Thursday, 28 August 2008

Explosions In The Sky

I had it in mind that used tastefully, High Dynamic Range Imaging could be quite effective for adding drama to architectural shots. This shot is perhaps a little bit overcooked on the HDR treatment for the subtle 'larger than life but believable' feeling I was after.

Porth Clais, St David's, Pembrokeshire

Wednesday, 27 August 2008


This crumbling Welsh cottage was only accessible by climbing through ivy and a partly collapsed doorway. Well worth the liberal covering of dust I left with.

Tuesday, 26 August 2008

From Here You Can Almost See The Sea

Surf Kayaking at Newgale beach, Pembrokeshire.

This simple composition was partly inspired by the wonderfully abstract work of [Patrice Schreyer] who is taking a break from the rat race with an extended photographic exploration of Iceland.

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Saturday, 23 August 2008


These panoriamic shots are all taken in the Ceiriog valley, North Wales.

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Friday, 22 August 2008

Fisherman's Blues

I would need to search deeper into my psyche than I care to tread this lunchtime, looking for an answer to where this idea came from, and more alarmingly why I carried it through. I should write something meaningful about depleting fish stocks or UK fish quotas. All I really know is that the fishmongers is definitely not going to route through their bins for fish heads for a 3rd time. This shot was taken in the barn below.

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Thursday, 21 August 2008

Summertime rolls...

These shots were taken in the rather wonderful Ceiriog Valley, North Wales.

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Wednesday, 20 August 2008


This is really an outtake, taken between posed shots duing a semi-formal portrait session for a friend Cath, but I think this is the cute shot.

Wednesday, 13 August 2008

Iceland #10 - Panoramas

Each of these shots is made up of 5 images, giving an almost 180 degree panorama image. It works quite well for these epic volcanic and glacial landscapes of Iceland's Skaftafell National Park.

A friend told me that the flat-top mountain in the middle image is actually the result of a volcano erupting under a glacier!

These are most definitely the last of the Iceland series.

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Tuesday, 12 August 2008

Iceland #9 - Rock

Iceland rock detail. Click images to view larger

Monday, 11 August 2008

Iceland #8 - Black & White

Iceland Black & White studies. Click images to view larger

Sunday, 10 August 2008


The handsome Mr Cranwell

I wonder how transient such stylised photography is? It's so temping when looking at a straight rendition of a portrait shot next to something stylised like this, tweaked for high-contrast and de-saturated colour, to be drawn to the ‘sheer f**k off-ness’* of the latter. Looking back in a year or two though, will this image scream 2008 styling and the handsome Mr Cranwell take second place? In funky 1970’s magazines I have found in charity shops, it almost looked like soft focus and star-effect filters were fashionable. Probably best to stop thinking about it and go take some pictures.

*Apologies for implying swear-words on a photography blog, in my defense though, it’s a quote from the rather good film Sexy Beast.

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Saturday, 9 August 2008

Clunkers Bash 2008

These inventive chaps turned up a party celebrating of the history of mountain biking (The Klunkers Bash) with a prototype pick-up truck Jacuzzi. It needed a couple of week’s hard work, two generators and a lot of silicone sealant to turn the back of their truck into a watertight open-air Jacuzzi. These images show them in their moment of glory when it briefly worked. It shinned for five minutes, until the site owners told them to turn off the generators or leave the event. The water never did get above 8 degrees centigrade. I say support the underdog, their inventive outdoor water feature should be an official part of the event next year.

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Friday, 8 August 2008

A rest from Iceland pictures...

Taken at a rather bizarre medieval camp reenactment we accidently stumbled into. I am quite please we did now… Thanks for letting me take your picture, and Mom, get in touch for a copy!
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Thursday, 7 August 2008

Iceland #7 - Simplicity

Shots on the idea of simplicity. Iceland.
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Wednesday, 6 August 2008

Iceland #6 - Lava

Lava fields, Iceland.

The second to bottom image here shows a evidence of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge that lies across Iceland. The fault show here is actually the result of the slow movement apart of the Eurasian and North American continental tectonic plates, which are parting by 2cm a year.

Over one third of Iceland is volcanically active and scattered with lava fields. Iceland is far enough north that it should be entirely covered by ice and snow, like Greenland to the west. The heat generated by the ridge keeps the country in a constant state of thaw.

Tuesday, 5 August 2008

Iceland #5 - Iceflow