52 in 2015 Week 30 Sport

People just don’t want their photographs taken nowadays. This weeks 52 in 2015 challenge is sport and I had a hard time convincing someone to allow me to take their photograph. Despite asking politely I got a lot of bad-tempered replies so I was left with no option but to go into “sneaky” mode for this one.

52 in 2015 Week 30 Sport

I like to get emotion in a photo. I like it when people laugh at a picture – or react with tears. A sports image works when people don’t have to read the caption. – Bernard Brault

Our local golf course runs along side the coastal path. Strictly speaking I don’t need permission to take a photograph of someone but I do like to ask. However in this instance…….

That’s it. as always the 52 challenges are very quick posts but I hope you like the photograph and as there’s no caption I leave the rest to you.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Beneath My Feet.

In pursuit of my photography I suppose you could say I’ve had many places beneath my feet. Earlier this week I was in Cwmorthin again. Clear blue skies, sun baking down, not a breath of air. Far too hot and terrible light. Believe it or not conditions like that don’t make for good photography. There’s no shade, everything is lit with the same harsh light and generally photographs just look flat because there’s no contrast.

Cworthin Terrace

Not a great photograph. Be honest! Don’t you agree? Hey! I’m not fishing for compliments or anything like that. Just compare this one to last weeks post. Look at the difference…

Anyway this week when Cheri introduced this weeks challenge subject she mentioned MESH which allows you to create photo galleries, effortlessly. Now then, at the moment it’s still in its infancy so I’ve seen a few teething problems, but I thought I’d include a MESH of some of the paces that have been underneath my feet over the years.

You are going to see problems, some of the photographs seem to zoomed in or cut off at the sides.  For some reason I can’t add captions, I’d have liked to have been able to do that. As an application for galleries it might just work if they can sort out the initial teething problems.

Here’s what others are saying about this weeks challenge.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Beneath Your Feet

Beneath my feet, beside my feet

The Daily Post: Beneath Your Feet

Weekly Photo Challenge: Inspiration

Doesn’t time fly? I’ve been busy this week, what with a trip into the National Park combined with a one to one photography session, a good walk and then working through some lessons on Luminosity Masks.

So busy that I’ve not been checking emails and I suddenly realised that it’s Friday morning and I haven’t even started this weeks challenge post. So what inspires me? Nowadays it has to be the beautiful scenery we have in the Snowdonia National Park.

Pen yr Ole Wen

A this time of the year the grass is nice and green and the heather is just starting to bloom. Walking trails become eroded and dry out, the white stones stand out from the lush green grass

Steps to Tryfan

Of course, there will always be those who look only at technique, who ask “how,” while others of a more curious nature will ask “why.” Personally, I have always preferred inspiration to information. – Man Ray

Padarn Tree

I chose nature photography as a way of capturing and sharing the beauty, power, and fragility of wild places and the life that inhabits them, so that those who have become mired in the man-made chaos may open their eyes to the real world. – Guy Tal

I love nature photography, fresh air, sun (sometimes), a good walk accompanied by a camera. What more could you ask for?


Whilst I’m out walking, it gives me time to think, to achieve an inner calm, to appreciate nature. The remoteness, especially in parts of the National Park always amaze me. Hard to think that not much more than 15 minutes walk from where I’m standing to take this photograph is a busy main road which cuts through the National Park.

My goal as a person and, consequently, as a photographer, is to witness, participate in, and hopefully share the delicate beauty of wilderness – those moments in time when nature and spirit transcend the make-believe world of politics, economics, religious squabbles, fleeting fashion, mass “entertainment,” and other means of wasting the precious gift of thought and inspiration we are each endowed with. – Guy Tal

That’s it for this week. A bit later than I intended. I said I was busy. It’s now late afternoon and I’ve just got back from another photo session on Talacre Beach, site of my favourite lighthouse, so now I’m really behind schedule.

Anyway, here’s what other have said about this weeks challenge.

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Secret Valley

First of all, let me say, if you ever want to look at a larger photograph, just click on it. You’ll be taken to my Flickr photo stream.

There’s a hidden valley in North Wales where the scenery is quite beautiful. Where is it? Shhhh! That’s a secret.

Access to the valley is up an old quarry track, passing by a waterfall on your way.


Following the path, which has quite a steep climb before it levels out, you will eventually reach the valley floor at 1072ft. Fortunately at the start of your climb, from where you can park a car you’re already at 880ft, so it’d not too far.

