Discover–A Time To Catch Up

My mailbox is full. Just under 400 messages from WordPress in the space of a couple of days with comments on “It’s A Kind Of Magic” and new followers to “Say It With A Camera”. It’s going to take me some time to catch up with all of your comments and have a look at my new followers blogs.

So I’d like to thank you all for your kind comments and follows and I promise over the next week I will get round to replying and visiting your blogs.

In the meantime I’d like to show you some photographs from an area that I have the fortune to have in my back yard – the Snowdonia National Park. It’s such a beautiful and wild place to visit, yet easily accessible and because of this it is difficult to find areas where you can be truly alone. This photograph of Pen-Yr-Ole-Wen (that’s the mountains name, looks remote and yet at the bas of the mountain lies one of the busy main roads through the national park.

Pen-yr-Olwen Reflections

In the park you will find sheep, lots of them, Wales is well-known for it’s sheep farming, feral goats and these lovely little Welsh Ponies. Most of the year they live higher up on the slopes of the mountains but once the snows come they start to come lower down into the valleys which makes them more easy to photograph. Although most of the year they live quite wild I have found they are pretty friendly, you can even stroke them as long as you take it slow and easy. Of course like all wild animals you just have to be careful.

Ponies

Throughout the park you will find evidence of abandoned dwellings from the 18/19th century, maybe earlier in some cases. These are left over from when sheep farmers had small holdings and lived a very simple way of life.

This Old House

That’s it and I will get round to everything this week – Mike

It’s A Kind Of Magic

Well for me it is. Over the years I have tried to capture a Kingfisher with little success. Too far away, or flying too fast for the camera focus to lock up on, always a disaster when I looked at the photographs. Until yesterday. So here it is my first ever Kingfisher that I’m happy enough to show you.

Kingfisher

To me that’s magic….

That’s it for this week, a really short one but I wanted to show you the photograph, not ramble on.

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Update – 25 November 2016 17:18 hrs: Not long after I posted this to the Weekly Challenge I received an email saying it had been selected for Discover, a place where WordPress highlight some of the best content published with WordPress. Wow, that is an honour.

Here’s what other bloggers are saying about this weeks challenge.

annembray Magic Moment – From Studio to Gallery
aNadventures Magic
Fairy Tale World – Lizz Beth Ashley
Colline’s Blog View from a Train
magic – Photographic Trek
through the luminary lens All about the magic of water & photons – no joking!
Weekly Photo Challenge- Magic
It’s OK Because You Made It – The Foxy Igorota
Ruth E Hendricks Photography Late Afternoon at U of Pitt Campus
Julie Powell – Photographer & Graphic Artist WPC – Magic

Llangelynin–A Very Small Church

It’s been a busy old week. First of all I’ve been trialling some new photography software, not only for HDR but also for post processing my photographs. I’ve never been a fan of Adobe’s Subscription Model and as much as I like Lightroom for it’s cataloguing and RAW Development, Photoshop played very little part in my normal workflow. But what I really don’t like is that if you don’t keep up the monthly subscriptions then you lose the ability to work with your photographs. For me the problem has always been to find an alternative to Lightroom and that’s where ACDSee Ultimate might come in handy. I want to own the software not rent it. But at the moment I’m only trialling it, although I must admit I do like what I’ve seen so far.

So this weeks challenge is Tiny. I thought about this for a while and as you can see from the photographs, TINY is relevant, when you compare the size of the church to say a cathedral.

Llangelynin

Llangelynin is perched on a hill approximately 900 feet above the Conwy Valley in North Wales. There is a single track road that runs nears to the church but the last part of the access is on foot. Inside the church it’s very sparse. Some wooden benches and stone floors. Those flowers are plastic, but they do add a splash of colour. Llangelynin is not used on a regular basis for church services, I think it’s only about a couple of times a year, Easter and Christmas.

Llangelynin Interior

I did say I was working on trialling two bits of software. The other one is easyHDR. For a long time now I’ve been dissatisfied with the results I get from PhotoMatix. I don’t know what it is but PhotoMatix seems to be stuck in a time-warp, just never advancing. I can’t remember the last time HDRSoft issued a major release.

I just checked it was November 2013, that’s 3 years ago. That really is a long time in software terms, sure it’s stable, and there have been quite a few dot releases but it just doesn’t excite me any more. Whereas easyHDR is not mainstream but I enjoy using it.

Anyway, here’s what other bloggers are saying about this weeks challenge

In My Own Words Weekly Photo Challenge- Tiny
Photography Journal Blog Weekly Photo Challenge- Tiny
Weekly Photo Challenge – Small on Tiny – Celina2609’s Blog
Our Own Little Walk of Fame – Aggie’s Amygdala
Say Tiny! – Blog of Hammad Rais
thephotoseye Tiny Thrills
Another Tiny View – Rebecca Wiseman Portfolio
Miss Jerz-tucky Weekly Photo Challenge- Tiny
Words Like Honey Weekly Photo Challenge- Tiny
deetravelssite.wordpress.com Tiny

Transmogrify–Is That A Word?

It’s early morning, the sun is up and I’m sitting in my study watching a rainbow form out to sea. Looks like we are going to be in for some heavy weather as the clouds are really dark and rain laden. How transient a rainbow can be. There one minute and then gone in a second. Anyway I digress. This weeks challenge is one of those WordPress ones that I hate. To me it is ambiguous, that’s a big word for so early in the morning, I prefer solid subjects.

Where better to see change than Autumn, especially on the mountains, the bracken changes from green to gold, the trees start to take on those brilliant patches of orange, reds and yellow whilst patches of sunlight breaking through the clouds dapple the slopes.

Autumn Colours

As winter approaches the landscape will change. The lake will freeze up, the tree will lose its leave sand I can guarantee that there will be snow here. Even now the heather has lost it’s brilliant purple hue as it gets ready for winter.

Llyn Ogwen

The night before last I went to Talacre Beach, it’s been a while since I’ve been there, mainly because of tourists. In the summer time it’s almost impossible to get a good photograph of the lighthouse or a sunset. You can forget that. because there will always be someone there clambering over the rocks or steps. You can’t stop them, the beach is open to everyone and lots stay for the sunsets. But in the late Autumn and Winter it’s totally different. For a start the sunset is a lot earlier, although not out to sea. But the other good thing, you hardly see anyone on the beach. It’s too cold for most people. Talacre is long and open with no protection from the prevailing winds which tend to be from the sea, so you have to wrap up well.

Talacre Sunset

Sunsets too are very brief. The light changes so fast but at this time of the year you get those great cloud formations which make for some amazing colours in the sky when the sun sets. Finally I’d like to leave you with another Autumn scene looking down the valley towards Snowdon in the distance. Anyone could get this photograph, it’s taken from a roadside stop on the main A5 road just outside Betws-y-Coed.

Autumn

So that’s it for this week. I hope you enjoyed the photographs – Mike

As usual here’s what other bloggers are saying about this weeks challenge.

This is Another Story Color Transformation
From Egg to Sheer Beauty – Micks Blog
Doug Couvillion’s Photo Blog Weekly Photo Challenge- Transmogrify
Sea Play Photography Weekly Challenge- Transmogrify
XingfuMama My little pumpkins don’t do scary
Crafting Photolog Weekly Photo Challenge- Transmogrify
Mataro Photographs Halloween Transmogrification
Nature & Travel Photos WPC – Transmogrify
Let the Images Speak Transmogrify
The Land Slide Photography Time