Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Fairys and Waterfalls oct 13 2014

A trip into Snowdonia today,   I think a shoot at Fairy Glen first while its bright and sunny , thick cloud forecast for later this afternoon.

I love this location , the colour of the wet moss on the gorge wall is amazing , so fresh and vibrant!
clambering down onto the rocks , i set up tripod and experiment with loads of different shutter speeds which gives smooth silky water and trails.

                                            25 seconds f14  iso 100 using 17-40L lens.

                                                                      6 seconds f16

                                                                       4 seconds f14

                            Moving further back and using a long lens to shoot into the gorge
                                                          13 second f11  using 100-400 L

                                                             122 seconds f9  No sun!

Time to go now , i am going to drive up the Ogwen valley to shoot the waterfalls , its gone quite dull now  , but that will be ok for waterfall shots.

Parking at the Ogwen cottages , i cross the bridge and over the Pen-yr-ole -wen side of the river to shot across with Tryfan in the background.

                                                                        5 seconds f14

                                                                 3.2 seconds  f14

     Walking further up to the Llyn Ogwen weir ,  a good subject for black/white conversion.

                                                                       5 seconds f18

                                                           And a wide view  0.8 second

                                                                     1/25 th second.

        a quick shot of the waterfall by the Idwal bridge, i have photographed it hundreds of times
                                                                        0.4 second  f11

the end of a good day out , almost time for autumn colours now, may go to Aberglaslyn gorge next week to see how the colours are.

Monday, 2 March 2015

Perch Rock Long Exposures and Sunsets sept/oct 2014

A few various images from  2014 , using a 10 stop nd filter to give long exposures.
 The first shot at Perch Rock lighthouse at New Brighton , high tide with a storm approaching.

September 29 th Early in the afternoon i went down to New Brighton for the high tide , the weather was a bit iffy but with a storm coming across the Dee estuary from north wales it gave some dramatic conditions for a few minutes :)

                                                                    119 seconds at f16

                              A few days later in the evening i was back to shoot the sunset .

                                                                     89 seconds f16

                                                                          180 seconds f16

                                                                           44 seconds f14

                               An evening walk up over Thorstone hill overlooking North Wales.

                West kirby marine lake , Looking at Talacre lighthouse over on the North Wales coast.

                   On the beach after the tide has gone out at West Kirby looking at Hilbre island.

Friday, 27 February 2015

Last day in Dorset Charmouth/Lulworth sept 20/21 2014

Well today is our last full day in Dorset :(   the weather is foggy/misty , basically crap!
We are going to Charmouth , the well known fossil hunting beach. the dogs can have a walk and you never know, might even find a fossil!

                 We have parked next to the fossil museum ,    it is very interesting inside :)

                    Now time to walk the Jurassic Duo , it is their last day under this name    lol

                                                      Go Fetch ................  spladoosh!

                                  Watch out for the big wave Cheste........ Toooo late!!!!!

                                                                      Almost got it Mol :)

                                                           Haha  they are having fun.

                                                           Spladooosh............... Poor chester :(

                                                                 He got the ball anyhow :)

                                     Time to dry off as we look for fossils, unsuccessfully :(

        Its still very murky , what a shame as tomorrows forecast is superb, when we have to go home!

                         Jan has stayed in the car with the dogs, as they cant go on the other beach.
                        Walking along the beach looking for Ammonites ,  but i cant find anything :(

                                                                     Rushing water     lol

 I have given up looking, and am making way back to the car now , wonder if Jan has finished her book yet? 

It is now  late afternoon , infact its 6.30 and starting to get dark , and we have decided to take a last walk down to Lulworth Cove,  over the headland from Durdle Door ..

             The steep path down to the Village , going to be dark when we come back up here!!!!

    7 o clock , and we are eating chips in Lulworth Cove , these are the best chips i have ever had!
                                                           Starting to get quite dark now.

