Looking at the diary, it didn’t look like the most exciting month, Ellie Goulding concert aside, but a couple of photo friendly football grounds and freak weather made it a productive month of phototaking.

The first weekend of the month saw me visit Shamrock Park to see Linfield take on Portadown, getting some photos and celebrating Linfield’s 2-1 win.

On the Sunday, I checked out leaves in Botanic for some arty-farty photos in the Autumn sun.

The following weekend, I was at Seaview to see Linfield lose 2-1 to Crusaders, with the only consolation being that I managed to get some nice photos.

The midweek after, I went to Northern Ireland v Morocco, getting tickets for the Railway Stand, which turned out to be a mistake when it rained constantly that night.

The end of the month saw snow, and unsurprisingly, I was out with my camera capturing the snow covered streets of Belfast.

And to finish the month, a bit of Ellie Goulding.

See Also

Portadown v Linfield

Botanic Leaves

Kev Largy – Apache

Linfield v Donegal Celtic

Crusaders v Linfield

Northern Ireland v Morocco

Linfield v Dungannon Swifts

Lisburn Distillery v Linfield

Snow Volume 1

Snow Volume 2

Ellie Goulding Review

Ellie Goulding Photos



October was a productive month for phototaking.

I’d went to the Northern Ireland v Italy match and got a prime position for some photos, as well as going again to Old Trafford to see United take on Spurs.

The leaves falling from the trees during month set up some great photos in and around Belast, and I also attended a couple of Linfield games.

As a result, I have quite a few photos to choose from this month.

This first photo, was taken during the Linfield v Portadown match at the start of the month, highlighting the temporary seats that were put in ahead of the international match against Italy the following week.

Some random knitted art made a brief appearance at traffic lights on the Stranmillis Embankment.

Meanwhile, having complained about phototaking opportunities at The Oval, I found that lesser supported teams aren’t that hard to photo, as I popped in for the conclusion of the Glentoran v Portadown match after my Tuesday night football session.

And yes, that was the game where Matty “Greatest Footballer In The World” Burrows scored “The Greatest Goal Of All-Time (C) BBCNI”

When venturing through Botanic Gardens, I noticed that the leaves falling from the trees offered a great photo opportunity, so I went snap happy.

The following day, the park was covered in frost, so I grabbed a few photos on my way to work.

Finally, some photos from my trip to Old Trafford at the end of the month.

See Also

Linfield v Portadown

Northern Ireland v Italy

Coleraine v Linfield

Linfield v Crusaders

Gilpin’s Graffiti

Botanic 1

Botanic 2

Picadilly Gardens, Manchester

Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur

SOUND OF 2010 : 21-40

The penultimate part of this blag, the 21st to 40th best songs of the year.

Next week, i’ll reveal the top 20.

Until then, enjoy.

21. Beady Eye – Bring The Light
22. Muse – Neutron Star Collision
23. Fyffe Dangerfield – She Needs Me
24. Pixie Lott – Turn It Up
25. The Klaxons – Echoes
26. Diana Vickers – My Wicked Heart
27. Rose Elinor Dougal – Start, Stop, Synchro
28. Manic Street Preachers ft Ian McCullough – Some Kind Of Nothingness
29. Paul Weller – No More Tears To Cry
30. Tegan and Sara – Alligator
31. Katie Melua – The Flood
32. Heathers – Remember When
33. 30 Seconds To Mars – Kings And Queens
34. Imelda May – Mayhem
35. Miley Cyrus – Can’t Be Tamed
36. Train – Hey Soul Sister
37. Gorillaz – Stylo
38. John D’Arcy – Scotty
39. Owl City – Fireflies
40. Katy Perry – California Gurls


Not a lot happening during the month, the height of the activity was travelling over to Old Trafford to see United take on Liverpool and the following week to The Oval to see Linfield take on Glentoran.

I also had a few trips to Belfast City Centre to check out some new graffiti in the Garfield Street and Lanyon Place areas.

My favourite photo from my trip to Lanyon Place was one of a painted cat. When you see it, you’ll see why I loved it.

