Weekly Photo Challenge: One Shot, Two Ways

Weekly Photo Challenge: One Shot, Two Ways

Normally if I’m shooting a landscape photograph I’ll orient the camera, err, in landscape mode. Sort of makes sense…..

Weekly Photo Challenge: One Shot, Two Ways

—or does it?

Sometimes, what I’m really after is to show the clouds and now it makes sense to shoot in portrait mode

Weekly Photo Challenge: One Shot, Two Ways

However, the big problem is that I lose some of the interest from the side of the photograph. In this instance I’ve compensated by making the foreground interest considerably larger, but in all honesty I prefer the landscape version.

What about you, landscape or portrait?



Change Of Direction


With effect from today I am happy to announce that all future photographs  appearing on “Say It With A Camera” will now be licensed Creative Commons, and in addition, will no longer be watermarked.

Previous watermarked and copyright photographs will remain the same but you may use them as though they were Creative Commons licensed. In essence I would spend more time changing the license details for the hundreds of photographs that appear on “Say It With A Camera” than I would taking new photographs and I know what I’d rather do

What does this mean to you? Nothing actually, unless you want to use one of my photographs. However, should you wish to do so I am in effect giving you a license based on the sample acceptable use policy as defined by the Creative Commons License.


With Creative Commons you are free:

  • To Share: Copy, Distribute, and Transmit the image
  • To Remix: Create Derivative works of the image

Under these conditions:

  • Attribution: Attribution to Mike Hardisty and Say It With A Camera must be made along with the image.
  • Non-Commercial: The image must not be used for commercial purposes under any circumstances.

Examples of Non-Commercial acceptable use;

  • Blog Post describing a trip to North Wales or any other location
  • Online article discussing the growing popularity of photography
  • A website for a school project about the use of light in art
  • An individual using an image as a desktop background for the computer monitor

For the full scope of the license and what defines commercial use of my photographs please read the Licensing page.



There's A Storm Brewing

There’s A Storm Brewing…

On our way back from the lakes I decided to take Elaine home via Nebo and the Denbigh Moors.  To get there we had to descend from the lakes into the Conwy valley via Llanwrst and then follow the B5113 over the moors.

There's A Storm Brewing

From this view-point (53.114966,-3.73988) we are at a height of 365 metres or 1198 feet looking across the Conwy Valley towards the Snowdon mountain range and a build up of storm clouds.

Now for those of you not familiar with the UK road system a “B” road is a numbered local route, which has lower traffic densities than the main trunk roads, or A roads. The classification has nothing to do with the width or quality of the physical road, and B roads can range from dual carriageways to single track roads with passing places. On the moors it’s nearly always the latter with road surfaces that can sometimes be the worse for wear.

I had no intention of being stuck on the moors if it did rain heavily. Beautiful scenery, but they’re isolated, desolate places at the best of times, so with a storm coming it’s time to get down off the moors.

Needless to say it never rained, as we got lower and near the coast the sun came out, and we ended up driving home in beautiful hot sunshine.


52/2013 Week 32

52/2013 Week 32

52/2013 Week 32

Llyn Crafnant is a lake that lies in a beautiful valley in North Wales where the northern edge of the Gwydir Forest meets the lower slopes of the Carneddau mountains and, more specifically, the ridge of Cefn Cyfarwydd. The head of the valley offers a profile of crags which are silhouetted at sunset, and many people regard the lake as one of the most beautiful spots in North Wales. At 63 acres (250,000 m2) it is the best part of a mile long, although it was clearly once much longer – its southern end shows the evidence of centuries of silting.

Crafnant takes its name from “craf”, an old Welsh word for garlic, and “nant”, a stream or valley. Even today the Crafnant valley smells of wild garlic when it flowers.

The lake can be reached by car only from Trefriw in the Conwy valley, though many visitors walk there from the village or from the neighbouring lake of Llyn Geirionydd, which runs parallel to it, but a mile distant, the two being separated by Mynydd Deulyn – “mountain of the two lakes”. The lake can also be reached on foot Capel Curig.

Areas around the lake have been used for location shots in Hollyoaks, Tomb Raider II, the 1981 fantasy movie Dragonslayer, and the lake also appeared briefly in the 1966 film Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment.


Llyn Geirionydd

Llyn Geirionydd

Llyn Geirionydd

Llyn Geirionydd lies in a valley in North Wales where the northern edge of the Gwydyr Forest meets the lower slopes of the Carneddau mountains. The lake is almost a mile long and covers an area of 45 acres (180,000 m2), but is never any deeper than 50 ft (15 m).

The lake has a car park (with toilets) and the location is very popular in the summer. This car park site was once a waste tip site for the Pandora mine above, and indeed the planting of conifers in the area of the lake has considerably softened the effects of mining. There are few, if any, fish in the lake, and this, it is believed, is the result of the poisoning of the waters from the adjacent metal mines.

The current road follows what some believe to be part of Sarn Helen, the Roman road which ran southwards from the fort at Canovium (Caerhun, between Trefriw and Conwy) to the fort at Tomen y Mur (near Trawsfynydd), and beyond, ultimately reaching Moridunum (Carmarthen).


On Top Of The Hill

Love ‘em or Hate ‘em…

On Top Of The Hill

I have a love/hate relationship with wind turbines. From a photography point of view I quite like them as they sometime serve to break up what could be a very monotonous landscape. But on the other hand I have seen them in places were the scenery is absolutely beautiful, only to be ruined by a great big white monstrosity.

