Waterfalls

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.

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Falling Leaves, Autumn

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.

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Colourful!

If your picture is only going to be viewed for a fraction of a second you need “impact” – and this picture certainly has it.

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The Trierenberg Supercircuit

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’:

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Plas Brondanw

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.

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Winter

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.

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Into the Sun

At this time of year the sun doesn’t get too much higher and often produces nice shadows, especially on a crisp and slightly frosty day.  As is obvious this picture is looking straight at the sun.  It was taken using a cheap Nikon kit lens but still gives a great contrasty result.

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Autumn Has Come Round Yet Again

This autumn has seen some particularly good colours maybe due to all the rain and the warm weather.  This is a picture of the Fairy Glen in Snowdonia; it’s quite dark even in bright weather so it is easy to make long exposures to show the water’s swirling flow.

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Autumn Leaves

It’s autumn again and yesterday’s sunny day made the very best of the trees and their leaves.  I did not have to walk far to see this scene.   The picture does not use a polarising filter as it would have made the colours too colourful and the sky just too dark.

 

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A Walk in the Park

This is New York’s Central Park.  I had imagined a warm blue-sky day as one does after seeing promotional photos of New York.  But it was wet and windy.  Too windy to hold an umbrella and a camera.  In the end I think the photograph is better for being on a not-so-great day as it has a distinct atmosphere that wouldn’t be possible on a sunny September morning.

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