It’s Now Tuesday……

All is quiet in our household. Photography has taken a bit of a back seat as the weather, once again, has not been conducive (that’s a big word for Monday morning) to getting out with the camera. By this time last year I had made eight photography trips out into the National Park and yet, this year I have done just one and that was none too successful. Even outside of the National Park I have been very limited in travel for photography. Maybe it’s just me, perhaps I’m slowing down or just getting bored with photography. Even now as I’m looking out of the office window I can see nothing but grey skies, that’s no incentive to pick up the camera and go out and shoot something.

What is a good photograph? I cannot say. A photograph is tied to the time, what is good today may be a cliché tomorrow. The problem of the photographer is to discover his own language, a visual ABC. The picture represents the feelings and point of view of the intelligence behind the camera. This disease of our age is boredom and a good photographer must combat it. The way to do this is by invention – by surprise. When I say a good picture has surprise value I mean that it stimulates my thinking and intrigues me. The best way to achieve surprise quality is by avoiding clichés. Imitation is the greatest danger of the young photographer. – Alexey Brodovitch

Like last weeks challenge, which I missed, this weeks, just does not excite me. Usually in my mind’s eye I have a good idea what photographs I’m going to use but I’m sitting here at the moment with a sort of blank in my mind.

It’s now Tuesday morning, I had writers block yesterday. Last night the Met Office issued a severe weather warning for the whole of the UK. However in my opinion, severe is relative. Leaves fall on the track, trains stop running, heavy rain, schools close. There’s severe and severe. But saying that, I’m sitting in my office looking out at blanket of snow which is still falling, so maybe they were right.

OK I’ve prattled (another big word) on enough, let’s get some photographs….

The Road To Snowdonia

My favourite road leading to the Llanberis Pass with a view of the Snowdon Triangle. I’ve lost count of the number of times I have stopped somewhere along this road just to take in the beauty of the National Park.

Meanwhile in the Ogwen Valley the Afon Ogwen tumbles over rocks on it way to Nan Ffrancon and the sea.

Ogwen Valley

One of the things I like about the National Park is that you can find little waterfalls in places you’d least expect them. Always fun to photograph and if the light falls right what more could you as for as a photographer.

Waterfall

Well that’s for this week. I hope you enjoyed the photographs. Yes it’s still snowing but I suspect that as we live very close to the coast that soon it will start melting again. Too much salt in the air.
 

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Weekly Photo Challenge–H2O

Whoo Hoo! It’s Thursday and I’m actually early for a change. Despite being up CAD East yesterday to photograph low flying military aircraft as they transit the Mach Loop I’m ahead of schedule. Having now had my broadband link restored albeit still with some dodgy speeds I’m now able to concentrate on the blog again. This week it’s H2O so let’s get started and get some photographs on show, After all, that’s what Say It With A Camera is all about.

In Greenfields Industrial Park which is now a Heritage Museum you can find several waterfalls. In the industrial age water was a source of power, turning mill wheels and engines. This is a great waterfall to photograph but it really is a shame that they don’t cut the vegetation back. It would be a much better photograph.

Three Tier Waterfall

First and foremost, make it an obvious picture of colour! Rather than looking for rocks, leaves, trees, waterfalls, birds, flowers, fire hydrants, starfish, boats, orchards, or bridges, focus your energy and vision on red, blue, yellow, orange, green, or violet. Colour first, content second! – Bryan Peterson

Mirror

That’s what I’ve tried to do above. Some of the sunsets we get here are quite startling, brilliant colours, but they only last for a short time, especially in the winter months. A photograph really doesn’t do them justice and yet I have been accused of over-hyping the colours on some sunsets. Honestly, you have to see them to really appreciate them.

Cwm Idwal and the Afon Idwal have always fascinated me ever since I moved to North Wales. The Afon (River) Idwal drops down the valley from the lake which is higher up in the valley. By the time it gets down to the bottom of the valley it’s usually flowing pretty strongly over the rocks and that’s where most people photograph it. From the wooden bridge at the start of the walk up to the Cwm. Yet, if you follow the river up the valley there are some really good photographs to capture and it’s far faster than following the well trodden path that most walker use.

