A Day Off to Breathe

After a couple of busy working weeks (and weekends), Jules and I took a day out in one of our favourite places in Gower last week. After a nice lunch in The Britannia Inn we headed along to Whiteford Point. Our aim was to get to the lighthouse at sunset – and back to ‘The Brit’ by dark, whilst taking some photos along the way. The only people we passed all afternoon were a few cockle pickers out at the low tide mark in the far distance then we stumbled on a flock of salt marsh sheep grazing in the sandunes. The wildlife on the other hand was putting on a spectacular show. The old lighthouse is looking pretty battered these days, but made a giant birdcage for the local cormorants, flocks of shorebirds arriving for the winter rushed past. Just as it turned to darkness we surprisingly found a flock of Brent Geese from Canada on the shoreline, these should normally be much further north – in Northern Ireland – for the winter, they were possibly blown off course by the strong gales of the last couple of weekends…         Photographed with a Fujifilm x100s and a couple of Fujifilm X-E2 cameras with Fujinon 35mm f1.4 and 55-200 f3.5-4.5 lenses, shot in RAW with film filters from VSCO applied in Adobe Lightroom...

Full moon setting over Rest Bay

A beautiful morning last week with the full moon setting over Rest Bay was just the stimulus for an early start to the day. The air was clear enough to see all the way across to Swansea and the Gower peninsula. The moon set quickly and needed some smart camerawork to get the best out of the moment. A long exposure and a steady tripod was the key to a wonderfully surreal image. Although as a local surfer for the last 43 years I can sympathise with other locals over the crowded waves since the popularity of Surfing has taken off over the last 20 years, I cannot condone the vandalism to Rest Bay caused by the ugly graffiti on the seawall. Just remember that when we take surf trips, we do not want to see the same thing on other beaches directed at us. On the way into the studio I even caught the sunrise at Porthcawl Harbour as a bonus! [nggallery...

The BIG trip!

When our son said what he would like as a Christmas present was for us to visit him we packed our bags and headed off to Australia, we only took Julie’s Lumix camera with us – it was a holiday after all! Sydney was the first stop though for New Year and the famous fireworks, a lovely breakfast in trendy Surrey Hill then a ferry ride to Watson’s Bay to meet up with old friends for lunch. A short plane ride to Melbourne then it was off on our road trip together. Rolling surf, bright Aussie sunshine and time to relax and enjoy the spectacular coastline of the Great Ocean Road. Next up was a ferry across to Sorrento and our trip to Phillip Island, more surfing at Woolamai, penguins at The Baggies, Greek food in Rhyll. Dreamtime! Finally back to the exciting city of Melbourne and St Kilda with so much to cram in to the remaining week. Now to save up for next year… [nggallery...

Crisp winter days

Its typical, I’m walking along the coast to work, past the harbour in Porthcawl, the cold wintery sky is making for a fantastic misty landscape over the sea and where is my camera when I need it? Happily I have my Apple iPhone with me, so this is just a couple of quick snaps with the great Hipstamatic app that gives me some really interesting effects. [nggallery...

Bridgend County Borough Council ‘Brighter Future’ project

Thanks for being commissioned to provide photographs for this project. I was able to discover many new aspects of places in Bridgend County and meet inspirational people I would not have known about or met. Bryngarw Park and the wonderful work of the wildlife wardens, the ever friendly people of Maesteg, the fantastic youth and community project in the Garw valley, a terrific welcome in Bridgend Market and the now much prettier Dunraven Place. Ogmore Castle and Merthyr Mawr were at their most spectacular. Porthcawl and Kenfig areas were of course well known to me, but I enjoyed the challenge of finding new images from such familiar places. Great images of people of Bridgend County at work and leisure are now in the Bridgend County archive. It was all really enjoyable, I’d forgotten how great it was to get out of the Studio and just go out with my camera for days on...

MPA Welsh Awards Entry posted by Julie (the other half – who is very proud of her hubby!)

As usual, with a business to run Martin, like many of his fellow photographers rushed a few entries in for the Master Photographers Association Welsh Competition. The advice and insight given by the Judges is always interesting and it’s great to have time to catch up with contemporaries and share ideas. Martin won a 1st in the PR and Press category with this picture taken on a very low tide of the Porthcawl Lifeboat. He was awarded runner-up awards in the following five categories: Classic Wedding, Welsh Baby, Under 5’s, Classic Portrait, Family Portrait and now he promises to try harder next...