Image of the Week (W/C 16th December 2019)
Last weeks most popular Image was taken at Pontsticill Reservoir in Merthyr.
Bit of a challange since the wall on top of the dam is just over 6 foot so even on tip toe I couldnt get the shot. To the rescue my monopod a real must have bit of kit (Click Link to check out Manfrotto Compact Advanced Monopod, Black ) and cable release. Job done
Taken with the Nikon D3200 and Tamron 10-24mm set at 13mm, F9 1/125Sec and iso 200
23rd December 2019
Image of the Week (W/C 9th December 2019)
This image from Kenfig Hill Pond smashed it out of the park on last weeks 500px submissions. A bracing walk out but well worth the trip, I have a number of images at this location so don't be surprised seeing something similiar (See ICM in Abstract Photography)
Taken with my Nikon D3200 fitted with the Tamron 10-24mm, set at 14mm , F11 and 1/100Sec. Map link added to the left of the image if you fancy a great walk during the Christmas break
16th December 2019
Image of the Week (W/C 4th November 2019)
An image which was a product of the poor weather in October, always aim to take something each day rather then nothing. On a wet Tuesday did a set using flowers given to my wife from my Daughter and Son in Law.
A close up picture using +2 closeup lens and Neewer Speed Flash, light bounced from the ceiling, I've supplied a link for the flash its a great alternative to branded Guns, the Amazon offer is well worth a check out
11th November 2019
Image of the Week (W/C 28th October 2019)
Favoured top image from last week is a good old black and white, taken on Mumbles Pier, featured a couple walking towards me , affording a central point of interest with strong leading lines, shadows to add contrast ,shot at waste level to aid perspective
Delivered with a Nikon D2X and partner lens Tokina 11-16mm. set at full throw of 11mm ,F10 and 1/60th/Sec
4th November 2019
Image of the Week (W/C 21st October 2019)
Top image for last week is again from a set I took down in Aberavon, the location is at the end of a concrete pier looking seaward to the end of Port Talbot harbour, with massive sea defences in the foreground.
The tone represents the feel for that day late September with the threat of rain.
Used the Nikon D3200 with the Tamron 10-24mm set at 10mm, F8 and 640th/Sec
28th October 2019
3 Must subscribe YouTube Channels
Learning and adding to your skill set is important to improve as a photographer. For me YouTube is an amazing tool that affords me 2 important features, get Inspired and be Informed, listed are 3 channels that deliver this in bucket loads
1... Thomas Heaton -- Click Here
A real master of his art full of good content delivered in a simple straight forward way. Great content a must for all landscape photographers
2.... The Angry Photographer -- Click Here
Ken is not everyones cup of tea but his technical knowledge is second to none on YouTube if you want an honest assessment of equipment and advice this is the must see channel, massive collection to view
3... COOPH -- Click Here
Great photography hacks made simple great fun in snappy short video's . You want to be more creative pop in and check out
15th October 2019
Image of the Week (W/C 14th October 2019)
Last weeks top image came from a set taking in Aberavon. On a gray wet morning, the mass expance of beach contrasted with the gray rain clouds.
The set was the first trip out using the D3200 and the Tamron 10-20mm lens, the image taken at the len's maximium 10mm throw, cramming a lot into the view.
Want to see more of the set out check out my 500PX page Click here
21st October 2019
Image of The Week (W/C 30th September 2019)
Top image for last week this abstract of Sultan the Pit Pony, the staggering Earthwork you kind find at Penallta Parc.
These Intentional Camera Movement Images, do attract a wide range of reaction from very positive to, outright dislike. Its the subjective nature of photography, win some loss some. For me its something I enjoy producing for its visual impact
Check out the video of the Earthworks stunning !!!
7th October 2019
Image of the Week (W/C 23rd September 2019)
Last weeks top Image by a long while is a still of Lavender, very much a back up image of a still set I did during the Summer.
Using my Lumix TZ70, set in my Light Box a single Lavender flower stands out against a black background. Camera stat's on this was 22mm Focal length, aperture F6.3 and 1/60thSec. Focusing auto macro.
I took this hand held holding the flower with my other hand, I assure you it tested the camera image stabilization, of this amazing compact Camera.
This image is under license for sale with 500Px (Getty Images)
30th September 2019
Image of the Week (W/C 9th September 2019)
The top image this week show mooring structure known as "Dolphins" , they are historic relics of Cardiffs trading port history. Many images around Mermaid Quay, includes these structures adding constrast between old and new on Cardiff Bay
Taken with The Nikon D2X and Tokina 11-16mm lens , set at 15mm, F8, 1/1000P/Sec and 100iso
16th September 2019
Image of The Week (W/C15th July 2019)
This is a real carry on from my Blog of the 9th July , the top image image for last week, is an ICM image of the standing stones in Caerphilly.
These images have a real Marmite responce, some folks love them, some hate them . For me I'm warming to the genre, so much so I'll be setting up a new page to show case my efforts
Image taken with Nikon D3200 40mm,1/5thSec ,F20 and 100 iso
22nd July 2019
Image of the Week (W/C 8th July 2019)
Top image this week is again a flower, taken whilst on holidays in Grand Canaria.
I spotted this Hibiscus with its petals wrapped up as if still cwtch'd up against the night chill.
Taken with a Nikon D3200 with a 50mm Yongnuo Prime set at F5.6 , 1/30thSec and iso 200
15th July 2019
ICM (Intentional Camera Movement)
I'm a big fan of Thomas Heaton, a Landscape photographer on the top of his game, his YouTube channel, is packed with great content, really worth subscribing.
The attached video really got me inspired to try out the technique of Intentional Camera Movement, Thomas introduces you to Andy Gray, not the footballer. Andy centre's his photographic output around ICM .
With all the focus on image stabalisation for Landscape, this technique, just throws it aside, it deliver's abstract images, which look "Art" like.
Looks a simple process but it does challange you, to look for a composition, and what I found most tricky was to get the aperture and shutter speed working in concert, I found the need to take multiple exposures, "Chimping" like a good un. Then you need to spend time in processing to deliver an end result. It did take a lot longer in post then a normal processing session , not a real suprise whilst I'm in learning mode.
Heaton in his video talks about getting out of your comfort zone and thinking outside the box, ICM certainly does this, watch the video check out Andy Gray, give it a go
My first attempt attached taken in Bedwas South Wales alongside the Rhymney River features a dead tree
9th July 2019
Image of the Week (W/C 10th June 2019)
Image of the mountain from Keepers Pond Blaenavon, amazing views of the Welsh Countryside, 3rd visit here first 2 weather was awful, on this Spring morning weather just amazing almost clear blue sky
Taken with the D2X Nikon, Tokina 11-16mm lens set at 14mm , F9 , 1/500thSec and iso 100
18th June 2019
Image of the Week (W/C 3rd June 2019)
Start of the 2nd half of 2019 and the most liked image from last week is this Black and White Image of the A470 taken between Merthyr and Brecon, I'm a leading Line junkie and the scene screamed "Take ME"
Taken with he Nikon D2X and Tokina 11-16 14mm ,F11, 1/125/Sec iso 100
Processed using Photodirector 7
9th June 2019