is the Welsh name of Fairy Glen Gorge in Snowdonia, North Wales, where the river Conwy forms this beauty spot near Betws-y-Coed.
As if there weren’t enough natural lead in lines, I decided to use the Lee Little Stopper to make the flow in the water visible and the Lee Landscape Polariser helped to bring out colours and details in the wet greens.
Do you now slowly begin to believe in Fairies…?
The Llanberis Tree
Well known and often photographed at the shore of Llyn Padarn in Snowdonia. Many photos of this lone tree have been shown recently but I always enjoy coming back to this place. And of course it is photogenic, no matter the weather conditions.
Tŵr Mawr Lighthouse
The Tŵr Mawr Lighthouse on Ynys Llanddwyn, Anglesey, Wales, which marks the western entrance to the Menai Strait since 1873.
While waiting for the sunset on the magical Llanddwyn Island, I was just killing time with some long exposures and this is one of them.
Touching the clouds
Even on a rainy, grey and dull day, I never get enough of Snowdonia. Do you get an idea why!
Llyn Ogwen Boathouse
This boathouse at Llyn Ogwen in Snowdonia doesn’t need a lot of description because it’s well known and often photographed. I’ve been here a few times but finally I had the cloudy and moody conditions I was always hoping for.
Tell me, was it worth coming back in these conditions for this two minute long exposure?
Tŵr Mawr Sunset
Sunset at Tŵr Mawr Lighthouse on Ynys Llanddwyn, Anglesey, Wales.
Fairy Glen Gorge
The Welsh name of this beautiful gorge on the River Conwy in North Wales is Ffos Noddun, which can be translated to Deep Ditch. The river is channelled into a narrow gorge, forming rapids and cascades. It is a true beauty spot and after quite a few visits in Snowdonia, I’m really happy that I finally had the chance to pay this location a visit.
Dreaming of a Lighthouse
Sweet dreams to all of you…
You reap what you sow
This field is right next to my doorstep and watching how it changes throughout the seasons is amazing. Knowing how technical and efficient modern day agricultural work is, I was literally waiting for this one day of the year, when the Combine Harvester would appear. I wasn’t disappointed when it finally happened. The structures, created by the process looked amazing, the light was right to emphasise the golden colours and the shadows, created by the clouds were a real bonus.
The eye in the sky took off and - for the drone police - of course I asked the guys for permission to fly above them.
East Slade Bay
Despite the dull and muggy but warm weather on a summer afternoon at the Welsh south coast, we spent some quality time at the beach. Even though it wasn’t quite the light I was hoping for, I had to take a few long exposure seascapes and of course I’d like to share them with you.
Can you imagine to waste your time in a better way than with a camera and a set of neutral density filters?
Milky Way over Windmills
Rainy weekends are Photoshop weekends!
Today’s creation is a composite of a nine image Milky Way stack from South Wales, blended with a Windmill of Zaanse Schans in the Netherlands.
Birds eye view of Worgreens Lake
Today I’d like to show you something totally different in my portfolio.
The heart of Worgreens Nature Reserve in the Forest of Dean is a manmade lake with one large and a few smaller islands. Normally I visit the area for a quiet stroll, when I need to clear my head. But now the newest member of my little equipment family, allows me completely new views of a well known area.
Would you like to see more like this?
A Path across
Visiting St. Michael’s Mount in Marazion is always a highlight of a trip to and through Cornwall. I simply can’t get enough of this beautiful place.
Lighthouse in the Clouds
When high tide and sunset come together at the Burnham-on-Sea Low Lighthouse, the place turns into something magical.
Crown Engine House
A calm see and soft evening light at the Botallack Tin Mines in Cornwall.
Have I lost my mind, trying to amplify the mood by a 360 second long exposure or do you think the artistic approach was the right thing to do in this scenery?
The Arc over Ruins
This image is not quite straight out of camera. In fact there are about 60 miles and eight months time between the foreground and the sky, means it is a composite.
What happened? A few weeks ago I took the opportunity to shoot the Milky Way in South Wales. The entire arc is a panorama of 9 vertical images. I never tried that before and really wanted to have the panorama - but there was no pleasing foreground in the scenery at all. Then I remembered that I had an image of these barn ruins in Central Wales from last year, sleeping on my hard disk, which I thought would make a nice base for the Milky Way. Photoshop helped me to bring them both together
Nash Point Lighthouse
It doesn’t happen very often that I present a monochrome image, which is mainly because I see in colour and I love colours. But occasionally, when I couldn’t resist taking my camera out in harsh sunlight, because the structure of the lighthouse was looking too inviting and the wind was blowing the clouds very fast into the right direction, then… Well then it has to be a monochrome I guess.
Galactic Center of the Milky Way
For a very long time I was waiting for an opportunity to photograph the Galactic Center of the Milky Way. Last bank holiday weekend, time and conditions were finally right. Spending the night sitting on top of a cliff on the Gower Peninsula, South Wales, in cold conditions with icy northerly winds, was a very special experience for me. As a novice in this field of astro photography I struggled with all sort of difficulties and had a very steep learning curve. Eventually I managed to get to a result I am happy with.
Against the Wind
The foam in the water, driven straight towards me by the storm over the Craig Goch Reservoir, Elan Valley in Wales, initially caught my eye. The use of a Lee Big Stopper plus a 3 stop hard grad filter, gave me the result I was hoping for, in this 110 second long exposure.
Garreg Ddu Dam
I found myself in a totally unexpected calm morning at the Elan Valley in central Wales. The elegant bend of the Garreg Ddu Dam leads to a mirror like reflection of its valve tower, embedded in the beauty of the surrounding landscape.
Island in the Clouds
St. Michael’s Mount in Marazion, Cornwall.
Let’s call it digital improvement 😉 Still, this image has been created from a single long exposure RAW file.
The wreck of the Vonette, a three masted schooner, on the beach of Bray-Dunes in France, just across the border to Belgium.
This was my very last shot of 2018, on the dull afternoon of new years eve.
A morning at Zaanse Schans
One of the famous windmills at Zaanse Schans in the Netherlands, in the shine of a glorious sunrise.