For this weeks challenge I thought I’d show you a “Trio of Trio’s”. First up, the three cranes at Clydeport, Greenock, Scotland. I took this just after the sun had set.
For my second trio it’s the cockle pickers of the Dee Estuary. This time I’m on the English side. If you don’t know a cockle is a small, edible, salt-water clam. Gathering them on the estuary is dirty and cold work as you can see from their dress.
My final trio is sheep. We have more than our fair share of them here in Wales and in the National Park they roam wild. They’re not really wild though. They belong to someone and each year they are rounded up and brought down for shearing.
That’s it for my trio this week. Here’s what other bloggers are saying about trio’s
Well I must be doing something right as my photographs for Week 44 Abandoned and Week 45 Street Photography got the most votes each week and became the groups header photographs.
And so to this weeks challenge Motion. Once again I managed to get two photographs for this challenge more by chance than design.
First up is this photograph taken at the Horseshoe Falls near Llangollen, North Wales.
We had gone specifically to photograph the falls but I had spotted a Grey Heron fishing from a small island in the middle of the river, so I switched to my 150mm lens to get a close-up. Then these guys appeared from nowhere, paddling like crazy. Perfect! My first motion shot in the bag and with almost no effort.
The Horseshoe Falls weren’t that interesting – I think I shot more of the heron and these guys paddling than I did of the falls.
Not long after this the gale force winds and heavy rain predicted for later in the day started earlier than forecasted. So we decided to head home. But on the way back we stopped off at Llyn Aled and Aled Isaf. These are two isolated reservoirs out on the moors. It’s desolate but can be quite peaceful. Not today though, howling winds, whitecaps and driving rain. We could hardly get the car doors open, the wind was so strong. But i got my second motion photograph.
Well that’s it for this week, I hope you enjoyed the photographs.
For this weeks challenge I thought it would be a good idea to look at some of the wonderful churches we have here in North Wales. Many of them have beautiful stained glass wonderful wood carvings and intricate tiled floors.
Look at the stained glass as well as the wall and floor tiles in the church below. Have you ever seen anything like that?
Actually the one below is not in North Wales, It’s Tewkesbury Abbey but the tiled floor is so intricate I just though it was worth showing. What do you think of that floor?
The church below has some intricate wood carvings and some nice stained glass.
Many churches have stained glass windows. Amazing colours and they tell a story.
Some windows dedicated by families are far plainer but in their own way tell a story.
Many churches are quite dark. It’s not always easy to photograph in them because the balance between the highlights and shadows confuses the cameras sensor. If you expose for the highlights the shadows are too dark. If you expose for the shadows the highlights are usually blown out. This is why I use HDR for a lot of my photographs. Sure i have to shoot more photographs per scene and then process those photographs, but it’s worth it.
On the other hand sometime you get enough light shining through the side windows . but invariably I will still use HDR to make sure I capture all the detail
Well that’s it for this week. I hope you enjoyed the photographs. Here’s what other bloggers are saying about this weeks challenge.