The last Image of the week for 2021 a nature image of Purple Rain. My garden and the change of seasons are rich with images to capture , the vast majority of my content in Flowers and Plants come from this location
Photograph taken with my Nikon D2X fitted with the fantastic Tokina 100m , just the best for close up and macro work. Settings F200,1/200th, and 100ISO. Flash deployed
3rd January 2022
Image of the Week (W/C 20th December 2021)
An image that has appeared in Leading Lines and is currently available for sale via 500Px . Taken on the moutain road connecting the Rhymney Valley with the Merthyr Valley
A way forward image with the road and verge drawing the viewer into the distance .
Taken with a Nikon D3200 with Tamron 10-24mm Lens , seetings 10mm, F6.3, 1/125thSec and 100 ISO
27th December 2021
Image of the Week (W/C 13th December 2021)
In portrait aspect, an image of the old Lighthouse at Trecco Bay Porthcawl, in the background the newer Lighthouse famous for all those Storm wave Photos (see Image of the Month Jan 2021) I like the contrast of old and new with a wet sand reflection in the foreground of the main subject.
Taken with a Panasonic Lumix TZ70 set at 48mm, F5.6, 1/320thSec and 250 ISO , I'm using this camera on the P setting you can read why at Taking the "P"
20th December 2021
Image of the Week (W/C 6th December 2021)
A gray day full of rain laden clouds was the back drop to a visit to Mumbles , Swansea. Image taken from a vantage point overlooking Bracelet Bay (See Map for info). Delightful view of the Mumbles and the expance of Swansea Bay
Taken with a Nikon D3200 fitted with a Tamron 10-24mm Lens settings 10mm, F7.1 , 1/160thSec and 100ISO
13th December 2021
Bracelet Bay Mumbles
Image of the Week (W/C 29th November 2021)
A lone Geranium still life proved to be the most popular image last week . Taken in a studio setting set against a black background . Nothing elaborate used , D3200 Nikon used with Kit lens, on camera flash utilised fitted with a simple diffuser.
Simple is sometimes the best
Settings 55mm,F10,1/200thSec and 100ISO
6th December 2021
Image of the Week (W/C 22nd November 2021)
Reflection from the Summer , Image taken at Cwmbran Boating lake, located just outside the Town, this Country Park transports you to the countryside within an urban setting .
Love the composition layering, the foreground anchored with the plant life , mid ground the lake reflection and far bank and finally the background topped off with clouds and blue skys. Location well worth a visit (See Map right for info)
Image taken with a Nikon D3200 fitted with a Tamron 10-24mm Lens settings 12 mm,F9,1/125thSec and 200 ISO
29th November 2021
Cwmbran Boating Lake
Image of the Week (W/C 15th November 2021)
A signature Black and White Image including a rain filled dramatic sky , glad to see one of my favorite scene types recieved so much popular responce .
I get great pleasure seeing a scene in the viewfinders that exceeds expectation after processing . This early winter scene from Trecco Bay Porthcawl lends itself to Black and White, the wet sand playing with the low light and the rain filled clouds adds mood and drama . I Love It !
Taken with a Nikon D3200, Tamron 10-24mm Lens, settings 24mm, F9 1/250thSec and 200ISO
22nd November 2021
Wet Sand and Dark Clouds
Image of the Week (W/C 8th November 2021)
Its fitting in a week where we remember those who have fallen in world conflict that the top image is a Black and White of the Merchant Seaman's memorial on Cardiff Bay . This sculpture commemorates the 1,700 men from Cardiff, Barry and Penarth who died while serving with the Merchant Navy in the First and Second World Wars.
Its a stunning piece of art combining a face and ships hull . This memorial never fails to attract my attention, an amazing symbol of remembrance .
