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.
Botallack Tin Mine
The Crown Engine Houses at the Botallack Tin Mine in Cornwall at sunset.
During my visit the sea was calm and so was the sky but I wondered how many storms these buildings must have seen, especially sitting that low down the cliffs, being exposed to the elements.
To infinity and beyond
Rarely you find such a tiny stretch of coast that gives a photographer so many compositional opportunities. Trebarwith Strand in north Cornwall has made it immediately on my list of favourite places!
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.
Stairway to St. Michael’s Mount
St. Michael’s Mount in Marazion, Cornwall, gives you loads of photographic opportunities. Even on a day when sunrise, which happens behind you, and high tide are at the exact same time, you find a composition. Here is a wide angle take for you.
After driving more than three hours, we arrived just for sunset at this spectacular stretch of coast in North Cornwall. There wasn’t a lot of time for thinking about potential compositions, just get out there and shoot quickly before the light was lost! Against my usual preference for long exposures, I decided to include the motion in the water as one of the main subjects.
Two things always manage to amaze me:
First of all, finding a quiet place in Marazion over the easter weekend, when entire Cornwall is crowded.
And second how a long exposure transforms an ordinary seascape into something very special. I hope you enjoy.
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.
Stream and Cascade
A little stream is forming a cascade, right next to the road at the Elan Valley in Central Wales. Soon after, its waters will join the Garreg Ddu Reservoir. To me it is proof again that you can find beauty everywhere if you open your eyes for the small things...
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.
Craig Goch Dam and Valve Tower
This is the water level required to cause Craig Goch Dam in Central Wales to overflow. 41 seconds exposure time, using a Lee Big Stopper plus a 2 stop graduated filter, were enough to make the motion in the fast moving clouds visible, just the way I wanted it.
Dream a little Dream with me
A long exposure sunset at Nash Point in South Wales.
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.