Sometimes it’s even better after sunset. As long as there’s a bit of light in the skies. And water helps to reflect the dying light.
The orange sun just managed to shine through below the clouds before sunset to light up the blue tones of the bridge over the River Dee at Queensferry.
Most of the pictures I made here involved standing in the centre road but this viewpoint is from the side, so there was more time to compose it carefully.
The interesting curves of the bridge are I hope enhanced by the camera movement during the exposure. This is the 120 year old Jubilee Bridge, not the more recent Flintshire Bridge.
It was very snowy last week; there was a cloudy (& still snowing) day followed by a sunny day. The cloudy day suited the landscape better than the sunny day I think. The sheep here have organised themselves into photogenic groups and lines, and the two at the end looking back at the others could not have been placed better if they’s been Photoshopped in (they weren’t).
In this small version you can’t see the snow falling; in a large size print it is clearer and adds to the atmosphere. The print version is also darker but I have brightened this on-screen version as it’s otherwise look too dull against a bright white computer/tablet screen.
This morning might have been a great sunrise, at a civilised time, but was rather grey instead. But is suited this picture of a flooded field perfectly.
You can’t beat a good waterfall as the subject for a beautiful landscape. And the autumn leaves cover up a lot of the usually-distracting riverbank, rather like snow might to in mid-winter. This is Plas Power near Wrexham, an easy-to-reach destination.
Autumn’s a great time to make colourful and beautiful images, but here are three more impressionistic pictures; all were created simply by waving the camera about during the exposure.
If your picture is only going to be viewed for a fraction of a second you need “impact” – and this picture certainly has it.
I enter a few photographic competitions; mostly too see what the critical world thinks of my pictures. Of course the judges are often wronger than a very wrong thing. But sometimes they can get it right!
Recently I competed for the first time in the Trierenberg Supercircuit which describes itself as the largest annual salon of photography on the globe. It’s actually four different salons (that’s why it’s a ‘circuit’) with different judging panels; and each picture is entered into each of the four, so your pic get 4 chances to be recognised.
A huge number of photographers enter this competition each year so I was surprised and very pleased that 3 out of my 4 entries were accepted – two of them were accepted by all 4 salons. This is one of my accepted entries, ‘Palace of Transport’:
There is a second ‘Special Themes’ circuit run in parallel; not quite so prestigious but still highly competitive; in this I entered 12 pictures and 9 were accepted, 6 of these by all 4 of the salons. This is one of my accepted entries; ‘Winter Frost’:
Clough Williams-Ellis is most famous for building Portmeirion, but not too far away is Plas Brondanw which he spent most of his life working on. It’s a small garden with lots of features designed to make the most of the surrounding scenery. I tried to make a few photos that were a bit different and this is the first one.
Snow has it’s pluses and minuses. It’s great to photograph but quite inconvenient to move around in, in a car or on foot. This is taken on a compact camera, easier to carry and use when the snow is blowing around you. Initially I excluded the power lines but fortunately then realised they made a good contribution to the composition. The scene you’re looking at is the Wimble in New Radnor.