Monthly Archives: January 2013

Ryer’s Down as the snow cleared, Gower Peninsula

After leaving Cefn Bryn and having a bite to eat in the Greyhound Inn in Oldwalls, the weather really closed in, with the light getting flatter and greyer all the time. By now I knew that the images would need to be in black and white as the snow was much patchier and starting to melt. I was hoping to get some last rays of light as the sun set, but nothing seemed to happen. A patch of colour did open up amongst the grey clouds, but bizarrely it was in the completely opposite direction from where the sun was setting. I couldn’t see how any sunlight could get there through the clouds and in the end decided that it was a reflection of the street lighting in Llanelli and Burry Port.

Unfortunately the colour in the sky wasn’t strong enough to warrant keeping the colour in the above image. I was initially attracted to the patterns of the branches against the grey sky (see image below) but then got intrigued by the snow left on the tree trunks. I always find woodland quite a visually chaotic place, so trying to isolate a pleasing image was proving difficult. I’m still not sure from looking at either of these to images that I really captured what caught my eye in the first place. I gave it a good go with lenses from 16mm to 500mm, but none really totally captured the scene as I visualised it at the time. It may be one of those times where what I saw in my mind’s eye just wasn’t possible photographically.

Cefn Bryn in the snow, Gower Peninsula

Just a few images from the first snowfall a few days ago. The light was incredibly flat with no directionality so it had a grey feel to everything. All the images are in colour, but I am tempted to convert them all to black and white and see how they look then. I haven’t completely colour corrected the images¬† as well as I quite like the slight blue tinge that I got from using Daylight White Balance on the camera. I did have to tone it down a bit, but full colour correction made the image too warm looking and nothing like what it looked or felt like at the time.

I was surprised that I was the only person around Arthur’s Stone for nearly all the morning even though the parking area was quite full. They had all decided to go sledging and had found a slope the other side of the road.

My favourite set of trees has been reduced to three now. One had succumbed to the autumn weather and had fallen over. I did notice though that on my way back to the car, although I did have to do a double take,  somebody had re-erected the tree with a pile of snow to support it.

The horses were having a difficult time finding some grazing, but they had developed a technique of clearing some snow from the base of clumps of grass with their forelegs. This allowed them to graze a few mouthfuls every now and then. They seemed quite happy in the conditions otherwise and all seemed to have a good thick winter coat ready for our winter weather.