Lynmouth Weekend – 1

This is another image from our weekend with the family in Lynmouth, North Devon.  We arrived first, on a rather grey, late February afternoon.  The light was going, but we just had time for a very quick walk down from our rented cottage into Lynmouth.  This first image from a Lynmouth series is looking up the River Lyn from the road bridge.  Since the light was going and the colour image was a bit ‘flat’, I thought it would be good to try another B&W image.  It was another chance to play with the newly acquired NIK collection.  This time I picked a B&W preset from the HDR Efex Pro 2 tool and applied it to a single exposure.  Apart from the ‘halo’ between the sky and the treeline, I was quite pleased with the result after I had made some fine adjustments.  I should have taken time to remove the halo, but time is in short supply at the moment.

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Our cottage was a couple of ‘zig zags’ up the road on the left hand side of the picture.  We needed to do ‘3 point turns’ to get around the corners.

I hope to continue posting images from Lynmouth, but maybe not as a continuous series.

 

 

 

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Groyne at Blue Anchor Bay

About a month ago, we were lucky enough to spend a weekend with our eldest son and family, at a cottage in Lynmouth, North Devon.  On the way there, we took a scenic route along the coast of North Somerset and I snapped this groyne at Blue Anchor Bay.

Initial thoughts on the image were not promising, but today I was looking for something to try out Silver Efex Pro 2, now that Google have kindly made it a free download.  I stumbled on this one, and found the program pretty user friendly.  I chose one of the presets which gave this ‘grainy’ look, boosted the contrast a little more and arrived at this.

I think it is much more pleasing to my eye that the original colour image.

Groyne at Blue Anchor Bay

Maybe it is an overly simple shot, being no more than a row of old wooden posts, leading off to the water, and eventually to the coast of Wales in the distance.  There are a few Gulls on the shoreline, and the grainy processing has done them no favours, but I still quite like the final result.

There would have been many alternative ways to present this shot that would have proved more attractive to some eyes, perhaps on a different day to my eyes, but this is today’s effort.

River Thames Walk – A New Start to my Photo Musings

It’s been a long time since my last post, a very long time at nearly a full year.  It seems to have been difficult to find the time.  To be fair, we have been quite busy, with other priorities and this state will continue for a while.  I have, however, always enjoyed blogging and intend to carry on.  I can only hope that some of my blogging friends are still out there, and spot my attempt at a restart.

I’m not going to spend too long on this post, otherwise I may not get going again.

This is just a few of the shots that I took along the south bank of the Thames when Dee and I visited our youngest son back in January.  I won’t, on this occasion, write about the images.  I’m just trying to remember how to produce a blog post, and WordPress have changed things a bit!

Under Tower Bridge

Standing

Standing

Multi-Tasking

Walking the Dog

Sharp Building

The way to St Paul's

Across the River

Across the River (B&W)

Home Sweet Home

Pilgrim Father

Thames Skyline

Bridging the Thames

Lines & Grids

 

This was just for practice.  I will blog again soon.

Monochrome Moments – 2

The next one in this series is also from our walk around London at the end of October.  Having walked through the City, we were returning to the South Bank over the Millenium Bridge.  Having just fitted my Samyang Fisheye, I thought it would be worth a bit of a ‘panorama’ looking downstream towards The Shard.  I guess that I could have used this image in the Fisheye Fun series, but having done a mono conversion, I thought that this series might be more appropriate.

Although it is not so far, the fisheye lens makes Tower Bridge appear miles away.  The B&W conversion was done by ‘fiddling around’ in Topaz B&W Effects.  I can’t remember the actual adjustments now.

From The Millenium BridgeI guess that if I could have worked out how to do it, this could have been an entry into the five days black and white challenge suggested by Mike Osborn in his comment to my Monochrome Moments – 1.  I may just go ahead and post a few more on a daily basis anyway.

Pembrokeshire – 3

The third image in this Pembrokeshire series (also see here and here) is also in the Carew area.  This photo shows both the Castle and the Tidal Mill at Carew, but this time they are not really the subject of the image.  We had arrived at our  rental cottage about an hour and a half before sunset on a clear day, so as the forecast for the next few days was awful, we decided to have a quick local walk and finish by trying to capture a sunset over the estuary.  This was the best I could manage.

wpid-B050090-Edit_1-Edit_2-Edit_tonemapped.jpgThe weather didn’t cooperate.  The clouds rolled in from the west, obscuring the sunset.  Wait for the sun to light the overhead clouds is the usual rule for photographers.   We waited and waited, but this didn’t happen either as the clouds dispersed before they became high enough in the sky.  I haven’t cropped this to ‘letterbox’ as I usually tend to, because I quite liked the expanse of twilight blue.  If you look closely, it is possible to see a couple of wispy clouds in the top third of the frame, but they didn’t light up orange as I had hoped.  They were just too thin.

 

Springtime in the woods

It’s time for a walk in the woods.  Actually, this is a mere stroll compared with the day before’s hike around Culbone.  After the mild winter, it has been everyone’s expectation that this year will see an early show of bluebells.  With this in mind, we decided to take a stroll around some local woodland to see what we could find.

There was no carpet of blue yet, but where the most light and sun could find its way through, there were some well developed flowers to be seen.  I think primroses were still stealing the show but bluebells were on their way as well.  Compared to last year, I think the bluebells are probably 2-3 weeks ahead, at least in this wood.  There were also plenty of other spring blooms on show.

The final image in this gallery is a very strong clue as to where this woodland can be found, though it doesn’t look quite as it did a few years ago.

I’m not posting very regularly at the moment, but please keep an eye open to see what may come next.

Lyme Regis – Leaving Harbour

I was attracted by the colourful sail of this catamaran leaving Lyme Regis harbour, just as the sky was darkening as the next weather system started to appear from the west.  It was still fairly calm in the bay, so this boat and the paddleboarder on the right, should have enjoyed some pleasant time during the remainder of the afternoon.  As the sun disappeared, we thought that it was time to walk back up to the car and head home.

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Lyme Regis – Miss Pattie

This was taken on 16 February, one of the days when a gale wasn’t blowing.  In fact, the sun shone, though it was still chilly.  Appearances can be misleading when viewing the peaceful and intact entrance to Lyme Regis harbour, with Miss Pattie quietly floating at her mooring and group family portraits being made on the Cobb.

wpid-20140216-_2160042.jpgThere were very few boats in the harbour, most having been removed for their own safety during the chain of gales which have recently battered this coast.  Other viewpoints around the harbour and Cobb show that significant damage has been caused by those storms.  I will post some more images from this visit, some of which will give an indication of the damage.  Please keep an eye open for them.