Pirates Of Machynys Bay

Much of my photography is taken around the same area of Llanelli, Machynys Bay. It has some great sunsets and can be wonderfully dramatic, but it can get a bit samey and that means inspiration tends to wane at time. I’m pretty sure many photographers feel the same way about their own local areas. Whilst I do love the beach I live just a few minutes from, it does...

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Nitro Circus In Llanelli

On 17th June I was lucky enough to be an official photographer for the Nitro Circus event at Parc Y Scarlets, Llanelli. In case you’ve not heard of Nitro Circus it’s basically a bunch of guys and girls on various bikes and contraptions doing stunts. It’s all quite incredible and full of action. The bulk of the action is motocross or bike based, but you...

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The Icons Of Mumbles

On Saturday 7th May we headed down to Mumbles. The reason being was because Swansea Museum had tweeted that “Bristol Channel pilot cutter Olga will be racing her sister ships in a rare sprint in Swansea Bay. 7-8 May, 10am”. On looking at the website it was advised that the best place to see the ships in action was down near Mumbles. This sadly turned into a...

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Brecon Beacons Puddleography

In the current issue (April 2016) of Digital SLR Photography there’s a lovely article about using puddles. Puddleography has it’s called “gives you an alternative view of your surroundings”. A lot of my photography uses sea water to reflect the skies so I quite like the idea of using puddles elsewhere. At the weekend we were up close to the Brecon...

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Back On The Photography Blogging Trail

Eagle eyed readers will have noticed that firstly there’s not been many blogs for a while and secondly the site has had a name change. The latter is due to ‘tog.co.uk’ moving on to new owners. As much as I liked ‘tog’ as a photography domain, the price was right and it’s sale paves the way for a few more camera goodies. One thing the...

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Badger Watching At Dinefwr

Did you know you could go badger watching at Dinefwr near Llandeilo? No nor did I! I always thought that badgers came out at night and that it’d be too dark to photograph them but again that’s not the case. During the summer you can visit a special hide to watch the badgers in action. The keeper takes you to the secret hide and for a couple of hours you...

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Wales National Air Show In Swansea

Over the weekend it was the Wales National Air Show. This is a free event which takes place in Swansea and this year there were displays from The Red Arrows, Sea King Rescue, Team Raven and Tigers Parachute Display Team. Other planes on show included The Vulcan, Spitfires, Typhoon and Royal Navy Black Cats. Fortunately we headed down on the Saturday – the best of...

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Spanish Ruin Sunset

I’ve recently come back from a holiday in Spain so the next few blogs will probably be about shots taken during that time. Along with Jude, I spent a lovely week in a town called Calasparra, which is North of Murcia. It’s not your typical Spanish holiday destination as it’s not near the coast, but it’s a great place to relax. It can be hot...

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Sunset At Sandy Water Park

The wonderful thing about photography is that sometimes you don’t need to go too far from home to capture a shot. On Sunday (5th April) the sky in Llanelli was looking perfect for a beautiful sunset so we jumped into the car with the intention of heading to Burry Port. However as we passed Sandy Water Park – which is just a few minutes down the road –...

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Sunset At Three Cliffs Bay

Last week I was speaking to a landscape photographer. He explained about the meticulous planning involved in getting his shots and he mentioned using simple tools such as a map, tide times and sunset compass to determine the best times to visit locations. Using these tips – and being in the area – it seemed a good time to put things into practice and pop down...

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Positive Energy – Painting With Light

Each year at Llanelli Photographic Society we have a Special Effects competition. Most effects tend to be composites done in Photoshop and that’s not something I’m too hot on. So my entries tend to be of the playing with light ilk. I quite like this style of photography and would like to do a bit more – there’s some stunning effects you can do...

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Shooting Vampires At Pembrey

On Sunday 8th February I was lucky enough to be invited to Pembrey Country Park to shoot vampires! Creative Arts Wales were holding a photoshoot and wanted images to help promote an up and coming event that they’re planning. They wanted a selection of images using their models and were happy for members of Llanelli Photographic Society to come along and help. The...

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A First Step On To Instagram

If there’s one thing I’m not good at – it’s getting my images out there for people to see and building a bigger audience. The website though has had a bit of a sort out and I’ve started posting regularly on Twitter and Facebook. So now it’s time to take a look at Instagram. I had signed up to Instagram before but wrongly assumed it was...

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Paxton Tower In The Snow

Whilst there’s been snow in places around The UK, here in South Wales it’s so far been limited to a few flurries and only on high ground. That said I was fortunate to find a snow scene at Paxton Tower. This monument which was apparently erected in honour of Lord Nelson can be found near Llanarthney in the Towy Valley. I’ve seen it many times in the...

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The Porthcawl Storm Yeti Wave

When The UK is hit by storms it’s inevitable that a stock image of Porthcawl Lighthouse being swamped by large waves will be used by multiple media outlets to demonstrate just how bad the weather has been. Waves over the lighthouse is a classic shot and with a high tide coinciding with stormy weather last Thursday (15th January) there was only one place to be...

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Santa Was A Cool Photo Of The Week

Over on Facebook there are a number of fun photography competition groups – one of which is called Cool Photo Of The Week. A theme is chosen by a previous week’s winner and members then submit their images on that theme. The standard is pretty high and there are some fabulous images posted. During 2014 I came close with two images – one of a rusty ring...

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