A Mountain Path–Back To My Roots


Regular readers will know that I am a great fan of Ansel Adams and his amazing Black and White photographs taken in the Sierra Nevada’s, his spiritual home, and in America’s great State Parks. You might also have noticed that in the last few weeks I’ve been doing a bit of bird photography, which I have a bitter-sweet relationship with.

Like Ansel Adams, I’m more at home in the mountains taking landscape photographs….and so that is my path for next year. Go back to my roots and spend more time in the mountains. Now obviously I can’t go to the Sierra Nevada and in a country the size of UK there really isn’t any great wilderness left. There are some areas where you could go walking and not see anyone else but in truth you are never really that far from civilisation.

However the Snowdonia National Park has some great areas to photograph and that’s where I’m going to be next year.

Old House

I’ve photographed many places in the National Park but this time I’m going to be looking at it differently. For a start I want to try to get it right in Black and White, medium that I’ve dabbled with before, mainly for street photography

Ask yourself, “Why am I seeing and feeling this? How am I growing? What am I learning?” Remember: Every coincidence is potentially meaningful. How high your awareness level is determines how much meaning you get from your world. Photography can teach you to improve your awareness level. – Ansel Adams

Lone Tree

Ansel Adams once said “There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer”, and I want to you to see what I see, the stark beauty that can be found in the National Park.

This lone tree in the photograph above sits at the side of Llyn y Dywarchen. Why is it there? When you consider the landscape all around it’s amazing that it has grown to such a size and survived especially through it’s early years as a sapling. This is sheep country a tasty morsel like a new sapling would have gone down well to the sheep that roam this terrain. Yet it survived because it is growing against the side of a wall which stopped the sheep gaining access to it.

The Valley

Of course it means I have to be more prepared for walking the hills and getting off the beaten path. Where previously I would visit several locations in a day I think I need to research a location and stick to it. It’s all too easy in this digital age to press that shutter button and just keep taking photographs. But a more refined approach is called for.

The ‘machine-gun’ approach to photography – by which many negatives are made with the hope that one will be good – is fatal to serious results. – Ansel Adams

So that’s my path for the coming year. I hope you will join me – Mike

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13 thoughts on “A Mountain Path–Back To My Roots

  1. arlene December 30, 2016 / 10:07

    Wonderful and amazing set of photos Mike. I love them all. Happy 2017.

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  2. petspeopleandlife December 30, 2016 / 12:46

    I’m all of your B&W photos. In fact B&W photography is my favorite. I hope to see many pics from your excursions to the park. The tree is beautiful.

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    • Mike Hardisty December 31, 2016 / 13:28

      If I remember I’m going to try and do more in 2017, Yvonne. Thank you for your support and comments over the past year and here’s to a Healthy and Happy New Year in 2017 – Mike

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      • petspeopleandlife December 31, 2016 / 20:17

        And, a Happy New Year to you and your family, Mike. Take good care when out in the those hills/ mountains.

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  3. Cheryl December 30, 2016 / 13:12

    I’ll be watching and waiting for more of these tantalizing images in 2017!

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    • Mike Hardisty December 31, 2016 / 13:30

      Thank you Cheryl, I’m hoping to get into the National Park next week, so hopefully will be able to post some new photographs, my first of 2017

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  4. z3ng33kgr7 | zGGy December 30, 2016 / 15:12

    Fan of his too – great read.

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  5. Isabella Rose December 31, 2016 / 07:01

    I love these images. They truly speak a thousand words, And I love the Ansell Adam quotes. There’s certainly a message here for me because even after four years of photography I am still using the machine gun approach!! I need to adopt that more refined approach. Great advice, thank you. Have a productive 2017.

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    • Mike Hardisty December 31, 2016 / 13:32

      I’ve been doing photography for years and still have that approach at times, Isabella, It’s all too easy with digital to fire that shutter again and again…….and again

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