5 Landscape Photographs Game Of Thrones Fans Will Love

Landscape photographer Steven Hanna grew up in rural County Antrim, learning his craft by shooting the magical, mystical Northern Irish landscape populated by cattle and, more recently, HBO production crews filming the ever-popular fantasy television series Game of Thrones.

From March 15-17, Steven will lead a group of twelve intrepid Engagers on a three-day tour photography of Northern Ireland, imparting his expertise by snapping some of the most iconic Game of Thrones locations recognisable to millions of viewers around the world.

In this blog, Steven picks out five of his favourite Game of Thrones locations by describing five photographs taken on jaunts around the Emerald Isle. Book your place on the Engage Live Game of Thrones Photography Tour of Northern Ireland now.

The Giant’s Causeway, County Antrim
Canon 5D MkIII c/w 35mm 1.4 lens
551 secs at f8 ISO200
Lee circular polarisor & 0.9 ND Grad filter

Taken around 10:30pm, when every other photographer has packed up and gone home (except for myself and my mate). A simple example of what can happen when you leave your exposure open for 8-9 minutes. It was almost pitch black and I struggled to get the camera to focus. I’m always intrigued and amazed at the colours digital cameras can recored when shooting a long exposure that just aren’t visible to the naked eye.

5 Landscape Photographs Game Of Thrones Fans Will Love

Ballintoy, County Antrim
Canon 5D MkIII c/w 35mm 1.4 lens
5 secs at f22 ISO50
Lee circular polarisor & 0.9 ND Grad filter

An early morning sunrise taken just to the east of Ballintoy harbour, looking back towards Fairhead and Ballycastle on Northern Ireland’s north coast. This stunning harbour location has been used for exterior Pyke shots and as the Iron Islands in Game of Thrones, which fans of the show will know. This picturesque coastal nook is where Theon Greyjoy arrives back in the Iron Islands and where he later admires his ship, the Sea Bitch. It is also where he first meets his sister, Yara.

5 Landscape Photographs Game Of Thrones Fans Will Love

The Dark Hedges, County Antrim
Canon 5D MkIII c/w 70-200mm f2.8 lens
0.3 secs at f8 ISO100
Lee circular polarisor

I shot this image in September, around 8am in the morning. I had to wait for a few other photographers to leave so that I would have the place to myself, because it’s quite busy now and popular with tourists. To be honest, I prefer not to shoot the Dark Hedges straight down the middle of the road, as everyone does this, but this particular morning the light and subtle layer of mist was too good to miss. On the tour, we will hopefully get the chance to show you some alternative compositions and some unique effects you can get by using ND filters to create long exposures.

5 Landscape Photographs Game Of Thrones Fans Will Love

Murlough Bay, County Antrim
Canon 5D MkIII c/w 16-35mm f4 lens
8 secs at f20 ISO50
Lee circular polarisor & 0.9 ND Grad filter

The last frame I fired off this particular morning from Murlough Bay. I had waited quite a while for the sun to burst through the clouds and this gorgeous light only lasted around two minutes. Murlough Bay becomes the Iron Islands in Season 3 of Game of Thrones. This is the last spot where Theon Greyjoy rides on the horse with his sister Yara, and is one of the most amazing secluded bays on the Causeway Coast, providing a vast array of photo opportunities depending on what time of the year you visit. My favourite time to shoot is definitely sunrise.

5 Landscape Photographs Game Of Thrones Fans Will Love

Tollymore Forest, County Down
Canon 5D MkIII c/w 16-35mm f4 lens
2.5 secs at f20 ISO100
Lee circular polarisor & 0.6 ND Grad filter

One of my favourite parts of Tollymore Forest, The Stepping Stones, in the autumn time of last year. A simple long exposure helps create water movement in the river. Tollymore was used as the Haunted Foreest in the very first episode of Season 1, and it’s where we will end our three-day tour of Northern Ireland’s most recognisable Game of Thrones locations.

5 Landscape Photographs Game Of Thrones Fans Will Love