Taken with a Nikon D2X with Tokina 11-16 Lens fitted settings at 11mm, F9 ,1/320thSec, and 100ISO
15th November 2021
Lest We Forget
Trecco Bay Lighthouse
Images of the Week ( 1st November 2021)
A visit to Trecco Bay Porthcawl, afforded an opportunity to capture the old lighthouse on the headland. Cannot seperate either image attracting equal attention on social media, The black and white delivering strong contrast with the walkers adding interest. The colour photograph, cropped to emphsis the structure and illustrate its age (Used as current home page cover) . Both shot against low winter Sun, with dark clouds adding mood and atmosphere in the background.
Taken with the Nikon D3200 with Tamron 24-10 Lens
Black and white setting 1/250thSec, F9, 21mm and 200 ISO
Colour setting 1/320thSec, F9, 24mm and 200 ISO
8th November 2021
Treeco Bay Lighthouse
Image of the Week (W/C25th October 2021)
The iconic lone tree image makes the top spot last week , popular subject, representing "loneliness". This example spotted on a visit to Cwmcarn Forest drive, sitting at the top of the park it stands out against the empty hill top, a must have capture
Taken with a Nikon D3200, Kit lens fitted set at 38mm , F5.6, 1/800th Sec and 200 ISO
1st November 2021
Image of the Week (W/C 17th October 2021)
The image is a product of a Summertime walk, one of my go to location the farm fields in Lower Machen , sister image already featured on the 4th October, (See below).
Just a lovely walk with views across the valley. with the path sitting alongside a river bank that affords a supporting leading line. An image full of colour just love the experience
Taken with a Nikon D3200, fitted with kitlens set at 21mm,F7.3 1/200thSec and 100 ISO. Polarising Filter attached to reduce glare and add colour saturation
25th October 2021
Fields Edge (Lower Machen)
Image of the Week (W/C 11th October 2021)
Fitting last weeks top image has an Autumn feel, these ferns spotted on a recent visit to Dare Valley Aberdare, well worth a visit (See Map right) .
A departure from my normal equipment, this photo taken with my Panasonic Lumix TZ70 . I've changed direction from my normal mode for this camera, but thats for later this week watch out in "Blog Having a say"
Settings 4.3mm, F5,1/250thSec and 640 ISO.
18th October 2021
Image of the Week (W/C 4th October 2021)
I just love it when a 35mm image makes it to the top slot and black and white, double joy . Last weeks photo taken at Cold Knap Barry Island appeals on so many fronts . You can see that the walkers shadows are very shallow, being close to midday , but the left building in shadow delivers a strong appealing contrast right to left . The shadow contrast complements the leading lines of the path to the walkers.
Taken with a Nikon F4s with Nikkor 35mm- 70 Lens
11th October 2021
Out For a Walk
Image of the Week (W/C 27th September 2021)
A much visited location of Farm fields in Lower Machen. A golden blanket of Barley presents itself as you look towards the village in the far distance
Classic summer view with blue sky and clouds adding contrast to the gold and green of the countryside this image is available for sale at Picfair CLICK HERE
Taken with a Nikon d3200 , with kit lens set at 27mm, F6.3,200th/Sec and ISO 100
4th October 2021
Barley Field Lower Machen
Sunset June 2021
Image of the Week ( W/C 20th September 2021)
This image taken in June this year, I was sitting watching TV and the light outside the livingroom window was screaming for me to take a look, I grabbed my D2X that was fitted with a 28-70 Tokina lens, walked to a field at the end of the road and was greeted with the last gasps of Summer Sun.
Its fair to say the result is heavily influenced in post processing, pulling hard on the HDR adjustment , focusing on colour and tones with a soft effect . I do like this image so much so a posted in EYE CANDY.
