In Search Of Autumn Colours

First of all please look at the photographs full size. You can do that by clicking on them and you will see a better resolution as well.

Here in our little part of North Wales Autumn is finally making itself present and we are beginning to see the trees assume some really nice colours.  According to the weather guru’s Thursday was looking like a good day to go in search of those colours.  So a quick call to,  Adrian Evans, a photographer buddy of mine and a day out was arranged.

First stop, Llyn Crafnant, where the wind was blowing nice and strong and boy was it a cold bitter wind. But there’s was the occasional break in the clouds were the sun was coming through, lighting the hills up in the distance. some nice colours but maybe another week or so.

Llyn Crafnant

On the road back down from Llyn Crafnant you have to go through the forest. By now the sun was really out , lighting up those orange and greens with a beautiful warm glow. I’m sure it didn’t look like this on the way up to Llyn Crafnant, but I’m not complaining.

Autumn Leaves

Before heading into Betws-y-Coed, now there’s a great Welsh name, we stopped off at the Grey Mare Falls. Nothing particularly exciting, as we haven’t had a lot of rain recently. Instead I settled for the view away from the falls. It just looked more enchanting. All I needed at this point was to find a fairy sitting on one of the rocks. What you don’t believe in fairies? Are you sure…..?

52 in 2015 Week 43 Texture

My final photograph is the stone bridge over the Afon Conwy on the Betws-y-Coed to Blaenau Ffestiniog road. I’ve passed over this bridge hundreds of ties and never noticed the view here.

Reflections

Well that’s it. Autumn is starting to show here and if you live in the Northern Hemisphere it must be time to get out and seek those colours.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Extraordinary

There are so many things I could say are extraordinary. Living on the coast, the power of the sea, especially when we have a storm. Behind that small wall and about four feet lower is a road which runs along the seafront.

Storm Surge

Can you see that little green marker about one-third of the way down on the left hand side of the photograph at the top of the page. Here’s the same one when the tide is out. Which brings me to another of my extra ordinaries. We get some really great sunsets here. Who doesn’t like a sunset?.

Reflections

I know I do. I suppose we are extremely lucky to witness sunsets like this and with a big wide open beach which stretches for 8.5 miles (13.7 km) along our part of the coast it’s easy to capture those amazing skies.

Rhyl Sunset

Further along the coast at Rhyl the markers are different but they serve the same purpose. To warn shipping that’s far enough. At Prestatyn, they mark the groyne’s, made of rock piles, to break up the action of the waves. Not much use when you have an extra high tide and a storm surge. You can just see them in the photograph below.

Reaching High

I am not very interested in extraordinary angles. They can be effective on certain occasions, but I do not feel the necessity for them in my own work. Indeed, I feel the simplest approach can often be most effective. A subject placed squarely in the centre of the frame, if attention is not distracted from it by fussy surroundings, has a simple dignity which makes it all the more impressive. – Bill Brandt

Oops! Never noticed it before, but i forgot to clone out the dust spots from my sensor. Can you see them?

My favourite sunset spot. Talacre and the lighthouse. Now this gets really lonely, especially in the winter months, when there are no tourists.

Talacre Beach Sunset

A few more storm photographs to finish. The sea defences are shaped to break up the waves hitting the seafront. Sometimes when the wind is in the “right direction” waves will hit at an angle. This causes these funny shaped waves which travel along the front. There’s a tremendous roaring sound but less damage is done by the force of the waves. Or I think that’s the theory.

Rhyl Seafront 4

Compare that to this full frontal wave which nearly swept this guy off his feet. Would you fish there in those conditions.

Gone Fishin'

A word of caution here. Never get close to breaking waves like these. They are unpredictable and it’s easy to get swept away. Although it looks as though I was close. I’m not. I’m using an extreme zoom lens, which lets me stand well back and take the photographs relatively safely.

That’s it for this week and as usual here’s what other blogger are saying about this weeks challenge. Please take the time to click the links. You might enjoy what you read, I know I did.

https://adimpleate.wordpress.com/2015/10/16/the-bee-is-not-afraid-of-me/
https://tangents1896.wordpress.com/2015/10/16/extraordinary-meditation/
https://tomwarrenphoto.wordpress.com/2015/10/16/extraordinary-colors/
https://belohorizontedailyphoto.wordpress.com/2015/10/16/wp-weekly-photo-challenge-extra-ordinary/
https://emmafeath.wordpress.com/2015/10/17/weekly-photo-challenge-extraordinary/
https://dawnblanchard.wordpress.com/2015/10/17/weekly-photography-challenge-extraordinary/
https://janeluriephotography.wordpress.com/2015/10/17/extraordinary-in-monochrome/
https://carolynsonlinemagazine.wordpress.com/2015/10/17/photographing-mundane-beauty/
https://dmander.wordpress.com/2015/10/19/the-rusty-seaside-bench-the-writing-on-the-wall/
https://venturesinphotos.wordpress.com/2015/10/19/responding-to-the-daily-post/

52 in 2015 Week 42 In A Row

Bit of a loose interpretation of the theme this week. On Wednesday I visited Lower Heswall on the Wirral. That’s in England. If I was standing at Talacre Lighthouse I’d just about see it as it’s on the opposite side of the estuary to me. Unlike Talacre, which has long sandy beaches, all you get are mud flats and marsh. Thick cloying mud, “welly boot” country. But the attraction for me was the number of old and abandoned boats that can be photographed.

52 in 2015 Week 42 In A Row (2)

One thing though. You have to watch the tide. I was amazed how fast the tide moves on the estuary. To give an example, I was photographing a boat on the mud flats. There’s a deep muddy gutter, you can just see it, top right of this photograph. Well suddenly the boats in gutter started swinging round on their moorings and as I looked at the jetty just to the side of me it was under about three-foot of water. Time to get off those flats, damn quick.

Meols Beach, pronounced Melz is a sandy beach just a little bit further up the coast. It’s still “welly boot” country though as there is a fine layer of mud on top of the sand. Maybe it dries out once the tide has gone out fully.

52 in 2015 Week 42 In A Row

The trip to the Wirral was really just an exploratory one in preparation for visiting at sunset. So now all I need is low tide and sunset to be in conjunction.

52 in 2015 Week 41Night Photography

I’ve been waiting for this one for some time as it gives me the motivation to try the Live Composite Mode on my camera.  For an explanation of Live Composite have a look at the video I’ve included at the end of this post.

Anyway to this weeks photographs. I’ve got two for sharing this week. The first was taken using the Live Composite Mode of the Olympus OM-D E-M1

52 in 2015 Week 41 Night Photography

Using this mode I was able to capture vehicle lights as they travelled over the Afon Clwyd bridge at Rhyl. Incidentally, this photograph tied with another for best photograph of the week for the 52 in 2015 Group on Flickr.

The next photograph was a straight night shot of the Pont y Ddraig, a pedestrian swing bridge across Rhyl Harbour.

Pont y Ddraig

Finally here’s the video of Live Composite Mode

52 in 2015 Week 40 Food And Drink

This week I was at a wedding and to make sure I was not classed as an “Uncle Bob” I just took my little Samsung Pocket Camera with me.

52 in 2015 Week 40 Food

First of all I am not a professional photographer, I have no desire to be and I certainly don’t want to get in the way of the official tog doing his thing. So photography for me was kept to the minimum, mainly family around the table. The sort of things the official guy  is not interested in.

I couldn’t resist this though. Found the stickers, left over from a McMillan Coffee Morning, which must have been held at the reception venue, and a quick “snap” later. I’ve got my photograph.

It’s not the greatest photograph but I can tell you that the cake was absolutely yummy.