Say I’m on a path along a stream, but what I really want to do is be down at the stream, not along the path. I go down along the side of the stream and I move up and down, back and forth, looking for, say, reflections. I’m watching the movement of the water. When I find something that pulls me in, something that I feel connected to—and usually it’s a quality of the light—then I open up the technical box… – Eddie Soloway

Afon Idwal

Talking of Cwm Idwal, “Winter Is Coming” as they say in a well known blockbusting TV show. In all the times I have visited the Cwm in winter I’ve only ever seen the lake freeze once. It’s not totally frozen but it’s well on the way.

Idwal Snow

That’s it for this week. I hope you enjoyed the photographs.

Now I’ve got the time and a broadband connection I’m able to look at other bloggers again. Here’s a selection from the weekly challenge that I have liked this week. Yes, I actually do visit, have a read, and leave a like. I don’t always comment, not unless it’s something that really catches my attention, usually photography related.

Susi Lovell Swan Girl
Attuned Photography Color of Water – Macro
Claudia Curici Photography ‘Asking for Help’
PhotosbyGoldie Reflections (on Water)
Lotus Reflections – Leanne Murphy
through the luminary lens Solar Power, Water, and the Promised Land
janeMcMaster Weekly Photo Challenge- H20
Broken Light- A Photography Collective Psychosis
Julie Powell – Photographer & Graphic Artist WPC – H20
H2O – Photo Challenge – ladyleemanila

Weekly Photo Challenge: Boundaries

The Snowdonia National Park boasts areas of natural beauty; it’s I shoot most of my landscape photographs. The park has an area of roughly about 838 square miles.

Snowdonia National Park

Boundary Markers for the park can be seen all over and surprisingly the park not only encompasses the beautiful mountains and rivers I photograph, it also includes farmland and forests.

Within the park though there are natural boundaries. Flowing rivers. This one is pretty quiet just now, but when winter and the rains come it will be a flowing torrent.

Afon Nant Peris

Mountains also act a natural boundaries. Only the fit and sometimes foolish are prepared to tackle them and each year we hear of someone being killed or seriously injured whilst on the mountains. The Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team, who are all volunteers, were called out 34 times in August this year. In total they spent 750 man hours helping people who were in trouble on Snowdon and the surrounding mountains.

Have a look at this video showing one of the most dramatic  and dangerous walks in Snowdonia, the knife-edge track over Crib Goch. I’ve been walking down at the lake you can see in the video, watching people walk Crib Goch high above me, when the clouds have rolled in, completely covering the summit.

Dramatic. I couldn’t do it. Or maybe I should say I wouldn’t do it. I’m not experienced enough and I know my limits.

Of course in the park there are also man-made boundaries, gates, stone walls and barbed wire fences. Mainly they are there to keep the sheep in, not the walker and climber out. It always amazes me though when you see a stone wall which almost runs up to the summit a mountain in the National Park. The amount of effort which must have gone into, not only building the wall, but getting the stones there in the first place.  Look closely at this photograph you can see the wall stretching into the distance.

The Gate

Fortunately, there are many paths through the National Park and to save damage to the walls, wooden styles are provided for walkers to climb over.

Gate and Steps

Weather of course can act a boundary. Whilst I’m happy to walk up to Cwm Idwal, one of the easiest walk in Snowdonia, I’d think twice about doing it in bad weather conditions or heavy snow. Not entirely true. I have been up there when it was snowing. Not fun and I was glad to walk back down again.

52/2013 Week 4

Well that’s it for this week. I hope you enjoyed the photographs – Mike

Here’s what other bloggers are saying about this weeks challenge. Pay them a visit, you won’t regret it.

https://vannillarock.wordpress.com/2015/10/06/boundaries-flags-and-national-identity/
https://thewishfactor.wordpress.com/2015/10/05/weekly-photo-challenge-boundaries/
https://gottatakemorepix.wordpress.com/2015/10/06/wpc-boundaries/
http://asawyersdaughter.com/2015/10/05/weekly-photo-challenge-boundaries/
https://corleyfoto.wordpress.com/2015/10/02/weekly-photo-challenge-boundaries/
https://asnappshot.wordpress.com/2015/10/05/manhattan-bridge/
http://susielindau.com/2015/10/05/unlock-your-imagination-photo-essay/
https://dspda.wordpress.com/2015/10/02/weekly-photo-challenge-boundaries/
https://senkaustav.wordpress.com/2015/10/05/boundaries-and-a-breakthrough/
https://pictorailmotions.wordpress.com/2015/10/05/2/