This photograph has been a long time in the making, it is taken from Holyhead, which is on the west coast of Anglesey, which is off the north west coast of Wales. In fact it is so far west that my mobile phone connected to the Irish telephone networks! Last year I tried to get a photograph of South Stack but ended up at the wrong lighthouse on Anglesey (at the time the name escaped me and without a name searching is a little difficult). It was an extra 80 mile round trip out of my way just to capture the above image but it was worth it. The lighting wasn’t stunning but at least I now know where it is for next time!
This time last week I was hoping to go to an off-road driving event with Eddie in North Wales; however he didn’t have his new Land Rover 4×4 so had to cancel. He was over with us in Chester on the Saturday night so after breakfast it was time to go for a drive and make the most of the day. Looking at the map I pointed out the area between Holywell and Rhyl. Eddie knows the area really well and he told me of the Talarce Lighthouse in Wales. And this is where we ended up, the sunlight wasn’t perfect so I will have to go back again, but at least I now know where it is when I return.
Ever since I started taking photographs at night with my camera on a tripod a couple of years ago, I have wanted to get a nice long exposure of the sea moving at night. Having studied other photographs with this blurred water effect, this was the first time I got to try this technique properly. The lighthouse is lovely and sharp, but the moving water is nice and soft. There was a lot of orange light pollution coming from Merseyside behind me, which caused the white lighthouse to appear to have a pink / orange colour. However I think this looks very effective.
After Sunday morning’s shoot photography and a lovely Sunday lunch at the Duke, I decided to go bowling with Mark and Rachel. Mark had told me about a lighthouse that would be worth photographing at New Brighton and as there is a bowling alley on the seafront, I thought it might be worth a picture. When we set off it was raining, even when I parked it was still very cloudy and wet. After waiting 20 minutes the sun came out for a few moments whilst we were walking down the beach. I love the really dark clouds behind what was originally known as Perch Rock Lighthouse.