Black & White Seaside

Yesterday we had a bit of a roadtrip, visiting a few places in north Wales. One place where we stopped and took photos was Tywyn, where we had a wander up and down the seafront. It didn’t feel very summery as it was very windy and chilly. I was wrapped up in jumper and coat thankfully. It really does feel like summer is over now and autumn has begun. Anyway, on to the photos!

As it was a cloudy, moody sort of day, I thought it fitted black & white better than colour so all my shots have been edited using Silver Efex Pro. I’ve realised, after taking these shots, that I like to get people in the frame. I hope they don’t mind if they ever see these photos. I would have avoided people in the past, but I think it gives the shot more interest so it’s not just waves and sky.

Here are some of my favourite shots – click on them to view the bigger version if you like (I do recommend this as they look better full size!) …

A wide shot looking up the prom:
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Children playing (they’re a lot more daring than me!):
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Big rocky embankment, presumably part of the sea defences:
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View up the beach, with family walking:
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View back down the beach, where the sky was brighter:
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Crazy girls going out on body boards (rather them than me!):
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A closer view of one of the groynes, with gulls down the end on the sand:
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And finally a bit of a silly one – this boat on the seafront filled with flowers reminded me of an old fashioned picture postcard – so I made it into one:

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Blue Sky

edit--2No rain today! It was very cold though. I spent quite a long time outdoors as my daughter was at a Show Jumping competition, and then later we went for a walk. My fingers and toes were getting so cold! But it was lovely to see some blue sky for a change 🙂 This image is made of 3 photos taken at different exposures and brought together using HDR Efex. I tried to keep it subtle to show how it really looked to my eyes.

Autumn colour HDR

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A quick set of photos taken from just outside the front door, put together in HDR Efex to allow the sky and leaves to both show up clearly. It’s a little bit odd because of a lot of ghosting as the leaves were blowing but I think it captures the scene quite well.

Cloud & Wind Time-Lapse

I’m not at work today so I decided to do some more experimenting with time-lapse. This time it was daylight which is helpful, and I had some cloud moving across the sky which makes it a whole lot more interesting. I actually did this through the living room window, which means there are a few marks here and there… I decided that as I’m just learning about this technique, I don’t mind a few marks. I’m hoping that now I’m getting the hang of it, I’ll be able to make a nicer one when weather and time allow, and I’ll do it properly outside when that day comes!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea

My favourite photos of the sea tend to be calm soothing photos like this one. I know waves can look dramatic and exciting, but I prefer calm and soothing … drifting away into the horizon.

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Of course, being me I also have a tendency to get distracted by smaller things at the seaside, like these chains on the jetty …

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And even better … between the pebbles, my favourite sea pinks!

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Inspired by the Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea

Aberystwyth Castle

edit--3Today we had a little wander round Aberystwyth while we had some time to spare. We walked round the castle and along the seafront a little before it was time to go again. I liked the look of the castle ruins against the beautiful sky, and I’ve used HDR Efex Pro to pull together 3 bracketed shots to get the sky and castle looking at their best. I guess it’s not precisely realistic, but it’s close to what I saw while standing there, and I’m happy with it.

The sky really was lovely today. I took several shots of mainly sky as I liked it so much! This one has a little bit of sea, but it’s the sky that was drawing my eye 🙂

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Dramatic Dunes

About a week & a half ago, Bruce and I went to Ynyslas sand dunes which are just up the coast from where we live in mid-Wales. As you’d expect, we had the cameras out and I took a fair few photos, but when I looked at them back at home, I was a bit disappointed because they seemed a bit dull – the colour of the marram grass was not that far off the colour of the sand, and the sky was a little pale and uninteresting. But then I had a play with Silver Efex Pro and suddenly my photos got a lot more dramatic! 🙂 These are some before and after shots so you can see what I mean – I think sand dunes really work well in black & white!

HDR Attempts

Bruce inspired me to have a go at bracketed shots and HDR and it really is quite fun. You can end up with a totally unreal shot that looks like a painting or you can tone it down to just accentuate reality and get more detail than you would normally get. Really cool stuff either way. These are my first attempts – some work better than others I think, but I am especially fond of the first shot in this gallery.

Peaceful Beach Views

We went for a little trip to Aberaeron yesterday – a town down the coast road from Aberystwyth – and enjoyed a sunny (but windswept) walk by the sea around the harbour. I took lots of photos, but these ones are my favourite calm, peaceful photos of the sea, the beach and gulls flying. It wasn’t entirely peaceful with the wind in our faces, but it was lovely, even so. Hope you enjoy these photos 🙂

Cors Caron in Spring (sort of)

A couple of days ago we went for another visit to Cors Caron. I’ve shown you photos of it in winter and in summer, and now we have spring … well, we would if it really was properly spring! At least these photos are sunny, and the ponds were only a little bit icy this time. It was a lovely walk anyway despite the cold wind – the sun was just warm enough to make it ok.

Aberystwyth Weather

Last weekend we went for a walk by the sea in Aberystwyth but it was cold and cloudy and blowing a gale so we didn’t stay long – I got a few photos though:

On Thursday this week the weather was better and we returned to the same beach – what a difference a bit of sunshine makes! 🙂

Cloudy Sea

We had a walk on the seafront today and I was experimenting with a lens I don’t often use – an 18-55mm lens. As you’ve probably gathered, I am a macro freak so going out and about without my macro lens attached to my camera feels a bit weird. It was quite cloudy, though fairly bright, and most of my shots look like they’re black and white with just a hint of colour. I joined in with Bruce having a go a shots of birds, but for today here’s the sea shots. I quite like the softness of these shots – it looks kind of dreamy.