Last Saturday was very wet, windy and with dull lighting. We drove down the coast to the village of Aberdaron, but it was so windy we could hardly stand up straight on the beach. Driving over to the north side of the LlÅ·n Peninsula to Nefyn the weather was a little calmer and I took the above photography as an interesting coastal detail. We were stood at the top of a hill looking down to the beach where over a dozen fishermen were setting up to go fishing, this little piece of rope seemed worthy of a photograph. It’s the type of coastal or seaside details I really enjoy both photographing and looking at and I am very much looking forward to getting a nice big print of this to put up on the wall of my flat.
After a morning climbing up the Great Orme in Llandudno we then went on to Caernarfon. It was definitely castle photography weather this time last week. The most difficult part about composing this picture was all the boats in the bottom half of the picture. With my 18mm wide angle lens it was impossible to get the picture I wanted without “cutting” one of the boats in half by the frame of the picture. It would have been a more pleasing composition with another white yacht in the centre of the image. Using Adobe Photoshop I applied a natural density graduated filter to lighten the lower half of the photograph.
Last Saturday I took a trip to the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct in north Wales. It is a navigable aqueduct which carries the Llangollen Canal (and its canal boats) over the valley of the River Dee. It is the longest and highest aqueduct in Britain. It is quite daunting to walk the thousand feet along the path by the side of the water. To one side you have the hand rail and the other side of the water (to the left in the above photo) is over a hundred foot drop. Having done a bit of research on this aqueduct I can tell you it was built by Thomas Telford, opened in November of 1805, took ten years to design and build and cost £47,000 (at the time). I ended up arriving at this location a little late in the day. By the time I had walked across it the sun was setting behind the hills so I could walk down to get a photograph looking up at the aqueduct, not to worry though, because I can always go back (and I will)…enjoy.
So today I am off travelling again, this time to Ireland. We ended up setting off a little late but arrived on perfect time to catch the 2:30pm Stena Line Ferry from Holyhead in Wales to Dublin, Ireland. The ferry crossing was very comfortable and smooth. It wasn’t the fast ferry (it took about 3-4 hours) but I would say the boat was only half full. This photo was taken from the top deck of the ferry whilst waiting to leave port at Holyhead, it shows an Irish Ferries ship waiting to journey back across to Ireland.