Me and a Paul from Camera Club took a trip out to North Wales this weekend. We had Talacre Beach Lighthouse at sunrise in mind when we headed out but ended up shooting at three locations throughout the morning. So it was quite a fruitful day.
We got there at about 6.30 am as dawn was just approaching. Trying to park the car amongst all the massive puddles (more like pits full of water) in the dark was fun. I’m glad i wasnt driving – cheers Paul. We then trundled across the soft sand towards the lighthouse and set up the beasty wide angle Sigmas (10-20mm). Sweet lens!
After walking around the lighthouse trying to find the right spot (without too much crappy graffiti – and it was crappy) we clicked a few shots off to set up and associate with the scene.
I haven’t got round to processing my sunrise shots yet but for me it was later in the morning as the sun was rising that liked best when i got this little gem: -
Check out the star from the 'bling' filter!
After Talacre Beach we got out the old trusty map (paper version of course) and scanned the coast for some other local opportunities. This led us to Llanddulas Beach where we found some interesting features.
When we arrived, we saw some bird spotters and fishermen near the car park of the beach. My immediate thoughts were ‘silhouettes of the fishermen’ or something similar. But we decided to scout the rest of the beach first. It was a great thing we did because at the end of this stretch of the beach we found a stunning bit of falling water (you might say, waterfall). I say stunning because the light was just creeping up over the background rocks and glistening on the water.
I knew exactly what shot i wanted but in order to capture it i needed to be on the other side of the fast flowing water! Some steady footwork and tight gripping on my equipment (photographic equipment, that is) was needed to take the ‘hairy’ journey to the other side. – a bit frightening (frightened for the safety of my equipment) but totally worth the effort: -
Check out the lush light on the rocks! Yum!
After i got this shot i didn’t care what other opportunities there were. I just knew i had captured something pretty spesh. I think the water and the rocks make this image look pretty powerful.
After Llanddulas we headed in the direction of home and decided to stop off at Flint Castle along the way. There is a sort of big moat/low area of ground around the bottom of the structure so we walked around the outside area first thinking we would get a shot of the whole subject but it turned out that there wasnt really a great angle to shoot from considering we were at mid-day now and the light was creating all sorts of harsh shadows. So i headed inside the ruin.
As soon as i walked in i noticed this big circular well-hole (yes, i know they tend to be circular) with a grid on it and one corner of the castle ruin lit up with bright sunlight – obvious compositional choice for me: -
Well.... it's a castle
Like I said, I have lots more exposures to go through and process but these are just a little taster from my selection so far.
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