Why do I do it? After successfully completing 52’s in 2012 and 2013, I took a break in 2014 mainly due to work commitments. I must be a sucker for punishment, I’ve only gone and signed up for another 52 challenge for 2015. Each week a specific subject is chosen and the first weeks challenge is running now on Flickr. So if anyone is interested in taking part follow this link to the Flickr group, where you will find lots of information about the challenge themes and how to go about submitting entries.
It was an absolutely beautiful day and despite it being winter, relatively warm. Llyn Padarn when it is flat calm provides some amazing reflections of the mountains of Snowdonia, including Snowdon, which unfortunately today was just hidden by some cloud.
- 10 Secret Places To Discover In Snowdonia (killtheboredom.com)
Wikipedia describes Bokeh as,
In photography, bokeh (Originally /ˈboʊkɛ/, /ˈboʊkeɪ/ boh-kay — also sometimes heard as /ˈboʊkə/ boh-kə, Japanese: [boke]) is the blur, or the aesthetic quality of the blur, in out-of-focus areas of an image. Bokeh has been defined as “the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light”. However, differences in lens aberrations and aperture shape cause some lens designs to blur the image in a way that is pleasing to the eye, while others produce blurring that is unpleasant or distracting—”good” and “bad” bokeh, respectively. Bokeh occurs for parts of the scene that lie outside the depth of field. Photographers sometimes deliberately use a shallow focus technique to create images with prominent out-of-focus regions.
Bokeh is often most visible around small background highlights, such as specular reflections and light sources, which is why it is often associated with such areas. However, bokeh is not limited to highlights; blur occurs in all out-of-focus regions of the image.
Far too technical for me. For those interested, this is how I did it. The lights in the background are from a set of hazel branches which have LED’s attached to them and were about 4ft away from the Rose, which is in the foreground. Natural light was flooding the rose from the left hand side and I decided not to use flash or any other form of lighting.
As post-processing is allowed for the 52 challenges I re-coloured the image using Topaz Re-Style.
Just before the dire predictions of heavy snow, which never appeared, at least, not here in our little part of North Wales, I paid a visit to my favourite lighthouse. It was a beautiful day, lovely and sunny, almost no wind and with reasonably high tide expected I was hoping to get some different photographs of the lighthouse
The beach car-park was closed because of the high tide so I had to carry my gear across the dunes.
Walking across the dunes can be a great photo opportunity in itself. There’s a lot of wildlife living there and if you’re quiet, you can sometimes catch the wildlife unawares. I always have my camera out, ready to shoot off some photographs if I have to go this way. Although the dunes are quite hilly, with some big clumps of that spiky grass, there’s a well worn path, that leads directly to the lighthouse.
By the time I got down to the shore, the tide was getting very close to the edge of the dunes. However, it was on the turn and I expected it to be going out soon. That’s what I was waiting for. To photograph some of the objects washed up on the beach and keep the lighthouse in the background.
Walking along the beach I was attracted to this log straight away. The straw and seaweed helped to break-up the shape and by getting low I was able to include some of the detail on the beach as well.
Now, if you look to the far left of the image, about level with the lighthouse, you can just about see the next subject of interest to me. But I was going to have to wait until the tide went out a bit more.
It was worth the wait, though….and I’ve just spotted something I should have corrected before I posted this image. A wonky horizon. It’s sloping down from right to left
In previous photographs of the lighthouse that I have posted, like the one below, you can normally see the steps and the circular base with the sea hundreds of yards beyond the lighthouse.
With the tide in, you can’t access those steps, that is, unless you have a boat. Now here’s an interesting tale. The lighthouse has been up for sale for a good couple of years at an asking price of around £100,000. Rumour has it that someone has finally bought it and intends to turn it into a holiday home. I hope they appreciate that at certain times of the day they may well be cut off as the tide comes in and covers that all important access to the beach.
That’s it for this one. I’ve been looking at changing the blog theme, so next time you pop in to read something it may well have a brand new look.
I’ve switched back to PhotoMatix for a while and then did final post processing of the HDR image with Topaz photoFXLab. I quite like the results I’m getting from this.
- HDR and the Pentax K30 (mikehardistyhdr.wordpress.com)
- Using Topaz photoFXlab to Replace Skies (sydspix.wordpress.com)
Llanrhaeadr-yng-Nghinmeirch is a village in Denbighshire, Wales. It lies in the Vale of Clwyd near the A525 road between Denbigh and Ruthin. The medieval parish church of St Dyfnog contains a Tree of Jesse window, dating from 1533, described as “the finest glass window in all Wales, exceeded by few in England”, which was originally part of Basingwerk Abbey near Holywell. Nearby is St Dyfnog’s Well, once a destination for pilgrims.