 A walk to the view point overlooking the cove , its too dark to photograph now, this was shot at iso 3200.

                                 Now for a long walk back in the dark:(   home tomorrow!

                 I just knew i should have got up early to shoot sunrise!!!!!!!!   bloody hell im crap!
look at the weather this morning, and we have to pack up and go home , but first i take Moll for a walk and a last few images of the "Door"

                                                     Look at Mollsters long thin shadow!!!

                                                                   Wow!    amazing light :)

 Its been a wonderful week photographing Durdle Door in different weather conditions, these images are different again .

                         Huge big blue skys and glorious warm early morning light on the grasses :D

                                              My last image , Durdle Door i will return :)

Durlston Wasp Spiders and Last Durdle Door Sunset 19th sept 2014

Today I'm going back to Durleston Country Park to find some more Wasp Spiders , it has been drizzling with rain all morning so we haven't been out , but has dried up enough this afternoon , Jan is staying back in the caravan with the dogs while I go on my own.
Arriving after the 30 minute drive i make my way into the meadow to look for the spider i found the other day , but no sign of it.............      so   where to look 

After about 10 minutes i have found one , nicely siting in her web , i take a few phone shots first which show a bit more of the habitat around her.

Now  , to get down in the undergrowth and take a series of frames to focus stack to give larger depth of field.  its a bit wet down here :(

                                                       9 frames @f7 iso200  handheld.

 Phone shot :)

I have now found a couple more , in very difficult positions to photograph unfortunately.  this one is much bigger than the others but i cannot get any decent angle to shoot from , it is up against a bramble thicket.    

     Quite like this angle , shows how Fat she is :D   must be close to laying an egg sac presumably.

I have found another couple but are not in  better positions ,so i have gone back to the first one for a few more shots. The light is almost from behind left, so i am having  to shoot closer to prevent blown out background on the left side. It is really hard shooting sequential frames to focus stack, as the web keeps moving in the slight breeze! 

   I am  really struggling with the low light level , the image stabiliser helps a bit on the 100mm L macro lens , many frames are blurred .  using a tripod would be too difficult to get close enough without hitting the web, and with the breeze probably not much help either as would be using slower shutter speeds.

                                                          12 frames @f7.1  iso200

This is the area i have been finding them in , the bigger stronger stemmed plants being favoured to spin the webs in compared to the shorter floppy grass which is out in the open areas.

     There are loads of these Orb Weavers , huge ones at that :)
      3 frames focus stacked.

                                                                       Yay , another Waspy
                    but impossible to photograph except from this angle , looking straight down on it!

The grass around most of these spiders has been flattened to various amounts, so other photographers must have been shooting them over the last few days.  I don't think there are too many here , i have now searched the hedge row on one side of this field and found nothing except Orb weavers and smaller species.   So back to searching the previous area ,  have now found 8 in total so far and have almost just walked into this ones web stretched across a gap in the brambles!    a good one to shoot from the underside :)             Superb!

                         5 frames focus stacked @f5.6 to give better background seperation.

               I have just found a cracker!    in a great 3/4 position :)  her web is a bit broken though!

                       15 frames focus stacked!    and still missed a few leg tips  Arghhhhhhhhhh

Beautiful back lit Waspy :D     7 frames focus stacked @f7.1  iso 250 as breeze is strengthening.

I have continued looking but no more to be found, and i have filled a memory card with 400 frames , so I'm happy to leave now :)

After dinner  , time to walk back down to the beach for sunset. after half an hour  the light is looking glorious , a misty horizon with soft deep cloud mass over the bay and colour over the cliffs , but it doesn't last very long!   

Its gone flat!   never mind, i have shot some wonderful sunset images this week in Dorset here at Durdle Door. tomorrows forecast is rubbish so this will be the last sunset image.

After dark i have another go at shooting stars , it has come over misty and the yellow floodlights in the caravan park have filled the misty sky ! 

Only one more day left now :(