Monthly Archives: September 2010

A few Phone photos

I was clearing out the memory card in my phone of all the images I had made to store them on my computer. I don’t use my phone very often for photos, normally because I forget it has a camera on it! These are a select few that caught my eye as they appeared on my screen when transferring them over. Location details on mouse over.

Nearly the right time – Swansea Bay

I visited Blackpill the other day, unfortunately during a heavy rainstorm so the light was useless, to see what birds were about. I got there a little too late, so I had to photograph from the path instead of from the beach which I prefer to do. Even though it is still a bit early for the over wintering birds to be present in great numbers, a fair selection of birds were present. Most were not really suitable for photography in the dull light, but I made a few images anyway.

The oystercatcher flock at Blackpill is one of the most approachable I have come across. They will be much more tolerant by the end of the winter, but standing/sitting still and letting the tide push them up towards your position is always a good technique to get close.

Quite a few species of bird were present with Black headed, Herring, Black backed and lesser black backed gulls mixing with Crows, Knot, Sanderling, Ringed Plover, Cormorant, Oystercatcher and even 6 Brent Geese. A bird watcher next to me also saw a Wheatear and Pied Wagtail. Not bad for 20 minutes in the pouring rain. As winter approaches, it will only get better I hope.

The in between months – August and September

The end of July to the end of September are usually quite months photographically for me. The vivid greens of spring are starting to fade, flowers are not at their best and lots of wildlife “disappears” slightly at this time. Adult birds and animals are usually in a ropey looking condition after the rigours of raising some young and the over wintering birds haven’t arrived yet. On a quick trip to Brandy Cove in August, I came across these Garden Speedwell. They seemed to stand out against the mass of green behind them and it was pleasant to see the colour en mass looking quite vivid still.

It is around this time of year that I may concentrate on those subjects not affected by the seasons such as rocks, pebbles and patterns in the sand. While at Caswell Bay I wanted to get the slightly unusual sight of a pine cone at the beach. There are a few tall pine trees next to the beach that drop their cones close to the lifeguard hut, plus as the owner of the house next to them has a helicopter, a few are probably blown off by the rotor down draught as it lands.

With Autumn just around the corner, hopefully colours will change and new subjects appear.

Free Open Day – Cardiff Bay

It was a bit of a mixed bag weather wise yesterday, but Ray, Roger, Nigel and Anthony came for a wonder about the bay area. The weather started with hazy blue skies, then clouded over to clear again about 3.00pm – 4.00pm. The clouds came backafter 4.oopm so not giving the best of light to photograph the front of the millenium centre. Due to the haze I think my detail images worked best as the sky seems a bit weak in the wider images. The day was very enjoyable and I hope the others enjoyed it too. We managed 8 hours of photography with the odd pit stop for food and drink, and went from one end of the bay by the docks to the nature reserve next to the St. David’s Hotel. I hope to do a similar event next year, so keep any eye out on the blog, website and via Twitter.

Some more images from the day:



Whiteford Burrows, Gower Peninsula

As Whiteford Sands and Burrows tends to have less visitors than the southern bays and beaches of Gower on a Bank Holiday, I visited to check out the Yellow Flag Irises that usually flower here in good numbers. asics gel stratus mujer It seem that it is a bit early for the full display, but it probably will hit its peak next week. adidas zx flux damskie niebieskie There are still quite a few around at the moment allowing group and single plant images to be made. ADIDAS ULTRA BOOST 2017

At my visit the sun was out till quite late, so it was just a bit too contrasty for my liking. goedkoop nike air max 2016 I did make some images anyway though. Houston Rockets Typically it was quite windy over the Marsh, so went it did cloud over I retreated to the protection of the pine woods near the rental cottage. NMD

This allowed me to attempt a plant portrait with my 500mm lens, but a slow shutter speed with the potential for mirror slap vibration resulted in the need for a cable release and mirror lock up. SMU Mustangs Jerseys The trouble was the wind still caused some plant movement, so only a few images were sharp. There are quite a few ponies around on the marsh at the moment and it is always interesting to watch there interaction with each other and the group bonding that occurs. Asics Onitsuka tiger męskie Even though they are not true wild animals, they display many of the characteristics and behaviour of truly wild herd animals such as Zebra and Antelope. Fjallraven Kanken On my way back I came across a few Kits (juvenile rabbits), one of which was quite accommodating and allowed quite a close approach. asics gel lyte 5 hombre blancas I managed to get quite a few images of it before I left it alone to carry on feeding.