Ellen Hopkins once said “Memory is a tenuous thing, like a rainbow’s end, or a camera with a failing lens”. I don’t have a camera with a failing lens and my memory is still pretty good for most things. Now I knew I had photographs, that would fit the theme, in my vast collection that I’ve taken over the years but how was I going to find them? Simple really I keyword all of my catalogued photographs with location data, dominant colours, word like sunset, mountains, sea, sand, beach and sometimes subject.i.e lighthouse, aircraft etc.
My first image is of the Hong Kong skyline during the nightly light show. It’s amazing to watch and if you ever get to Hong Kong make sure you get down to the waterfront on the mainland side to see it.
On the Dee Estuary is a small harbour called Greenfields Dock. It is thought that there has been maritime activity here since before the Romans occupied Britain and there is proof that there was a Roman settlement in the area. Looking at it now it’s hard to believe that it was once a busy port with up to 40 vessels using it. When the legend of Saint Winifred spread many pilgrims wanted to visit the Holy Well and Basingwerk Abbey which where nearby and a ferry service was established across the estuary between Lancashire and Greenfield Dock. In the 18th century the slave trade played an important part in the development of Greenfield Dock. At the time Liverpool was the main slaving port of Great Britain. Copper goods shipped from Greenfield went to Africa and were used as currency. Other goods were shipped to Liverpool and from there to Africa to be used in exchange for slaves. The slaves ended up in America where they were exchanged for raw cotton. This cotton was shipped back to Liverpool, where some of this was then imported back through Greenfield to cotton mills located in Greenfield Valley.
My final photograph is of an under road walkway in the town of Conwy. There’s nothing spectacular about it. But when I saw it I liked the colours and thought I’ve got to photograph that. Have you ever done that? Seen something unremarkable but thought I need to photograph it?
That’s it for this week. I hope you enjoyed the photographs and as usual feel free to comment, ask question or generally say I like that one.
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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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
That’s it for me this week. Hopefully I will be able to save this on-line and get it published.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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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