At The Oval, I had the usual nightmare of trying to get a half-decent photo, though I did get one, albiet by cheating, as I tried out some editing software on my new camera.

My favourite photo of the month came at Old Trafford. If a picture can say a thousand words, this one simply says “YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” as Manchester United fans celebrate celebrate Dimitar Berbatov putting them 3-2 up against Liverpool.

See Also

The Owl

Lanyon Place

The Oval


Busy month, went to Edinburgh for a week for the Festival, taking in concerts by Doves and Duke Special (and various other comedy events) and then upon my return, Stereophonics at Belsonic, as well as the start of the Irish League season.

I also got a new camera, as a result of the one my had being damaged at Belsonic, although I was considering getting a new one, the decision was made for me.

One of the first times using it was to get some sunset photos, and for the next couple of weeks, it was a case of trial and error at various events, including my first night football match, where I got an excellent photo of Curtis Allen celebrating a goal at Newry.

My favourite photo of the month was Stephen Douglas waiting to take a throw-in at Dungannon, as the composition and framing just worked, as did the pure luck of it happening right in front of me.

That day, Linfield lost 2-1 to Dungannon Swifts, leaving them with only 1 point after 2 games.

Linfield’s form has improved since that day. Wether my photography has, you’ll have to wait for forthcoming blog posts.

Stereophonics Review

Stereophonics Photos

Duke Special Review

Duke Special Photos

Doves Review

Doves Photos


Not a lot happening in this month, the STLFTEM came right on the very last day when I went to see (for free) Adam Hills live at Mandela Hall.

The first half of the month was obviously spent watching the later rounds of the World Cup, and within days, the early rounds of the European Cup, where I ventured to Windsor Park to see Linfield take on Rosenborg.

I also managed to take in a pre-season friendly between Linfield and Dunmurry Rec, and Dunmurry’s ground was amateur photographer friendly.

Some interesting Street Art also popped up in Belfast during the month, as various stencils of popculture icons appeared in the Woodstock Road, and a mural tribute to the recently deceased Snooker legend Alex Higgins appeared outside the Royal Bar in Sandy Row.


ULSTER 22-18 BATH 11.12.2010

Something different this week as I took advantage of a football-free Saturday to head over to Ravenhill to see Ulster take on Bath in the Heineken Cup.

Managed to get a not bad view and camera position and some not bad photos.

Don’t worry, this time next week, i’ll be at Windsor Park.

Even though it was an enjoyable game today, excuse the pun, I haven’t been converted. Enjoy.

Photo Album


Not much happening in June, I spent most of it watching the World Cup.

A couple of days into the tournament, I dragged myself away from Italy v Paraguay to go and see Tegan and Sara at Mandela Hall as my STLFTEM.

Excellent concert and and excellent band, well worth checking out if you’ve never heard of them.

Managed to get into some good photographing positions. Enjoy.

See Also

Tegan and Sara Review

Tegan and Sara Photos

SOUND OF 2010 : 41-60

The third of a five part series, the middle of the chart of 2010.

Enjoy. Listen. Discuss.

41. Kylie Minogue – All The Lovers
42. B.O.B – Nothing On You
43. Charlotte Church – Logical World
44. K’naan – Wavin Flag
45. Duffy – Well Well Well
46. Marina and the Diamonds – Oh No!!
47. John D’Arcy – Poptart
48. Kelis – Acapella
49. Rose Elinor Dougal – Carry On
50. Tinie Tempah – Written In The Stars
51. Pearl and the Puppets – Because I Do
52. Girls Can’t Catch – Echo
53. Nadine Coyle – Insatiable
54. Bruno Mars – Just The Way You Are
55. Manic Street Preachers – It’s Not War, Just The End Of Love
56. Ash – Binary
57. McFly ft Tiao Cruz – Shine A Light
58. Jona Lewie – You’ll Always Find Me In The Kitchen At Parties 2010
59. Linkin Park – Waitin For The End
60. Marina and the Diamonds – Mowgli’s Road