52 in 2015 Week 19 Macro/Close-Up

I don’t have a macro lens, although the Olympus 12-40mm f2.8 PRO does have a very good macro function, so I’m afraid it will be a close-up this week.

52 in 2015 Week 19 Close Up

Not the greatest of photographs, taken late Saturday morning, in the rain having climbed up a hill to specifically photograph this.

Well not so much this, but as I was there anyway and the closing day for Week 19 is Saturday it was a bit of desperation shot.

What was I really after? The Pointing Man who points the way, what else, for the Pilgrims following the North Wales Pilgrim’s Way

Thata Way

That’s it for this week. As usual feel free to comment.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Forces Of Nature

A great subject for this weeks challenge and one I can relate to seeing as I’m often outdoors. Instead of a photograph this week I’m going to start with a video I shot early December 2013.


We were lucky. Although the sea defences were breached there was no localised flooding as desperate workers from the county council managed to put in place a secondary defence of sand bags to impede the seas progress.

Further along the coast at Rhyl the sea did breach the defences and many homes were flooded.

And now for some photographs, after all that’s what Say It With A Camera is about.

Gone Fishin'

In the photograph above this guy was fishing on a really stormy day at Rhyl. If the wind is in the right direction incoming waves hit the curved sea wall and break up with these amazing plumes of spray. I don’t know about you but I think he was totally crazy to be still fishing. I’m using a zoom lens so I’m far enough back to be safe. Just after I took the one above a really big breaker came in and nearly swept him off his feet.

Stormy Seas

Under certain conditions those waves travel along the curve, creating a thunderous roaring sound, and if you are standing on the earthen bank you can really feel the ground vibrate.

Rhyl Seafront 4

The force behind these waves is so powerful, once again the only safe way to photograph close up like this is to stand back and use a zoom lens. Regular readers will know I have a golden rule. “No photograph is worth taking chances for”. I broke that rule last year and ended up in the Emergency Department, thankfully it wasn’t serious but I had a lucky escape.

52/2013 Week 49

Back to Prestatyn. Where those waves are breaking over is part of the North Wales Coastal Path. People regularly walk and cycle there, even at normal high tides. High winds, the right on-shore conditions and exceptional Spring Tides all contribute to a damaging force that very quickly can turn to coastal flooding. I’m standing on a small hill, behind me is the town of Prestatyn, but it’s in a dip. Flooding is inevitable if the sea defences break down, as they did in Rhyl.

Talking of high Spring Tides. In the photograph below you are looking at the Talacre Beach Car-Park. Talacre is where I go to photograph the Lighthouse. The incoming Spring Tide comes round behind to sand dunes to my right and floods the salt marsh. If the tide is high enough it will also flood the car-park and continue away to the left behind the sand dunes


Of course what this means is that you can get cut-off by the tide. In the photograph below, which is just beyond the far left of the photograph above, you can see someone with a check shirt waiting it out. They’ve been cut off and will have to spend a few hours there till the tide recedes.

Weekly Photo Challenge: My Neighbourhood - 11

In reality it’s not as bad as that as long as you know the area. Climb the fence to the left, walk along the sand dunes for about half a mile and you can get onto drier ground. But you have to know the area to do that.

That’s it for this week and as usual feel free to leave comments.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Intricate

One of the reasons I like photographing old churches is that you see many intricate patterns in the floors, stained glass windows, the stone and wood carvings.

Gloucester Cathedral Cloister

They often prove a challenge to photograph and sometimes I much prefer the simplicity of the simple old stone churches that can be found here in North Wales.

Photography has an amazing ability to capture the fine detail of surface textures. But far too often these intricate patterns are loved by the photographer for their own sake. The richness of texture fascinates the eye and the photographer falls easy prey to such quickly-caught complexities. The designs mean nothing in themselves and are merely pictorially attractive abstractions. A central problem in contemporary photography is to bring about a wider significance in purely textural imagery. – Arthur Tress

On my travels in Gloucestershire I found this amazing little 12th century. Quite simple inside with paintings of saints, coats of arms and hunting scenes from the 13th century.

Hailes Church

Although they are simple paintings there are many intricate patterns to be seen but compared to the photograph from Gloucester Cathedral above or Tewkesbury Abbey below, they really are very simple.

The Abbey Floor

I love the tiled floor at Tewkesbury but as Arthur Tress says it’s all too easy to get caught up by the intricate patterns and ruin a good photograph.

