Monthly Archives: October 2015

Experimentation in Clyne Valley Country Park, Swansea

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I needed a new location or to revisit one I hadn’t been to for a while as it is easy to end up keep repeating similar compositions in the same old areas. I wanted to experiment a bit with the images and not feel bound by any particular rules.

The above image is a black and white conversion of an image made of the reflections visible in the small pond at the entrance to the park. Removing the colour confines the image to its basic structures and with a still surface, the details were well defined.

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Seed heads are always a good subject, especially in winter with some frost on them. In the image above I wanted to contrast the pale stems against the green background and used the stems to create some leading lines and a frame of the main subject.

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The final image is just an experiment in the challenges of photographing a green subject on a green background. A polariser removed the reflections from the leaves, helping to saturate the colours. The difference in textures help separate the leaves from the tree trunk. In Lightroom I darkened the edges of the frame slightly to focus the viewers attention on the fern leaves.

Orange and blue at Caswell Bay, Gower Peninsula

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It was a bit of a grey day when I had a few minutes to visit Caswell Bay. With the light being so flat I decided to concentrate on smaller details as wider views just lacked any emotional pull in them what ever the framing. There are always some interesting pebbles in some of the smaller bay areas of the bay. The variation of colours between them is always an interesting part of the framing process and in the image below I used the contrast in shape to help frame the image.

When the light faded at dusk a small opening in the cloud allowed a small patch of orange to be visible from the setting sun. I though it contrasted nicely against the blue-grey of the rest of the scene. The low light resulted in slower shutter speeds, but I wanted to avoid a complete blur of the detail in the moving water. I bumped up the ISO to keep the exposure around a second. I find that this gives enough movement blur, but not  at the expense at some of the detail and textures in the water. A 16mm lens exaggerated the perspective, leading the eye towards the end of the headland and the orange sky. Multiple frames were made and the one with the best wave position to create a leading line was chosen. As I have written before, when photographing waves make lots of images and then review them at home. It is easier than trying to get the correct “one” at the time, especially with the slightly random nature of the waves and how they appear with the longer exposure.

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