July 2014

28th July 2014
July 2014

As per usual I did quite a bit of 'tramping' around, especially as the weather during most of the month was perfect for capturing rural views and nice little details of nature.

I actually had a fair amount of 'real work' this month, but can't show it off until the books reach the shelves, probably by Christmas, or perhaps even later.

All I can show are mainly non-work related images. So here goes.

The first trip of the month was on behalf of the Wales Air Ambulance to the trotting event at Tan-y-castell, near Aberystwyth.

However the first photo-journey was on a blisteringly hot morning to Cors Caron (Tregaron Bog), where there was plenty of insect activity.

A nice fat dragonfly in flight.

And a picture which drove me crazy, it was so diddicult to get right.

One requires a huge amount of patience to get the kind of close-ups of insects I want, out in the 'wild'.

Luckily this little red damselfly sat still for a few seconds, allowing two clicks - one sharp, and the other - well, not quite so sharp!

Then a retreat to the cool haven of the Talbot Inn at Tregaron, for a 'home cooked' treat of a meal and long, cool drink..

A couple of days later a sortie to Caernarfon, gardening duty, and the "Wales Book of the Year' ceremony at Galeri.

I took a camera 'just in case...' and indeed I was asked to take a few pictures.

By the time I actually got to take a portrait of Ioan Kidd, who'd won all honours for Welsh language works, it was decidedly dark. Forgive the quality, but it's worth seeing the very surprised Mr Kidd with all the honours before him.

And here's Owen Sheers receiving his (English) Book of the Year award.

Some of the pictures were used in press releases and by the news magazine Golwg

By the time we'd got home, my new G-RAID discs had arrived, and so several hours of fiddling eventually got 12TB of various kinds or storage up and running nicely (4 + 4copy; 4 Timemachine).

With this work - trying to achieve a professional level of image quality and service COSTS. It costs a great deal. However some people still want work for next or nothing, or even for free (I'm sure they get a salary though!). I'm very often offered sums which are well below the cost of production.

This month alone I have 4 examples of 'image theft' and one of breaking of an agreement. There's absolutely no use in complaining, it's just boring.

On the way to one of the photo 'gigs' i stopped-off to take these, in north Herefordshire.

Then after getting home, a purposeful attempt to record the variety of plant and wildlife in the hedges along a remarkable little lane near our home.

And who can resist a romantic sunset, even if it is at Clarach.

Then to make use of my RSPB membership, off to Ynys-hir nature reserve for a brisk walk through the woodland and wetland there.

Then came the second 'book push' and a short rest on the way, at Grosmont where I discovered an interesting castle and an amazing church.

Away again to visit family in north east Wales, and the church bells rang out in the sunshine at Llannefydd, near Denbigh.

As I post this, the month isn't quite over, however I've a very busy couple of weeks ahead, so I'm putting this little piece to bed before the month becomes 'old hat'.

But being so close to the end of the month gives me some slack in posting this little panel of recent work - the publications are either already 'out' or will be within a few days. New for me is the use of a picture on the cover of a DVD - Edward H Dafis's last gig (a classic Welsh rock band).

Lastly... I'm taking bookings for illustrated talks over the winter / next spring. If you'd like me to present your society etc with a talk on 'the year through the lens' or 'tips on taking better digital pictures', then please do get in touch. I now have my own projector and screen!

Thanks for reading. Until next time.



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