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View from Dinefwr

View from Dinefwr

A wonderful view of the Welsh countryside taken on an unexpected trip to Dinefwr castle. Unexpected because we had stopped to visit friends who recently moved to a town nearby and  suggested we visit the grounds for the afternoon. Dinefwr park and castle is situated near the town of Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire, Wales. The picture here was taken standing at the top of one of the towers looking across the park toward Newton house (top left). The wind was blowing a gale and keeping the camera steady was a real struggle, however due to the time of day the shutter speed was easily fast enough to eliminate any chance of camera shake. I took a series of shots but had to wait a short while before the clouds moved into the right place for the sun to light up the house.

Fuji X10, 3 exposures bracketed +/-1EV. Processed in Photomatix and Lightroom 5.

Blog, HDR, Landscapes, Mono, Urbex

Last cafe

Last Cafe

This used to be the last cafe between the English and Scottish border in Northumberland. Since it’s closure, the last cafe is now a couple of miles further back up the road. I bet their sign went up pretty darn quick following this place’s demise.

No filters, processed in Photomatix Pro, Topaz B&W Effect2 and Lightroom 5.

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Blog, HDR, Landscapes, Mono

Tarr Steps mono

Tarr steps

One of my Fave shots so far this year.

The contrast of light was so great that I had to bracket exposures even with my ND grads on. Blended in Photomatix then converted to mono using Topaz B&W Effect2, addition work in Lightroom 5.

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Tarr Steps

Tarr Steps

I’ve been neglecting this blog somewhat so it’s about time I got things started again.

I’ve decided to start posting new pics here as well as uploading to Flickr, just to keep things ticking over. These will consist mainly of just pictures with little or no text to accompany them. So lets kick things off with a few pics taken during our new years holiday to Somerset. Apologies to those who may have already seen these posted to Flickr.

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Pett Level Pill box revisit

Having set off from a successful shoot at Winchelsea beach I headed back towards Pett level and decided to make a return visit to the WW2 pill box. I had made a short visit here earlier in the year but only took a few pics of the pill box itself. The old magazine and gun emplacement still exists and can be found about 20 yards down to the left and it was here that I wanted to get a better look at this time.

As you walk across you can see the concrete roof and this walled trench linking one part to another. Moving down a little further reveals the entrance and steps down into the main areas where access is very easy indeed. The main thing I found was how dark it was in side the main room, taking me a good few minutes for my eyes to adjust.

As you can see by all the tagging there have been many visitors down here over the years. The exposures needed to get the shots from inside this room were quite long, ranging from 30 seconds to 2 minutes to get the brackets needed to make the HDR image you see here.

As you move on from the room pictures above you enter into the magazine area and then through towards the trench you can see from the second picture taken from up top. A you walk through there are two more small rooms/storage areas to your right and then straight ahead is a partial ladder which gets you back up top…Well at least it used to; this and a couple of other holes have been covered over with metal grates presumably to stop people falling down after dark.

There’s a fair amount of tagging covering the walls of this place, unfortunately nothing of any note.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this little visit, thanks for looking.

Blog, Events, HDR

Red Fantastic

The star of the show.

Of all the Morgans that I saw during my visit to Bodiam Castle, it has to be this gorgeous fiery red beast that won the day. Red is just a fantastic colour, especially when applied to sports cars as they just pop out at you exclaiming, ‘here I am, come look at me’.

There’s so much detail on older cars that it sometimes can be difficult to know where to start. You could spend ages concentrating on the headlights or a spoked wheel, let alone getting the car as a whole.

I suppose when you own such a vehicle it would be very hard, if not impossible, not to be a member of some kind of club. This person certainly seems to be a loyal member, and gives folks like us even more great details to hone in on. The shot above is in fact a different car, sporting a slightly darker, metallic finish.

I was rather pleased how this shot of the rear came out, with so much vibrancy and detail it almost leaps off the screen.

The only thing that was slightly disappointing yet unavoidable, was the run of the mill family cars that were park all around them, meaning that there was virtually no angle that could be taken where you eliminate them from the frame.  Still, I was pretty happy with what I got all the same.