Monday, 25 April 2016

Snowdonia - Ogwen valley 17 th January 2016

A day in Snowdonia today , meeting up with a friend to show him around some of the good locations.   It looks like most of the snow has melted low down , not that there has been much this year!.
Meeting up with John at the "Snowdon" viewpoint first near Capel-Curig but the view is disappointing this morning.  So the short drive down to Llyn Ogwen to walk up to cym idwal .  stopping off along Llyn Ogwen the mist is shrouding the Glyders and Devils Kitchen. 

Climbing down to the lake edge to shoot down towards Y-Garn which is just about visible in the fast moving mist.


Now to go to White cottages car park at Llyn Ogwen , and start walking up to the lake in the mountains "Llyn Idwal"         the mist has cleared quite a bit now but it is still swirling around through the valley between Pen-yr-ole-wen and Cym Idwal.           Stopping near the top of path below the Idwal Bridge , the mist running through the valley in front of Pen -yr looks amazingly atmospheric ,  and setting up my tripod low to the stream i can get everything in the frame. using a Lee "Big " stopper (ten stop nd ) to give about 60 seconds exposure to give good movement in the water and mist a bit of movement blur.

                                            Black and White conversion    59 seconds exposure



          Moving up to the lake and shooting over the waterfall looking into the "Devils kitchen"
                                        "Little" stopper used    6 stop nd filter to lengthen exposure





                  Walking around the left side of the lake to take some more long exposure images





                     Big stopper used to give 2 minute exposure to smooth out the water surface.




 Time to head back down and take a look at the waterfalls coming out of Llyn Ogwen ,  on the path down i take this panorama .



Across the main road and climb around the rocks to shoot the falls with Tryfan behind still shrouded in mist.     29 second exposure in this one.




                               Time for one last location , Llyn Gwynant and the lone tree :)




                                       Wading around a bit to get this full view of the lake.




                                                                         One final image



                                                The end of a great day in Snowdonia .

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Charlottenburg Palace jan 2016

Our last morning in Berlin, and its sunny with blue sky!   typical isn't it, rain every day and now we are leaving and its beautiful weather!   
Jan is staying with her Daughter and grandson while i take Fergus out for a walk to Chatlottenburg Palace which is only 20 mins walk away.
Arriving at the Palace there are patches of cloud but blue sky close by .......



                                              A bit of sun on the statue on the dome :)



                          There are loads of building work here, all along the building fenced off.




                                        I  Love the Urns that are prominent all around here.





                                                                      Yay!    blue sky :)




                                                     Fergus is posing as well as Mollster :)



 The gardens are well laid out, i bet they look superb in the summer all planted with bedding plants .




       Christmas tree branches are protecting the beds from the frost and they look quite nice also.








                                         It is really cold still, the fountain pool is frozen solid!




 Looking back towards the Palace , the lake is just behind me , i have just enough time to walk around and then back home.




                                                    The statues along the dam wall .




           A Long lens shot of the building at the bottom of the gardens across the frozen lake.




                          On the bridge looking at the Palace , time to walk around the lake now.



 I have just spotted a Grey Heron on the ice , i quickly walk across this bridge and crouch down behind some rushes , Fergus is being really good and quiet :D




 "Ice Fishing"



 After about 10 minutes watching the Heron, time to walk quickly back now, don't want to be late , we have to get to the airport for about 2 o'clock.


                                  There is some lovely light on the building through the trees .



Back through the woodland towards the entrance...




       Sun on the Palace front , the tree looks stark in comparison to the beautiful coloured building.





                                 A Final image, and one of my favorites from this morning :)






The end of our stay in Berlin.




Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Berlin - Potsdam day 3 jan 2016

Today we are going to take the train to Potsdam , which is about 40 minutes on the "s" bahn line.  As usual its raining!!!!!!!    So its not going to be good to photograph the palaces and gardens unfortunately.
After a nice train ride through the German countryside we get off in Potsdam Haupibanhof.  and started walking towards the Brandenburger Tor , Yes another one!   lol     we have come across this....

Must go and have a closer look :)





           Looks like they are still building around this square , and it all appears newly renovated.



               And next door ,  this courtyard with a FLAT" 3 d looking dome :)   very strange


         Now we have found the Brandenburger Tor , much smaller than the main one Berlin centre.



 Walking down the main shopping rows , beautiful buildings, would look great on a sunny summers day i guess :)


                                                    Ooops  we are in another pastry shop :)



                                      Jan is at it Again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!      just cant keep her hands off   Lol



 

The Palaces and Gardens next,  its is getting very overcast and rain in the air .

The main Sanssouci Palace and Gardens look spectacular , but probably not today in these conditions.

Walking along the main  Hauptallee we come to the first fountain pool and formal gardens in front of a big palace.   all the statues are covered in wooden crates , there must be hundreds of them in this park!!!!!!!!!





 The Palace of Schloss Sanssouci INFO HERE

 


                                   The terraced vineyards lead up to the single level Palace



Spectacular even in the rain!












Continuing the walk around the back of this palace and it has started chucking it down!
There are a couple of these amazing gazebo structures at either side of the palace.



Around the other side of the Park , a main entrance structure :)

 


                                                                    and another Gazebo :)




 Back around the front and walking down the vineyard to the main centre path  to continue towards the New Palace.


 

                                                                      A Windmill!!!!!!!! 




                                                         and a Chinese Teahouse :)








                                                                        New Palace.




 Most of  the statues and stone walls are covered, some look like they are being cleaned or renovated.



We must get a move on now, its starting to get dark and we are a long way from the station..
But around the back we come across this..............


WOW!


This is Potsdam university, this image lightened to show it properly, it is getting quite dark now








 It is chucking it down , i have taken a load of phone shots but have to try shooting with camera, even though it is very dark and i haven't brought my tripod today!  high 3200 iso the only option .




Its a pity we didn't come here earlier, if we had known!   its amazing architecture




 I have processed these as b&w , as its too dull to show any colour now, Jan has already started walking towards where i think there is a tram stop.











Time to go, its horrendous now and we are in a big rain storm and  have no shelter or idea where to go to nearest tram or train stop!  thankfully i have google maps on my phone :)

Eventually after seeing a tram in the distance , which we miss . i have found a train station is only a short walk away and goes straight to Potsdam where we can dry off and get some dinner.

the end of a soggy day !