Welcome to the homepage of photographer Paul Martin. Here I will be displaying my latest images in relation to severe weather, aurora and numerous sky events over the skies of Tyrone and Northern Ireland.

Aurora Gallery

Storm Chasing

Star Trails

Image Reports

Summer Twilight

It has been a very difficult Noctilucent cloud season for me with the obvious cloud issues and work commitments so I haven't been able to image any displays, I had a brief visual sighting back in June. The above image was taken one summers night while waiting on NLC to appear, - they never did. I thought I had the perfect foreground here with the boats gently drifting in the calm lough and the orange twilight with the brighter stars shining through. As I write this (July 26th) it's pretty late in the season but im still hopeful of a last ditch attempt to get a shot in 2015...

Monea Castle Aurora

An unexpected but beautiful aurora borealis display lit up the skies on 16/17th April. I had arranged a photo shoot with good friend Martin McKenna to the Fermanagh countryside and Monea Castle. We were taking advantage of the recent good weather and clear skies for some much needed night-sky photography. There was a chance of aurora that night but we never expected what was about to happen. A phone call on route to the castle from a friend of ours revealed that the aurora was happening right now! On arrival at location a quick test shot showed aurora behind clouds - these clouds miraculously cleared just in time as the aurora erupted high into the sky with pink and purple curtains of light moving left to right behind the castle. We had talked about getting this shot and here it was happening before our eyes! We couldn't believe how the beams were towering above the castle.

The most intense period lasted maybe 10 minutes if that. We raced around trying to get a few different angles on the castle, the image above is my favourite from the night.

I Like this low down angle on the castle, I have a star-trail image to work on from here.

It was nice to catch this stunning show in a new location and to our knowledge the first time from Monea castle.


Atmospheric optics Atmospheric optics Floods Floods
Storms Storms Severe Winter 2010/2011 Severe Winter 2010/2011
Meteors Meteors
Noctilucent Clouds Noctilucent Clouds