March 2015

08th April 2015
March 2015

I thought things had been rather quiet since my last post, but looking back on an array of photos, I seem to have been reasonably busy!

I had a couple of great days following in the footsteps of Owain Glyndŵr! One day at Tonfanau looking for Owain's cave, and another between Leominster and Hereford photographing a very fine house.

The pictures, together with a few more are destined for an important volume by Prof. Gruffydd Aled Williams charting the 'last days of Glyndŵr', to be published shortly by y Lolfa.

The heavily eroded pebble beach at Tonfanau was littered with collapsed red brick walls, presumably from the old military camp nearby. The camp where (to paraphrase a commemorative plaque) those that entered the gates as boys, left as men.


It was nice to visit Llangelynnin church once more - all ancient, and damp and quaint and down to earth.

With Marian on a work trip to Caernarfon, I (amongst other things) went for a jaunt around some easily accessible places.

Nant Gwynant

Dolbadarn Castle

The Dinorwig area looked very sad, with many derelict cottages scattered around (too close to the quarry spoils, perhaps?).

Here's Deiniolen in the distance, an old, hard, quarrying village, relatively high up in the cold mountains, and famous for an amazing band.

Then there came a rush of 'people pictures', including Dr Heather Williams of the Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies. Congratulations to her on winning the the M Wynn Thomas award.

It was the people, not the sun which caught my eye at rhe Eclipse.

The very low tide at y Borth was a big disappointment, as the hoped-for pictures of the sunken forest didn't really materialise - the sand has already returned to hide the scene. Still, I can't complain, as I already have some cracking shots of the place with all those stumps revealed.

Here's what it's like now.

On another stroll along Borth beach I noticed this interesting pattern and texture.

Local residents can apply for a licence to lay nets along the beach. Here's a resident who's caught a plump sea bass.

I can't go for more than a couple of weeks without a breath of Ceredigion mountain air.

The Photography Show was on at the NEC, so a comfortable train ride down the line, and I was there, drooling over all the latest must-have bits and bobs. And I did indeed come away with another full frame camera, this time a Canon 1Dx. I'll now have two large sensor cameras, each different enough to give me a greater scope of use, but similar enough to act as backups for each other. I now hardly ever use crop sensor cameras, except when i need extra reach with a long-ish zoom lens.

Also on the train back with me was a bundle of superb Hahnemuhle printing paper.

Here's one of the first pictures taken with the new camera, a Chaffinch at Bwlch Nant yr Arian.

Later on, these Red Kites.

There's an awful lot to learn about the new camera, and not just what the buttons do, but also the subtle differences in the way the old and the new handle different conditions.

This picture of the creeping sea mist enveloping the valleys out towards Blaenplwyf, taken with the 1Dx. would have looked different, and to my eye somewhat better, had it been taken with the 5Diii. The bird pictures on the other hand, are better on the 1Dx.

As per usual, I'll leave you with a Clarach sunset, indeed as a special bonus - two Clarach sunsets!

Thanks for reading.


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