Weekly Photo Challenge: Depth

For this weeks challenge photograph I’m doing a bit of lateral thinking, or, maybe I’m just trying to make a photograph fit the theme again.

Ponies

There has been a reasonably heavy fall of snow in the Snowdonia National Park but with strong winds a lot has blown off the upper parts of the mountains meaning that at the lower levels it’s deep. Welsh wild ponies who roam the hills here are in search of food and we found them higher up the valley where grass and roots are exposed. This is the first time i have ever seen them at this level and surprisingly we were able to get quite close, even stroke some of them, maybe they thought we would feed them.

A great photo happens when a photographer sees a situation unfolding in front of them that evokes an emotion that the photographer feels deep down, in the middle of their chest. And in a split second, they then make a conscious choice of exposure, lens, depth of field, lighting, body language, composition, etc., and releases the shutter. The film is then processed, scanned, laid out on a page, printed on a press, driven across town to the newspaper carrier who throws it on some guy’s porch, who then opens the newspaper and looks down at that photo … and if that guy gets the same feeling deep down in the middle of his chest that the photographer did when they viewed the situation in the first place, they have made a great photo. – Anonymous

I’m not sure that it’s a great photograph, I can see plenty wrong with it but I am pleased that I managed to capture these magnificent little animals in their natural habit.

This week is a short one from me. I hope you like the photograph as much as I do.

52 in 2015 Week 5 Song or Book

This weeks 52 is to make a photograph fit a song, book or the words from either. Maybe it’s the other way round? I mean you can take any photograph and I’m sure you will be able to find something that will fit. Anyway you can submit one photograph for judging and one to the group photo pool in any week. Previously I have only show the photograph that I have submitted for judging but this week I will show you both.

52 in 2015 Week 5 Song Or Book

The weather has been cold and I know the mountains in the National Park are covered in snow again. Some roads have been closed so I’m staying on the coast this week. Although it’s not obvious from the photograph there was a bitter cold northerly wind blowing on the beach, straight off the sea, so I didn’t intend hanging around to take photographs. I’ve spoken about Talacre lighthouse before so I won’t say anything about it, other than a lot more rocks have been exposed around the base due to winter storms. Unusually for me I’m not shooting for HDR. The Olympus is able to handle the light conditions and since I have got it I’ve been trying to wean myself off shooting HDR for landscapes.

Oh! I never said what song I have made this photograph fit. Well “The Lighthouse”, written by Ronnie Hinson, is one of Southern Gospel Music’s Greatest Hits according to a website devoted to Southern Gospel Music lyrics. See how easy it is to make a photograph fit.

Ten Green Bottles” is a song that is popular in the United Kingdom. In essence, the song is a single verse repeated, each time with one bottle fewer:

Ten green bottles hanging on the wall,
Ten green bottles hanging on the wall,
And if one green bottle should accidentally fall,
There’ll be nine green bottles hanging on the wall.
Source Wikipedia

52 in 2015 Week 5 Song or Book

OK! This is stretching it a bit but it’s sort of green. I know it’s not hanging on a wall but it is one bottle and that is in the lyrics. Like I said it’s easy to make a photograph fit a theme.

Two photographs; which one would you submit for judging?

Weekly Photo Challenge: Express Yourself

It’s no secret that most of my photography in recent years has been from the beautiful Snowdonia National Park, here in North Wales. So it seems appropriate for a subject like Express Yourself that I use photographs from my visits to the National Park.

Llyn Padarn

Llyn Padarn was formed when glaciers carved out this part of North Wales. Approximately 2 miles (3.2 km) long, which makes it one of the largest natural lakes in Wales, it’s deepest point is about 94 feet (29 m). At the furthest end of the lake, from where I am standing, Llyn Padarn is linked to Llyn Peris which forms the lower reservoir of the Dinorwig power station. Also at the far end of the lake and to the right lies the village of Llanberis. – Source Wikipedia

Another favourite place of mine to visit is the Ogwen Valley which is bordered one side by the Glyderau mountain range and on the other by the Carneddau.

Llyn Ogwen

At the far end of the lake the Afon Ogwen descends in a series of cataracts and waterfalls, known as the Ogwen Falls in English and Rhaeadr Ogwen in Welsh, before continuing in a north-north-westerly direction down the glaciated Nant Ffrancon valley.

Let There Be Light

The scenery is so amazing, no matter what season in the National Park. I’ve photographed in Winter when the snow is deep, beautiful balmy late Summer days when the heather is in full bloom, Autumn when the hills are blanketed with the oranges and reds of ferns and Spring when the young lambs have arrived. It’s my kind of place where I’m happy to be with my camera.

Further down the valley the Afon Ogwen tumbles over rocks and with moss-covered stones gives a great splash, (excuse the pun) of green and white

Afon Ogwen

I hope you have enjoyed this series of photographs and in closing I’d like to leave you this quote by Freeman Patterson

The camera always points both ways. In expressing your subject, you also express yourself.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Serenity

I took this photograph a long time ago, October 1st 2006. I remember it well, sitting on a beach in Florida watching the sun go down. The sky was amazing as Florida sunsets can be and that’s why I have used it as the background for the lonely and deserted Uphill beach in the UK. Yes! It’s a composite image made from two separate photographs.

Weekly Photo Challenge - Serenity

In the original image the sun was setting but the sky never really coloured up with those lovely red, oranges, yellows and purples that can really make a great sunset photograph. One good thing, I had metered the scene and set the camera to give me a silhouette against the setting sun, which never really happened.

During the winter this particular beach is very peaceful and quiet when we lived in North Somerset it was one of our favourite dog walks and that’s why I have chosen it for the Weekly Photo Challenge.

Composite portraits are absolute quackery! What next, composite landscapes? – Anonymous – The Photographic News, London 1888

The Free Dictionary describes a Composite Photograph as a photograph formed by superimposing two or more separate photographs. It’s nothing new as you can see from the enclosed quote which appeared in the Photographic News almost one hundred and thirty years ago. Indeed search for Composite Photographs and I’m sure you’ll search engine will return loads of hits, especially for Composite Tutorials.

But my question is: Photograph or Image? I have my own particular view on this and I’d like hear yours.

52 in 2015 Week 3 Silhouette

Week 3 already and another hard week to try to get a photograph. Weather has been the hampering feature. Poor light, grey skies, bitter cold, gale force winds, not ideal for standing outside with a camera. But last Friday the skies cleared a little in the late afternoon and I took myself down to the seafront hoping to maybe catch the setting sun and a silhouette. In the end I came up with two and I must admit this first one is just bordering on the edge of being a silhouette, but nevertheless it fills the brief.

52 in 2015 Week 3 Silhouette

Although the skies had cleared, providing some good light, it was still bitter cold with the wind blowing off the sea. With the tide on the way in as well I didn’t have a lot of time to shoot on Friday afternoon. But wrapped up well I hung around to take both these photographs.

52 in 2015 Week 3 Silhouette

This is more of a silhouette and with the sun starting to dip it was getting colder and colder. By now the sea was creeping in behind and in front of me so it was definitely time to get off the beach before I got my feet wet.

There you have it, Week 3 completed, only another 49 to go. Next week look out for an opening in a door or window, maybe a hole in a fence. I have some ideas but once again it all depends on the weather