52 in 2015 Week 14 House Of Worship

I have been a bit remiss in not including the 52 in 2015 posts to Say It With A Camera. Week 14 required a House of Worship an easy choice for me this week as we have more than our fair share of historic churches in North Wales. But let’s not make it too easy so I decided it was time to pay a visit to Llangelynnin church considered to be the remotest church in Wales. I’ve shown photographs from there before but I like the drive up the narrow lanes and at 900 feet you get a marvellous view over the Conwy Valley from a hill just to the side of the church.

LLangelynnin Church

As you can see the weather wasn’t that great. On the drive up to the church it was raining quite heavily with low-lying cloud but by the time I parked and started the walk to the church it had almost stopped raining. Llangelynnin is remote and I like it for that. You can hear the sheep on the hills, the wind moving the grass, even the rain falling. Best of all you don’t often see people, maybe the occasional walker and to me that’s perfect.

Standing up here on the hill away from all humans seeing these Wonders taking place before one’s eyes so silently it is queer to feel that beyond the hills there are Humans astir &  just the reverse of what one feels in watching the silence of Nature. No school no church is as good a teacher as the eye understandingly seeing what’s before it. I believe this more firmly than ever. – Alfred Stieglitz

The church is dedicated to Saint Celynin, who lived in the 6th century and probably established the first religious settlement at Llangelynnin.

Inside Llangelynnin Church

I love the simplicity of the church, no ornate stained glass, or a fancy altar. Just a stone floor, some wooden benches, plain glass windows and a few flowers, it’s one of my favourites of all the historic churches in the Conwy Valley.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Blur

Short one this week. There still doesn’t seem enough time in the day to fit everything in.

When I first started trying to photograph people in the streets I used to end up with a lot of photographs I could throw away. Why? Because I didn’t want confrontation and so I’d keep the camera at chest height, suspended round my neck by the strap and just press the shutter button as I walked along the street. Not ideal as I found out when I got home.

Blur

Sometimes they would be blurred, sometimes I would get them in focus but I hadn’t captured the full scene. i.e. I’d chopped someone at the neck.

A shutter working at a speed of one-fourth to one-twenty-fifth of a second will answer all purposes. A little blur in a moving subject will often aid to giving the impression of action and motion. – Alfred Stieglitz

Of course I never really throw anything away so I can still pull them up from my back catalogue, ideal for when we get weird subjects like this for the weekly challenge. Not only that I live in hope that one day Adobe will develop a plugin for Photoshop that takes care of blur and really works.

Do you keep every photograph you take, even the blurred ones?. I’d love to hear from you.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Ephemeral

Light beams shining through a window or breaking through clouds. What could be more ephemeral and as photographers sometimes we have just a second or two to capture the moment. That’s usually the time I have my camera switched off or I’m driving along a road where it’s not safe to stop.

For the camera, the creative moment is brief–a compelling, ephemeral collision of event and artist. Extreme awareness combined with unobtrusiveness becomes the contest the photographer must work within. – Ken Ruth

In effect you have to be in the right place at the right time to get that sometimes illusive shot. Or you could just cheat.

Light Beams

There are plenty of plugins or tutorials for Photoshop allowing you to add light beams in post processing. Is it ethical? I’ve argued this point before and we had a good discussion at the end of my previous blog post. In many ways I haven’t changed my mind since then but sometimes I like to play around in Photoshop adding elements to my original photograph. That’s how I learnt to use the software in the first place. Of course you may disagree with me and I’d like to hear your views.

Oh! And this photograph. Where the light beams captured by the camera or added in post processing?

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Fresh

Street photography is something new for me. It’s not in me to go photographing people, I prefer landscapes instead, less confrontational. After all people nowadays are much more aware of photographers, especially when you have a camera in your hand pointing straight at them. And that to me is the crux of things, I don’t fancy a punch in the nose. In an article on thephoblographer.com Julius Motal discusses “How to Avoid “Getting Punched in the Nose” in Street Photography”. Sound advice.

Wandering around Liverpool, another first for me, I’ve never visited Liverpool before. I was busy “snapping” everything I thought would make a good street photograph. How wrong I was.

Street Reflections

The best photographs I took where all of people going about their lives as normal, unaware that I was there.

Couple

I’m not sure what’s going on here. They’re not looking at each other. Maybe they’ve had an argument? Not like my next photograph. One man and his dog. If you stop to pose, you’re fair game.

Man and Dog

My next photograph caught the Street Photographer looking at his camera. He was doing similar to me. Just lurking, looking for potential targets, err, photo opportunities. I’ve no doubt he’s got me…..

Street Photographer

Finally for this weeks challenge, this was definitely a case of I’ve spotted you so fire away. I’m happy to pose and I can only say thank you.

Photograph Me

Now you might be thinking what has this got to do with Fresh. Simple really. It was my first time in Liverpool, a really great city, and the first time I had ever really gone out consciously to capture photographs of people going about their daily lives. All fresh to me.

52 in 2015 Week 13 Free Choice

A free choice this week and i can choose my subject. It’s been a while since I visited “the Duke” and as he’s only just down the road it seemed a good idea to go and pay my respects. Yesterday started off in typical fashion of the weather we have been experiencing recently; wet and windy. Not ideal for photography, but the weather prediction for what it’s worth, advised of clearing skies and sunny patches. Better.

Anyway to “the Duke”. What a state he is in, his age and neglect are really starting to show. Sure there have been some attempts to tart up this venerable old man but in my opinion they have failed miserably. I’ll leave you to judge if you think the same as me.

So without further ado, ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Duke of Lancaster

Duke of Lancaster

Once a railway steamer passenger ferry “the Duke” operated in Europe from 1956 to 1979. Today he is beached near Mostyn Docks, on the River Dee, north-east Wales. Lots of things have happened to “the Duke” since he was brought to Llanerch-y-Mor with the latest being to cover him in artwork from well-known street artists. When I visited yesterday it was obvious that someone had not done their homework. Rust is starting to break through and destroy the artwork. I might be wrong but since my last visit, well over a year ago, it looks like the colours are fading in the artwork as well. What a sorry state this venerable old man has gotten into.

On the way back from visiting “the Duke” I stopped off at Talacre. One thing about Talacre Beach, it’s fine on a sunny day but on a cold and very windy day it’s not the best place to be with a camera. The sand dries out very quickly once the tide has gone out and the wind quickly whips up a mini sandstorm. Not ideal for camera and lenses, even ones which are dust and weather-proof.

Talacre Lighthouse

Look to the left of the lighthouse. You can see the patterns created by the sand as it whips from left to right across the beach. Sand is everywhere, small patches of it are forming on the rocks but this is washed away when the tide comes in. However the shifting sand is starting to rebuild the dunes that were destroyed in last years storms, which is a good thing.

That’s it for this weeks challenge. I hope you enjoyed my visit to “the Duke” and I’d love to hear your thoughts on this venerable old man.