One of the first buildings you will see is the Terrace. Built about 1860 and consisted of 8 houses. Five more house were built in 1870. The census of 1871 recorded that there were 32 people living in the row of houses.

Cwmorthin Terrace

Just opposite the Terrace is the lake which more or less stretches along about three-quarters of the valley. From the photograph you see here, the Terrace is situated to the left .

Llyn Cwmorthin

From the Terrace I started to follow a path to the left around the side of the lake. Eventually I came to this old building which used to be a chapel. It was built about 1867 to accommodate 100 worshippers. Sadly, like all the buildings in the secret valley, it’s now a ruin. Notice the slate fence, lining the path.

Cwmorthin Chapel

Carry on up the valley and you’ll come to the stables which housed the ponies who were used in the quarry. Look closely and you can see the chapel in the distance.

Rhosydd Stables

Just behind the stables is another Terrace which was built between 1865 and 1881. Here’s an interesting fact. These houses were not big. The chimney to the wall at the far right was the size of a house. Trust me I’ve stood in one, they really are small. Incredibly, No 1 housed 13 occupants, John Williams, his wife Elizabeth, six sons, three daughters. That’s eleven people. The other two? Believe it or not, they were lodgers.

Cwmorthin Valley

The path I’m standing on leads to the quarry further up the hill. It rises steeply as you can probably see. Fine to walk on during the summer months, but I’d hate to attempt it in the winter when the snow was down. Yet the quarrymen did, nearly every day of the year. There were few holidays in those days.

Just below is another view of the Terrace near the quarry.

Rhosydd Terrace

There are other buildings in the valley which I did pay a visit to. But like the ones I’ve shown you they’re also ruins. so I’ve not included any photographs.

I hope you enjoyed this little visit to a secret valley in North Wales.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Close Up

Several years ago we planted a couple of Lavender Bushes in the front garden. Right from the start they became a bee magnet and this year is no exception. Our buzzy,-buzzy friends are busy doing what bees do and making a lot of noise whilst they do it. But I wouldn’t have it any other way. So for this weeks challenge I give you the buzzy-buzzy bee.

Buzzy Bee

In recent years a study has shown that bees are in decline in the UK. Maybe one day these photographs, and others like them, will be the only evidence that bees ever existed. I certainly hope not. Anyway, here’s another one…..

Honey Bee

Beautiful aren’t they? I’m off to sit in the garden and listen to the droning of their wings as the flit from flower to flower.

Here’s what others are saying about this weeks challenge;

Close-Up (Weekly Photo Challenge

52 in 2015 Week 29 Architecture

Liverpool is an exciting city with all different types of architecture, which makes it my choice photography venue for this weeks challenge.

52 in 2015 Week 29 Architecture

Black and White, is for me, an obvious choice for showing this weeks photographs. I wonder how many times this window has been photographed. It’s situated in the Museum of Liverpool and there is a winding staircase leading up to it. The museum allows photography and I have seen countless photographers featuring this in their shoot for the day.

Over at Liverpool One there is this criss-cross canopy hanging over the shopping area. I liked it right from the start and was glad I was able to photograph it. In many shopping malls photography is banned, therefore, I checked before firing off the shutter, so I guess I’m lucky here….

52 in 2015 Week 29 Architecture(2)

That’s it. A couple of simple photographs – Mike

Black and White

Sometimes colour just doesn’t work. Yesterday I was down on the beach again. Same grey skies, flat even light, no shadows, no highlights. Not ideal photography weather.

Rhyl Beach

So that’s why I decided to go Black and White with this one. Hope you like it?

Black and White Photography” does more to evoke an emotion and freeze a moment in time than any other medium. Looking back over the decades at such famous photographers as, Steigletz, Weston, Adams, and others has helped elevate Black and White Photography, to a Fine Art form. The subtle tones of greys, the strong emphasis of the Blacks, and the softness of the Whites makes one look much closer at the subject and composition due to the lack of natural colour. Emotions are always much easier to portray with Black and White, because of the stark contrasts and the sharp focus on the subject. – Bob Snell

I like Black and White. Not for every photograph, for me, the B&W has to be dramatic. Not the flat grey tones that you get if you just de-saturate a photograph. Dark shady areas, pure white regions. Something to look at.