Feral Goats In Dinorwic

Sometimes you just get lucky. I haven’t written anything to Say It With A Camera in weeks. Just no interest in blogging. But today I got lucky and found the goats down on the lower slopes, just minding their own business. Too good an opportunity not to share. Have I got the will to start writing again…….I hope so.

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Track Day at Trac Mon, Anglesey

As well as the beautiful National Park and coastline within my doorstep, I’m also lucky to have a several nature reserves and a race track within easy car distance of my house. With two big cities nearby I’m also sorted for street photography. But this week I’m going to show you some photographs from Trac Mon, which is a race track situated on Anglesey.

Now the good thing is, if you attend on a Track Day you get in for free to watch the car drivers or bikers testing their vehicles around the track. Other than the pit-lanes and competitors area you are free to take photographs as long as it’s not for commercial use.

Caterham

So on a beautiful sunny day we turned up, chose a spot to see the action and started clicking away. I must say this point I was using the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mk 2 coupled with an Olympus M 75-300mm f4.8-6.7 II lens. Altough the lens will happily stretch to 300mm most of the photographs during the day were shot between 75mm and 150mm, mainly because you can get quite close to the track.

Blue amd Yellow

The idea behind a Track Day  is for drivers to test their cars, but not competitively. Normal race track rules apply and you can overtake, if someone is going slower, indeed they are expected to get out-of-the-way, but it is not a race.

White

All sorts of cars are on the track, some are road going and can be driven off the track and onto our normal roads. Others are built especially for racing. But the one thing they have in common, inside they must be equipped with all the correct safety equipment.

Yellow Peril

You’ll also notice that the drivers are wearing safety gear as well.

Catch Me

On the day I shot hundreds of photographs and unusually for me I was shooting JPEG’s instead of RAW. Mainly because JPEG’s save faster to the camera’s memory card, but I’ve come to realise recently that 99% of the photographs I make public are for my blog or Facebook. SOOC photographs save me a lot of time, so a quick crop and away you go.

Estate

But something else, previously I’ve always kept everything I shoot. but I have now started to seriously cull what I leave on my hard drive.

Highfield

Anyway a few more photographs to finish off what was a really enjoyable day at the track……..

Scooby Doo

……..except for the sun-burn. Trac Mon is tight on the Anglesey coast and there’s a nice cool breeze. So yours truly didn’t put any sun screen on. Silly boy, a hot flush, bright red nose, I would have put Rudolph to shame and tingling ear extremities where the sun caught me. Stupid thing is, I had the sun-screen in my camera bag. I always carry it in the summers months just for this very reason.

Number 20

Nice little car, that green one, and he wasn’t hanging around on the track. I’m pleased with this one because I managed to track him and get the background blurred. Not a technique I use often, being mainly a landscape photographer.

It's Blue

And a little blue one as well. Look at the blur on the front wheel.

My final photograph is of this Ariel Nomad. I had a chance to chat to the driver down in the pits before he started on the track and he was a really nice guy, sharing a lot of information about his pride and joy with me.

Ariel Nomad

That’s it for this week and one final though. I really do wish the team would bring back the Weekly Photo Challenge. It was my main motivator to go out and capture photographs…. and of course write this blog.

 

Shukkei-en Garden

After the overcrowded gardens of Kyoto it was really nice to visit somewhere peaceful and quiet, yet right in the heart of the city of Hiroshima.

Shukkei-en Garden has a history dating back to 1620 when an expert in the construction of Japanese gardens was brought in from Kyoto by the seventh lord of the Hiroshima Han.

The lake in the garden is full of Carp and you can buy food to feed them for a very modest fee.

So that’s it. My final one photograph post from Japan. Tomorrow I take the Shinkansen to Hakata and the airport before flying to Hong Kong.

It’s been fun writing these posts whilst I’ve been in Japan and I hope you have enjoyed them.

I’ve crammed so much into this trip so look out for more posts about Japan with lots of photographs, once I’ve recovered from the jet lag.

Big In Japan

Today finds me on the inland sea. I’m on the ferry from Matsuyama back to Hiroshima, a trip of about 2 hours 40 minutes. About is the wrong word to use in Japan when it comes to official times. If they say 2h 40m that’s exactly what they mean.

Anyway it’s big, the Royal Wedding, I thought I’d get away from it by visiting Japan, but no chance.

It’s there, on the telly, in the ships lounge. Oh! Woe is me.

Well I’m nearly at the end of my time in Japan with only a few things left to do on my bucket list. Tomorrow it’s an early start. I’m catching the 7:15 train to Kyoto for a day full of photography. Then one day left to finish anything I’ve missed in Hiroshima, which takes me to Tuesday and my flight to Manchester via Hong Kong, finally getting home on Wednesday.

It’s been fun doing these one photograph posts using my iPhone and the WordPress app. So like out for my final few posts beginning with Kyoto tomorrow.

Fukuya Department Store

The plaque you can see in the photograph shows the store after the A Bomb was dropped on Hiroshima.

That’s the store today on the opposite side of the road.

The inscription says that the store was approximately 710 metres from the blast centre but it’s construction of steel rods and reinforced concrete meant that it fared better than other buildings in the area.

However it was only the framework that survived. Everything inside the building was destroyed by the shockwave, intense heat and subsequent fires from the Atomic Bomb.

Mitaki Temple

OK! So it’s hot an oppressive in the city. 29 degrees, the humidity is about 75% and rising because we have had a weather warning for severe thunderstorms tonight. This morning I went to Mitaki Temple, but it’s not just a Temple. There are sprawling landscaped gardens and buildings nestled in woodland up the hillside. It’s a bit of a climb to the top but well worth it as it’s a photographers paradise. Little waterfalls, ponds, dappled light through the forest. You get the picture. Well you don’t as I’m going to show you this building instead.

It’s the Tahoto two storey pagoda dating back to the Muromachi period (1392-1573). The pagoda was relocated from Wakayama Prefecture in 1951 to console the souls of the A Bomb victims.