Monthly Archives: July 2015

Whiteford NNR, Gower Peninsula

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The wild geraniums around Gower are quite abundant at the moment. Apart from an extreme close up image, I don’t feel that I have taken a photograph of them that I really liked. The above image is my latest attempt and one of my better efforts. It is certainly different¬†from the others and comes from a¬†lower perspective than my other images. The backlighting has helped remove a distracting background and highlighted the colour of the petals. I’m still not 100% sure about it though.

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My panoramic work is coming along and now I have started to combine it with my shallow depth of field landscape work. All my panoramic stitching software really struggles with the blending as there isn’t much detail for them to use for alignment. With a bit of a helping hand, it got there eventually.

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With Whiteford being relatively flat, especially on the marsh side, the panoramic format will be very useful in recording the view. The recent high tides cover the whole of the marsh and enter the fields through the broken medieval sea wall. The tidal flooding is already having an effect with most of the trees and bushes within the new flood area dying off. The walk along the sea wall is still not restored, but it allows a view that makes you feel that you are right out in the middle of the flooded marsh.

Skokholm Island, Pembrokeshire, 2015

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The annual trip to Skokholm Island in Pembrokeshire has been and gone, but once again it was difficult to leave as it is my ultimate playground. Skokholm allows me to indulge myself in photography, video and sound recording for a whole week, just on my own projects. This year sound was the main emphasis, so I returned with less photos than usual. As I took less photography gear, my main subject was to be the landscape and some of the details of the island.

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Skokholm is quite flat, so apart from the cliff edges of the island it can be difficult to get an interesting composition. This prompted me to attempt more panoramic style images as they suit the flatter landscape quite well.

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Even though I was staying on Skokholm a week later this year, the island was still a few weeks behind in it’s development so the flowers that had been and gone last year, were still flowering this year. Chicks were still to hatch, but the bird numbers overall were good.

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I couldn’t resist a few bird photos, but wanted something a bit different. I have been backlighting most of my subjects recently and trying out silhouettes as well. With digital I find it nearly impossible to get a true silhouette as it still picks up so much detail in the shadows. This can be altered later, but I tend to find that having some detail in the shadows still works quite well.

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