When taking the image I set the focal lenth at 70mm to pull the long foreground grass in tighter and despite not being an ideal for landscape this tight view did work
Setting 70mm, F4.5, 1/30thSec, 100 ISO
Image of the Week ( W/C 13th September 2021)
Last week abstract this week a Summer Landscape of Roath Park Lake . I do enjoy taking reflection images. I find it assists in filling the image with content . With a vivid blue sky mottled with clouds some dark threating rain contrast against the trees of the park
Taken with a Nikon d3200 sporting a Tamron 18-250 Lens. Fitted to give me a wide angle and zoom option . Set at 18mm , F11 , 1/250thSec and 100 ISO
20th September 2021
Roath Park Lake
Image of the Week (W/C 6th September 2021)
There are times I'm lost for words why some images I spend a nanosecond to create attract more attention then one I've spent time to compose and produce. This weeks top image does leave me pondering and reinforces that sometimes simple is best .
Created an a Sunday morning sitting in the sun, snapping with my D2X , a bit of "eye training " (See Blog page down to 20th August 2019) . captured this one, the steamer chair arm and very attractive blue and white striped cushon . Does it float your boat ? Leave a comment
Taken with Nikon D2X and Tokina 100mm Lens settings F7.1, 1/200thSec and 100ISO
13th September 2021
Image of the Week (W/C 30th August 2021)
The wide expance of Llandegfedd Reservoir, takes top slot last week. Located just outside Pontypool (See Map far right), the location has ample parking with amazing views across the reservoir
Taken with Nikon D2x and Tokina 11-16mm set at 11mm, F9, 1/200thSec and 100ISO
6th September 2021
Image of the Week (W/C 23rd August 2021)
After a couple of weeks of nature images and a street abstract, back to a standard Landscape Photo . Taken at Cold Knap Barry Island, the grassed park area full of daisies . This image is full of composition guides Rule of thirds, leading lines, a pleasing calm image of early Spring day full of content
Taken with Nikon D3200, with Tamron 10-20 Lens Set at 20mm.F9, 1/160thSec and 200 ISO
30th August 2021
Image of the Week (W/C 16th August 2021)
A chance image picked up during a visit to Llandegfedd Reservior . The irony of street art in the middle of the countryside I found amazing , and snapped it with my Lumix compact.
I felt the original full colour version failed to have the impact the scene had when I took the photograph , decided to selectively colour the "Tagged" artwork , worked for me and recieved lots of positive responce in social media .
Taken with a Panasonic Lumix TZ70 set at 4.3mm, F3.3, 1/200th/Sec and 100 ISO
23rd August 2021
Image of the Week ( W/C 9th August 2021)
For a second week in a row a macro takes the Image of the Week . This one a study in decay, a single Hydrangea leaf. It stood out amougst new growth and attracted my attention , its form, pattern, and contrast in the brown and green appealed to me .
As with last week taken with a Nikon D3200 sporting a 70-300 Sigma lens set to macro settings 200mm,F9,200thSec and 200 ISO, flash assisted
16th August 2021
Image of the Week (W/C 2nd August 2021)
A macro image of the Pieris Forest Flame flower , top image for last week. One of my favorite shrubs that produces bright red leaves at the beginning of the Spring and its flowers a small delicate chinese lamp like . (See new growth featured in Flowers and Plants )
Taken with a Nikon D3200 and Sigma 70-300mm Lens , seetings 300mm (Macro Setting) F14, 200th/Sec and 200 ISO, Flash assisted
9th August 2021
Pieris Fores Flame Flower
Image of the Week (W/C 26th July 2021)
Last weeks top images really appeals to me on a number of levels, the strong leading line to the walkers, the constrast of the colours with the pink coat shouting out from the greens and browns.
Not the first time on the site I converted it to a painting and presented the photo as an abstract.
Taken at Taf Bargoed park, Trelewis in the early Spring as the Covid travel restrictions was lifting, I used a 100% manual lens a Tokina SZ-X 28-105 mm, (See Blog 24th August bottom of the page) . Sometimes I need to stray from my go to lens to remind myself how good aged lens are.
