Monthly Archives: June 2012

Marloes, Pembrokeshire

With a day course and some one to one tuition planned on Skomer, I was off to Pembrokeshire for 10 days as I had also added in a trip to Skokholm Island as well. Pembrokeshire, although that not far away from Gower, has a completely different feel to the light, landscape and wildlife. As Martin’s Haven is the setting off point for the islands, it made sense to stay in Marloes and use it as my base for a few days.

In between tuition I had some time to myself so I wandered around the village taking a few photos as I went. The area around Marloes is mainly arable agriculture, unlike the mainly livestock farming on Gower, so the fields are full of patterns where tractors move around the fields, plus the hedgerows and grass verges seem to be more abundant with wild flowers.

The weather changes fast as well on this western tip of Wales, so in one day you can get sun, rain and cloud or all in just a few minutes! All these images were taken on the same day within a few hours of each other, but the light has a slightly  different feel in each of them as the level of cloud cover changed.

Swallows were more visible than on Gower. My perception this year is there are less Swallows, Martins and Swifts than I remember from previous years. This may not be an accurate impression, but a few others have noted it as well. Pairs of Swallows were nesting in most farm out buildings, and close to my accommodation proved no different, with both Martins and Swallows nesting under a roof covering a storage area. Their communication calls are quite interesting, so I popped my Zoom H4n recorder with Rycote wind Furry attached onto one of the roof support beams and left it running for an hour. Below is an edited version of what I recorded.

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Summer Colour in Black & White – National Botanical Garden of Wales

After an enjoyable course at the National Botanical Garden of Wales last weekend, I revisited the few images I made. I think it was about 10 in total. I noticed that even though they were taken on a nice sunny day, the harsh contrast wasn’t that appealing. I decided to switch to black and white to see what they would look like. Even harsh light looks good in black and white and in a way lends itself to it. Check out images made by Herb Ritts, where he used very directional lighting in his portraits or Jacques Henri Lartigue, who spent a lot of time photographing in the French Riviera.

 

Not long now till the next course on Skomer. Puffins in black and white anyone?