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



Summer seas


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




Minimalist during the fog






Occasional visits from Dolphins

Mondays work-3


Stunning sunsets

Saturday sundown

And some good cloud formations

Peeping through

Moody monday


Wind power

Close the curtains

The light and dark

Storm panorama


The Alarm – Gathering MMXV

I had the opportunity to attend “The Gathering”. A yearly concert by local but world famous band The Alarm.

I attended last year on the Saturday evening and thoroughly enjoyed it after a last minute invite. This year, I helped unload vans full of equipment and set up the stage  in return for a ticket for the Friday acoustic night.

First on stage was a band called The Deportees. After a quick Google about them, I found two bands with the same name. One from Sweden and one from Aberdeen. I have a feeling they are the latter after looking at the images. Either way, they were a brilliant folky style band with some very good songs.

The Deportees



A local Choir “Acquire” joined onstage for Mikes Set providing backing vocals for some of his tracks.


Mike Peters of The Alarm







Rugged Man – Bristol

240 ish miles. 9 Hours there and back. 3 hours in the club. A lot of good music.

I’ve wanted to see R.A the Rugged Man for a long, long time so when I found out he was playing in the UK I made plans to go see him, wherever he was playing. With my work rota, it turned out Bristol was the only date I could make so booked tickets. When booking I noticed Pharoahe Monch was the headliner for the night with Blak Twang also playing.

R.A also had a few guests with him: Locksmith- a rapper from California who I’d seen on Youtube a while back and has very good flow. Eamon- who had worldwide chart success with “Fuck it (I don’t want you back)” a few years ago, and has more recently provided the backing vocals for two tracks on Rugged Man’s album, Legends never die, and A.F.R.O – a 17 year old kid with ridiculous flow, who had recently won a Rugged Man contest.

I only took my 50mm f1.8 and my Canon 550d with me. I forgot my flash and my on camera flash decided not to work so there are a lot of noisy images here. The lighting wasn’t great – especially after Blak Twang and being at the front of the crowd with a fixed lens meant I was fairly restricted in what I could shoot. Still, a cracking night.

Blak Twang 

Black Twang (1) Black Twang (3) Black Twang (6)


Locksmith (1) Locksmith





R.A.The Rugged Man

Rugged Man (5)


Pharoahe Monch

Pharoe (1) Pharoe (2)

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.



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.



On the way back down to the car.


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