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Photo Workshop in Pembrokeshire

I do like to get away for a few days to spend time in the company of other people who have photography as their hobby (even passion). With them you don’t feel nerdy when you’re walking about with a big bag and a tripod – it’s just what they (you) do; it’s natural; you feel …

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Langdale Pikes from Chapel Stile

Langdale and a Rainbow

Four shots with no connection between them. Above, a different view of the Langdale Pikes taken from above Chapel Stile. [EXIF: 1/30 @f/16; ISO 200; Sony ILCE-7R; Sony FE 24-105 F4 G OSS @ 69mm] Above a farmhouse near Chapel Stile in Great Langdale. [EXIF: 1/320 @f/8; ISO 200; Sony ILCE-7R; Sony FE 24-105 F4 G OSS …

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Silky water shots

Following on from the waterfall shots, a selection of silky water shots taken using the technique I mentioned in the previous post. Sometimes however you have to also change the ISO setting (the sensitivity, or granularity of the image) on your camera because there’s not enough light to stop down to anything near f22. Luckily …

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All in focus

Waterfall experiments

If you look through my Galleries or Albums you will soon realise I rather like taking pictures of rivers, waterfalls, and the like. It’s obviously a throwback to my days as a fluvial geomorphologist and hydrologist. I think I’ve just about got the “silky” water effect cracked now, although when you’re short of light to start with, …

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Reflections in Mid-Wales

Something else I learnt at the weekend photo workshop … dull, overcast days, as long as there’s no wind, are great for reflections. There’s a couple of stories around these pictures. I took the one below as a “reference shot” near where the Dolymynach Reservoir would have been. There’s just a small “stump” of a …

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Winter reed beneath Claerwen Dam

Macro fun in Mid-Wales

I’ve reported before about trying to get to grips with macro-photography. Well … the opportunity to really try to get on top of this photographic “genre” came about on the latest Photo Workshop I participated in with Nick Jenkins. A return to familiar locations (for the first day at least) meant that I could just try …

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Ingleton Falls

Ingleton Falls

A picture from the Yorkshire Dales Photo Workshop. This is where I learnt to do silky waterfalls. The secret, if there is one, aperture priority and use a graduated filter to reduce the shutter speed. I actually like the composition of this image with the river exiting the picture to the right front. Below is …

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Soar-y-Mynydd in Autumn

  Another shot taken whilst on a Photo Workshop. It took me ages to get this one anywhere near right. Getting the correct aperture for the river was reasonably straightforward, but getting some definition in the background and some light in the shadows of the foreground took much more work. No doubt some more work …

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