in Belfast. Upon arrival, however, I quickly realised that there was zero cloud to be seen... Which meant there would be zero drama in the sky. So instead of shooting a landscape I just enjoyed the morning air and went for a wander.

Then, by pure chance, I struck gold! While walking back to my car I stumbled across a gorgeous avenue of gold and amber light that was just begging to be photographed. But just like Saturday I couldn't resist sneaking myself into the frame for that secret human component!

I might have to start taking this portrait thing more seriously ya know ;). It's rather enjoyable!