no. 186 Departs by: Gary McParland
A Word from Gary McParland on this photograph of the day on FP: “A bit different from my usual landscapes. The local steam train restoration society organises these trips during the year and i managed to grab this as it departed Portadown Station in N Ireland.”
I love getting out to a location, be it standing in the middle of a river below a mountain, walking through a forest or standing at the coast watching massive waves crash in around me.
I mainly shoot at sunrise or sunset and it’s a nice feeling when you are the only person watching an amazing scene unfold before you.
I always try to pause and take it all in. Of course then I try to capture it as best as I can.
In the north-east island of Ireland, with a population of 1,789,000, resides photographers Gary McParland, from Co Armagh.
McParland has this natural ability to take photographs that convey the beauty and drama of the beautiful Irish landscape, primarily Scotland and the UK.
Gary McParland is a contributer to a number of online Photography communities, as many of us social photographers are these days. His photography has showcased in various publications, won competitions and has been used in areas for projects from tourism to commercial applications.
In 2010 McParland won “Photography Ireland’s” Photographer of the year competition and more recently was a runner up in Clean Coasts Ireland Coastal Heritage Photography competition in 2011.
Composition and light. Landscape photographers spend all their time obsessing over light and I am no different. It makes a huge difference to a scene if you have some wonderful low light to add texture and drama. It can turn the ordinary into the extraordinary.
Once I have found a composition that I am happy with, I cross my fingers and wait for the right light.
The biggest piece of advice I can give is Practice. Read everything you can from magazines and books to internet blogs like this one and get out with the camera as much as possible.
I have read up on and tried lots of different techniques from smoke trails to macro and portraits.
I have even shot my first wedding before Christmas which was way out of my comfort zone. But I feel it’s all an invaluable learning process and I still have a long way to go.
If your ever in Ireland, you best try and meet Gary and get him to show you some of the most magical parts of Ireland.