I suppose that “Cherry On Top” moment for me was when I realised how beautiful the Snowdonia National Park was and the amazing photo opportunities I could have there. Having moved from Somerset it was nearly a year before I first ventured into Snowdonia.
This was the first photograph I ever took in the National Park on a cold winters day, late in the afternoon. I’ve lost count of the number of photography trips I’ve made to this and the surrounding areas but it never ceases to inspire me.
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This week we were asked to show a photograph which displayed Contrast. Such an open subject but as usual the guidelines are “pretty clear” what is expected. It can be any form of contrast, colour, light, shadow, texture and this is the bit I like, any creative way I see fit. Now that’s an open subject if ever there was one. But undaunted i set off on Saturday to capture my Contrast photographs.
Lot’s of contrasts in this one. Blue and yellow, or how the lively bloom of the daffodils and the almost lifeless tree. can you think of any other contrasts in this picture?
My second photograph may not be obvious what the contrast is but this is where the being creative comes in.
When I was walking around Birkenhead Park it sort of struck me how odd this scene looked. First of all you have the old boathouse, built about 1847 and in contrast you have modern man doing an ancient task with all the modern accoutrements. Warm flask, nice easy lightweight collapsible chair, carbon fibre rod. Well they did say I could be creative.
You might not know this but in 1850, American landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted arrived by ship in Liverpool. The town of Birkenhead is just across the river from Liverpool and it is known that Olmstead visited Birkenhead Park during his stay in England, probably using the Mersey Ferry to get across the river.Olmstead noted Birkenhead was “a model town” which was built “all in accordance with the advanced science, taste, and enterprising spirit that are supposed to distinguish the nineteenth century”. Now here’s the good part. In 1858, Olmstead and Calvert Vaux won the competition to design a new park for the rapidly growing city of New York. I wonder if Olmstead took inspiration from his visit to Birkenhead Park?
High on the bleak Denbigh moors lies Llyn Aled, a deep, weed-free natural lake of about 110 acres.The lake is also the source of a river of the same name. At 1,250 feet above sea level it’s usually windy and cool here even when the nearby coastal resorts are sweltering in a heat wave. Almost completely treeless for miles around, the shoreline is mostly natural mountain grassland.
On the way home from St. John’s we detoured off to visit Llyn Aled. The lakes isn’t that photogenic but the beautiful open countryside, with a lone tree silhouetted against the sky is. Actually there was another tree just off camera, but two trees didn’t look as good as this single one.