Taken with Nikon D2X settings 70mm, F5.6, 1/200thSec and 100 ISO
2nd August 2021
Image of the Week (W/C 19th July 2021)
For the 3rd week on the bounce an Image from my trip to Rhigos Mountain takes top slot. Lots in this photo to check out, from the wind turbine standing like a sentinel , to the drama in the sky with clouds and Sun competeing for attention. Those clouds had just delivered a snow flurry heading towards the Rhondda to deposit more
Taken with a Nikon D3200 partnered with a Tamron 24-10mm Lens settings 15mm,F9, 1/200thSec and 200ISO
26th July 2021
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Image of the Week (W/C 12th July 2021)
Another black and white landscape from a set taken on Rhigos mountain. I'm drawn to rural utilty's in landcapes, it delivers a stark contrast against the countryside theme.
The main subject also "Photo Bombs" in the backgroud in last weeks posted image below , demonstrates how I utilise the scene as I photo walk .
Taken with D3200 Nikon with Tamron 24-10mm Lens, setting 24mm,F9,1/250Sec and 200 ISO .
19th July 2021
Image of the Week ( W/C 5th July 2021)
The measure that delivers Image of the week is pulse rate on agency site 500PX , a reaction indicator of approval from my peers . Not been the best responces over the past 4 weeks so to give things a lift , a good old solid Black and White is a real boast. This Photo featured in Dramatic Sky, taken on a visit to Rhigos this lone tree off a hikng path just shouted snap me
Taken with the Nikon D3200 and Tamron 24-10 lens combination set at 10mm,F9,1/250 and 200 ISO, like and don't like what you see leave a comment
12th July 2021
Image of the Week (w/C 28th June 2021)
Close up macro of a Marigold, tops image for last week. Delivered using a Sigma 70-300 lens set to macro. Not a planned image I was trying to capture Blue Tits flying in and out of a bird house, failed completely, to quick for me,so I decided to take photo's of something standing more still.
The single flowers delivering up amazing colour, attacted a lot of interest and coming from a little used combination of Nikon D3200 and Sigma , note to self to use more
Settings 300mm (Macro),F10, 1/200Sec and 200 ISO, (Flash used)
5th July 2021
Image of the Week ( W/C 21st June 2021)
Image of the Week comes from a post lockdown trip to Parc Bryn Bach, with 3 plants in the foreground adding interest against the expanse of the lake, and Spring sky
This location well worth a trip, just off the Heads of Valley Road with 36 acres to explore with the lake as centre feature (Post Code NP22 3AY.)
Image taken with the Nikon D2X and Tokina 11-16mm combination set at 11mm,F9,1/320Sec and 100 ISO
28th June 2021
Parc Bryn Bach
Image of the Week (W/C 14th June 2021)
Landscape popularity taken very much a back seat last week, top three images for the week were all flower and plant close ups. This photo of brown leaves should have been a product of the Autumn, in fact taken in May, not sure why this happens most of the bush deliver up green leaves, and yet there are a number of branch's brown and dying.
Did some research and the reason span, not enough water, too much water, dramatic changes in temperature all environmental stress factors, end result does offer amazing brown tone.
Taken with the Nikon D3200 fitted with the Tamron 18-250, set for macro, settings 200mm, F8,1/200thSec and 100 ISO. Flash assisted
21st June 2021
Image of the Week ( W/C 7th June 2021)
Black and white image always attract a lot of attention, for this image a soft zoom effect has been added in processing creating an abstract view and emphasising the main subject , the footbridge.
Bridge is situated in Pontcanna fields Cardiff, and cross's the River Taff. see map for directions , well worth a visit.
Taken with a Nikon D2X and Tokina 11-16mm lens set at 14mm, F7.1, 1/125thSec and 100 ISO
14th June 2021
Image of the Week (W/C 31st May 2021)
After a fair wait the image of a week for last week is a Landscape . Taken on the first weekend out of lockdown during a walk to Pontcanna Fields and Blackweir Bridge in Cardiff .
Taken on the footbridge over the River Taff, Photo captures the reflective quality of the river during a Spring morning. Taken with a Nikon D2X , with Tokina 11-16mm Lens set at 16mm,F7.1 1/200thSec and 100 ISO