More time at sea

Here are a few more shots from the past few months at sea. I’ve seen some good weather fronts so I thought I’d try to capture them as best as I could.  Here’s what I got.

 

The view from the river including Talacre Light House

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Summer seas

 

Some good patterns are made from the wake of other vessels on a calm day.

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Minimalist during the fog

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Work

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Occasional visits from Dolphins

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Stunning sunsets

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And some good cloud formations

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Moody monday

Brewing

Wind power

Close the curtains

The light and dark

Storm panorama

 

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Back to the summer skies

Well, I’ve been absent from this blog for a while. I have been fairly active with the camera but haven’t really put too much time into the social media side of things. The summer skies are on their way with slightly warmer nights, and with my new shift pattern, I get more chances of catching a clear sky on my time off.

Here’s a few from the past couple of months.

Star watching in Snowdonia
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Wind farms on the Denbigh Moors

Redundant energy

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South Stack light house

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Penmon light house

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The ISS pass over Gwaenysgor transmitters

ISS passThe eclipse, taken from a moving boat

Eclipse 

While you are sleeping…

One of my favourite photography genres is night photography, especially the stars. In North Wales we have some cracking places to sit and watch the other worlds go by, weather permitting of course. I usually try to get out when there is no, or little moon, and as far away from the light pollution because even if you think you are somewhere dark, the sensor of the camera will pick up so much.

With my star trail shots, I started off using free software called Starstax (www.starstax.de) but now I use Photoshop to create the final image. All of the shots in this blog are taken with my Canon 550d, and most are shot on the Sigma 10-20 f4-5.6 lens with one exception when I used the Sigma 17-25 f2.8.

This is one of the first that I took. Its an old passenger ship that is permanently moored on the North Wales coast. The light pollution is coming from Liverpool and the Wirral.

One shot.

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110 shots stacked.

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The next shot is a small church in Cefn near St.Asaph.

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124 shots. Would have been more but the clouds started coming in.

St Marys Church star trails

A month or so back, me and a friend went to Llyn Geirionydd.

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134 shots. I actually took 170 but the lens started to fog up due to the cold.

Old lake shelter

This shot of llansylnnin church in the Conwy Valley was taken using the Sigma 17-35 at f2.8. The difference is unreal. It picks up a lot more stars. Unfortunately, the clouds came in early again! I didn’t get the shot to light up the foreground like I usually do but I think it works quite well.

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Another angle from that night using the fish eye lens.

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The Milky way is one of the most spectacular sights you will ever see. If you ever get the chance then do it, you won’t regret it.

These were taken on the Denbigh moors just after midnight in June.

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And this one at nearly 2am in Snowdonia in July.

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I look forward to spending some more nights searching for the milky way, watching hundreds of satellites pass above my head, and waiting for the sun to rise.

 

An early start

This is my first post of the new year. I’ve been busy with work recently and haven’t really had the time to keep up with this, and although I have had my camera with me most days, I haven’t done much with it.

I had planned to get up early on my day off to go and get the sunrise over Llangollen. After dropping my wife off at the train station at 5.40 a.m  I picked up a friend and headed over to Llangollen. After finding the car park, we headed up the Panorama Walk, only to miss the turn off to the point we wanted to get to, meaning a long walk around. Luckily, we had enough time to get to where we wanted before sunrise.

Greeted by this, we headed towards the end of the fence.

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There was a lovely view of Castell Dinas Bran too from up there with the moon still visible.Image

I thought I’d try my hand at a panoramic of the scene. This is 9 vertical shots stitched using Microsoft ICE.

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On the way back down to the car.

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We then headed to Pistyll Rhaeadr in Powys. The highest waterfall in Wales.

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