Weekly Photo Challenge: Off Season

I’ve just got back from a week’s vacation in deepest darkest North Wales, the part where they speak Welsh as their first language and English second. I love to hear Welsh spoken. Can’t understand a word, well maybe the odd one, but I’ve never found it a problem yet. Anyway to this weeks challenge and I must say I’m struggling with this one. Trying to find some photographs that fits the theme OFF SEASON is proving hard. But searching through my back catalogue I finally found something, I hope.

Weekly Photo Challenge - Off Season

What I find interesting about this photograph is that in our ever-increasing “elfin safety” environment there looks like a decided lack of it here. Maybe to get the job done properly they have decided to work without safety belts, hard hats etc.

Sorry this is a short one but I hope you enjoy the photograph.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Vivid

For this weeks challenge I’m going to go back in my Flickr Archive. I have 1712 photographs stored on Flickr. Some you have probably never seen before so I’m going to dig deep and find the vivid ones.

One of the great things about using Windows Live Writer and a plugin called Flickr4Writer is that I can write my posts off-line, embed my photographs from Flickr, correctly sized for my blog theme, and when I’m ready I can then publish to WordPress.

Spell checking, grammar, categories, tags etc are all completed in WLW. It really makes life easier. Anyway to the photographs.

Hong Kong Skyline

Every night in Hong Kong there is a multimedia show called “A Symphony of Lights” which vividly lights up the harbour, just over 40 buildings and the skies. I’ll be in Hong Kong in December. Guess what I’ll be doing some nights?

Clydeport, Greenock  is a natural deep water port, accessible 24/7, capable of berthing cruise ships of all sizes.. I photographed the three cranes as the sun was setting, providing that beautiful orange glow to the overall photograph.

Clydeport Greenock

Staying on the River Clyde but moving on to Glasgow. The Clyde Arc is one of the new bridges that span the River Clyde. This was one of the first photographs I ever sold.

The Clyde Arc

At the moment I’m sitting in a Terrace Café overlooking Harlech Castle in Wales. It’s one of the few  places I can get a decent internet connection whilst I’m in this beautiful part of North Wales.. Although strictly not a very vivid view I thought I’d include it just to show you where I am at the moment.

Harlech Castle

That’s it for me this week. Hopefully I will be able to save this on-line  and get it published.

Here goes……..

52 in 2015 Week 23 Long Exposure

Wikipedia describes Long Exposure Photography as;

Long-exposure photography or time-exposure photography involves using a long-duration shutter speed to sharply capture the stationary elements of images while blurring, smearing, or obscuring the moving elements. Long-exposure photography captures one element that conventional photography does not: time.

Yesterday I was in the Snowdonia National Park. My plan was to stop off in Betws-y-Coed to get my long exposure photographs and then later take a walk in the National Park. For reasons explained in another post that didn’t happen so I did the long exposures in the National Park instead.

52 in 2015 Week 23 Long Exposure

Moving water is probably one of the easiest things to capture. Slow the exposure down enough and the water turns milky and rather opaque. But is it real?

A snapshot steals life that it cannot return. A long exposure [creates] a form that never existed. – Dieter Appelt,

My own personal feeling is that it’s OK as a novelty now and again but it really does not look natural. What do you think?

My second photograph was taken at the base of Tryfan, which is a mountain located in the Ogwen Valley, one of my favourite photography spots in the Snowdonia National Park. Tryfan is one of the most recognisable peaks in Britain and forms part of the Glyderau group. At 917.5 m (3,010 ft) above sea level it has a distinctive classic pointed shape with rugged crags.

Long Exposure 52 in 2015 Week 23

I don’t know why but I decided this looked better in Black and White compared to the colour version. It seems to portray a dark and foreboding mountain. In this photograph the exposure was long enough to smear the clouds which were moving reasonably fast yesterday. Do you think Black and White does this mountain and photograph justice?

Weekly Photo Challenge: On The Way

Yesterday the weather finally changed. Brilliant sunshine, a light breeze, blue skies and light puffy clouds. Perfect for a photography walk in the Snowdonia National Park.

Regular readers will know I am again taking part in a 52 challenge which is hosted on Flickr. So on the way to the National Park I decided to kill two birds with one stone and stop off in Betws-y-Coed to photograph the waterfall using a 10 Stop ND Filter which will give me a nice long exposure.

Flowing River

Well that didn’t happen. Too many people around, at least 3 school parties, being silly as well and I was worried that my camera and tripod might be knocked over. Have you ever had that happen to you? You visit somewhere with full intentions of taking a specific photograph and change your mind . So instead I just photographed the river before it went tumbling over the larger rocks a bit further on and decided to head on into the National Park.

On the way back to the car-park I came across this nice young man who was busy blowing bubbles. He was kind enough to let me photograph him and it really was too good an opportunity to miss


That’s it for this week. As usual feel free to comment on anything you have seen or read here.

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52 in 2015 Week 22 Birds

Right! I’ve got some time to devote to this subject so I’ve managed to get a couple of photographs.

At this time of the year the chicks have left the nest and are being taught by their parents to find food. They are still reliant on their parents in many ways but the can now fly and forage.


Starlings are voracious. This fat block along with 6 fat and seed balls were gone in less than two hours. A flock of starlings descended on my garden and during the time they were there all we heard was noisy squabbling as they fought for possession of the food.

Here you can see an adult bird and three young ones having a go at each other.

Yesterday I was on Talacre beach practicing long exposures, for next weeks challenge, with a 10 stop ND filter attached to the 12-40mm f2.8 PRO lens. Although most people say you can’t focus through a 10 stop filter – you have to do it before you add the filter, I’ve found the Olympus E-M1 does in LiveView. Not only that I don’t have to calculate the exposure times either. I just watch the histogram, as the photograph builds, until I have the correct exposure.

Anyway, I digress. This is all about birds, not lighthouses but underneath the lighthouse I found this little Turnstone.


It was badly injured, I didn’t hold out much hope for it. We do have Marsh Harriers hunting along the estuary and I’m wondering if it had been attacked by one of them, or perhaps a gull.

That wraps it up for this weeks challenge. As usual feel free to comment.