I’m not entirely convinced that the benefits from wind turbines are that great, I suppose only time will tell. I always thought they would be quite quiet. Having stood underneath one yesterday, one thing I can tell you, they are really noisy.

What about you? Do you love them, or is your vote for a hate?


Abandoned Cottage

52/2013 Week 31

Abandoned Cottage

High up on the wild and windy Mynydd Hiraethog (also known as the Denbigh Moors) I found this old abandoned cottage just waiting to be photographed. The moor is an upland region in Conwy and Denbighshire in north-east Wales. it includes the large reservoirs, Llyn Brenig and Llyn Alwen, and the Clocaenog Forest, which has one of Wales’s last populations of red squirrels. Its highest point is Mwdwl-eithin, at 532 metres (1,745 ft) above sea level, making it higher than Exmoor



Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreshadow

Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreshadow

An interesting word “Foreshadow”, it means to “show, indicate or suggest in advance”….but what?

In 2008, when I lived in Somerset we had an amazing storm in early December. Living by the sea at the time meant that I could go down to the shore and watch the full effects, maybe even grab some photographs. We knew the storm was coming. We had been warned, the wind had been building up for some time and there was an unusually high tide predicted.

Now don’t get me wrong here. Storms in Britain are usually not as violent as hurricanes, nor as devastating, but when we get a big one in typical British fashion we like to talk about the weather.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreshadow

Those pillars mark the path across the causeway to Kinghtstone Island. On the night of the storm the wind was driving the high tide onto the beach which is to the left of the picture. Standing on the promenade, which also forms part of the sea defences, I had a good view of the effects of the storm. So did another 11 photographers. At the time I remember thinking “we must be mad standing out here in the howling wind and rain just to get a photograph”.

Here’s the same causeway when the tide is out.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreshadow

The POV you can see is looking from Knightstone Island back towards where I was standing to take the photograph on the night of the storm. The sea level to the left is low as it often is due to the tidal range of 13 metres (43 ft), second only to Bay of Fundy in Eastern Canada.


Big Skies

Loch Lomond – A Quick Visit

Loch Lomond is a freshwater loch 39 kilometres (24 mi) long and between 1.21 kilometres (0.75 mi) and 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) wide. It has an average depth of about 37 metres (121 ft), and a maximum depth of about 190 metres (620 ft).

Crystal Clear Water

Of all the lochs and lakes in Great Britain, it is the largest by surface area, and the second largest (after Loch Ness) by water volume. Within the United Kingdom, it is surpassed only by Lough Neagh and Lower Lough Erne in Northern Ireland.

I only had a very short time at Loch Lomond but managed to capture a few photographs beside the loch and in the nearby village of Luss.

Loch Lomond is one of Scotland‘s premier boating and water sports venues and the scenery draws people from all over Scotland and beyond.


The loch is open to every kind of watercraft including kayaks, canoes, wind-surfers, jet skis, speedboats and cruisers and they are all very well represented.

Lomond Water Bus

A great way of getting to see various locations around Loch Lomond is to use the Water Bus.

Big Skies

The Water Bus links west, east and south shore locations like Luss & Balmaha, Balloch & Balmaha and Tarbet with Inversnaid & Rowardennan.

As I only had a short time on the Loch I only went as far north as the village of Luss. Nowadays Luss is a conservation village, and many of the cottages have been described as picturesque.

Luss Village

Some while back Luss became famous as a result of being the main outdoor location for the Scottish Television drama series Take the High Road.  Although the programme is no longer made, some in Luss remain proud of the connection: its fictional name, ‘Glendarroch,’ is used for some buildings.

Luss Parish Church is a Church of Scotland church in Luss, Argyll and Bute dedicated to Saint Kessog.

Luss Parish Church

The present church building was constructed in 1875, and subject to major restoration works in 2001. The church site has had 1500 years of continuous Christian presence, being originally founded by Saint Kessog, and has 15 listed ancient monuments in its graveyard.

The church has in recent times embraced the internet, broadcasting its services online, and inviting, in exception to usual Church practice, outsiders to take advantage of the picturesque location on the banks of Loch Lomond for weddings, of which 153 were held in 2009.

It’s a shame they don’t welcome photographers. At least, not those with tripods and DSLR cameras. I was told in no uncertain terms that I wouldn’t be allowed to “set-up” by the photography police who were manning the door to the church.

No visit to Loch Lomond would be complete without a photograph of Ben Lomond which is 974 metres (3,196 ft) in height.

Ben Lomond

Easily accessible from Glasgow and elsewhere in central Scotland, together with the relative ease of ascent from Rowardennan, makes it one of the most popular for walkers. Hey! When I was a kid in my teens I went up it several times.

Ben Lomond’s popularity in Scotland has resulted in several namesakes in the former British colonies of Australia, New Zealand, Trinidad and the United States. The mountain is mentioned directly in the popular folk song The Bonnie Banks o’ Loch Lomond.

I wish I had more time to spend at Loch Lomond, visiting Luss and seeing the Ben brings back memories from my childhood. But unfortunately, this really was a quick visit. I arrived in Glasgow at 3 pm. Took the photographs between 4 & 6 pm and was back in North Wales, by 10 am the following morning.