So I’m going to ask you a question…”what captures your eye the most in this photograph?”

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Salford Quays

At 03:30 in the morning I was standing outside Media City in Salford Quays getting ready to take a photograph. It was cold, about 2OC and to make matters worse the Magnesium Alloy body of my camera, designed to work at temperatures as low as –10OC, seemed to be absorbing the cold, making my hands feel colder still. Thank goodness for Remote Controls and a Tripod.

MediaCityUK sits on the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal in Salford and Trafford, Greater Manchester, England. As you can guess it is in use by Media Organisations, including the BBC and ITV (a commercial TV company). The land was previous in use as part of the Port of Manchester and Manchester Docks.

Media City Salford

When the dockyards closed in 1982 Salford Quays became one of the first and largest urban regeneration projects in the United Kingdom.

Part of the regeneration has seen housing, a shopping mall, museums, theatre, galleries, cafe’s, bars, sporting venues, business premises and hotels being built.


Every 12 minutes throughout the day you can hop on a Manchester Metrolink tram which will take you into Manchester city centre.

Night Reflections

I could have spent longer here and I intend to go back, but not at 03:30 in the morning. At that time it’s too cold and many of the well known buildings weren’t lit up so I was limited in what I could photograph.

Sunrise At Talacre

After the early morning trip to the Airport I was standing outside Media City in Salford Quays at 03:30 in the morning taking night photographs. More on that in another post. On the way home it looked like I was going to miss what was looking like a really good sunrise and I was cursing myself for leaving Media City so late.

But as luck would have it, although the sky was starting to lighten, it still hadn’t started to colour the sky and I was starting to think that my post a few weeks back about unpredictable sunrises was coming true.

Anyway I decided to detour to the beach, just in case. I’m glad I did. I mean look at this.

Talacre Sunrise

What more could I ask for, beautiful colours and I was able to keep the lighthouse in silhouette.

Better still the tide was out and I was able to get this reflection as well.

Sunrise at Talacre

By now I was really cold, an hour and a half spent at Media City in the early morning, coupled with my hour on the beach and it was time to go home.

All I can say is I’m lucky to have seen this and I’m glad I took the decision to detour.

52 in 2015 Week 18 Shadow

This week I have managed to get the 52 challenge completed before Saturdays’ deadline. How good is that? I was toying with what to photograph this week and as luck would have it I found myself on Talacre Beach just as the sun was rising. More on that in another post. So with the sun low on the horizon I was able to get some really long shadows just perfect for this weeks challenge.

52 in 2015 Week 18 Shadow

Behind me the sky was aglow with shades of orange, yellow, red and purple and the this was being reflected in the sand in the dunes. The 52 challenge allows us to enter two photographs to the group pool but we can only enter one of those for judging. For me, the next photograph is the one I like the best.

52 in 2015 Week 18 Shadow

To get the best definition in the shadows I decided to make this one Black and White. What do you think? Does it work?

As an aside you will see that i have changed the blog theme. It’s nice to refresh things now and again. The photographs you see will be slightly smaller but if you click on any of them you will be taken to my Flickr account where you can see the photograph in a larger size.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Motion

Just when we thought the weather had changed for the better we’re back to wintry conditions again. Not good considering I’ve got an early morning photography trip planned for tomorrow. When I say early morning I mean 3;30am. I’m dropping someone off at Manchester Airport so I thought I’d take advantage and spend a good few hours until sunrise at Salford Quays. There are a lot of buildings along with bridges which are lit up so I should get some great nigh time photographs.

Anyway to this weeks challenge. I had a think about it and decided to show some photographs from an air show I attended some time ago.

Wing Walking

First up is the Breitling Wing Walkers. They always put on a great show and it fascinates me that the two females can stay there and not have a hair out-of-place. Maybe they glue it down? Seriously though to perform whilst the aircraft is being thrown about the sky is amazing and all I can say is they must have very strong stomachs. I know I would be having a conversation with Huey if I was in their place.

Why anyone would want to jump out of a perfectly serviceable plane is another one of the wonders from the aviation world. Yet some people take great delight in doing it. Not only that they show-off on the way down……

Showing The Flag

…and what about these guys.

Fly By

OK so you’re a good pilot…but do you really have to play chicken with another good pilot? I mean these guys are close but I’m sure they have rehearsed this manoeuvre time and time again.

Well that’s it for this week. As usual feel free to comment, I’ll always reply.

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