County Antrim Northern Ireland

Ballintoy Harbour

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Another set for the HBO series Game of Thrones Ballintoy (see the dark hedges) Harbour lies on the North Antrim Coast. We visited the harbour quite late in the evening just as the single shop that is situated in the port was closing for the night. This is the sixth and final location in my 48 hour challenge. You can view the previous posts here.

I have deliberately avoided taking photos of the harbour directly although you can see it in the mono image at the bottom of the post. I wanted to capture a series of long exposure images of the immediate area unlike the images you see in the general tourist brochures of websites.

I had both the Canon and the X-Pro1 cameras but I felt the X-Pro1 offered better quality low light long exposure photography. The top image is a 30 second long exposure from the top section of the Balintoy Harbour and the image below is a panorama of the bay. Click to view large.

This is actually the colour of the shore line. The intense green is probably due the massive amount of rain the area has received in the last few months.

You can see why such locations are frequently used in the HBO Game of Thrones filming as sets. They are like a step back and time and mix both the tradition of sea fishing and Limestone mining. A large lime kiln still towers over the entrance to the car park.

Although I predominantly used the X-Pro1 for long exposures I had only packed a single battery that I had used most of the previous day.

Given the amount of power needed to capture the long exposure and then to also process the long exposure noise reduction I was struggling to get through. I took two photos with the Canon to allow me to capture at 17mm.

This long exposure shows the bizarre rock formations between the Ballintoy Harbour through to Portbladdan a near by Salmon fishing port.

This mono (wide) shot shows the fishing harbour and gift shops. You can see the Limestone mined in the port was also used the in construction of most of the buildings.

Further along the coast the idilic Portbraddan which features the privately owned St Gobain’s Church which is renowned for being the smallest church in Ireland.

This final photo is a Fujifim X-Pro1 long exposure from the Portbradden coast line with noise reduction turned off.

You may notice I have spelt the town name two different ways but most of the literature says Portbradden yet the road sign was Portbraddan.

Like most long exposure landscape images they are best viewed large.


David is a documentary and landscape photographer covering everything from dramatic long exposure landscape photography through to live music. David is a former Official Fujifilm X Photographer.


  1. What kind of filter did you use for the long exposure on the Ballintoy Harbour image? It’s a lovely shot!

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