Category Archives: Photography

Spider Prey

Perhaps not for those of a sensitive disposition, here’s a pair of photos showing a quite striking female Four-spotted Orb Weaver (Araneus quadratus).

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Four-spotted Orb Weaver spider wrapping her prey.

In both pictures our female spider is busy wrapping her fly dinner in a silken cocoon.

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Four-spotted Orb Weaver

There’s quite a colony of these spiders living in the riverside meadows.

Summer Rains

After a dry start to August, the last 3 or 4 days of rain have tried to make up for lost time and the river is now running quite full. I do love watching the water dance a jig as it twists & bubbles its way beneath the trees.

Recent Rainfall:
Fri 1.19in – Sat 1.91in – Sun 1.96in – Mon 1.23in

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River flow

Gaming Photography

Game Photography – is an interesting & growing new art form.

Here’s an image that I made just for the fun of experimentation.

Captured from CDPR’s The Witcher 3 using Nvidia’s new ‘Ansel’ interface. The resulting 360deg image was then projected using a small world projection in GoPro’s VR Player 2.

Thus we end up with an image where Geralt stands atop his own game world. The possibilities are intriguing 😀

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Geralt on top of the world.

“Alien Dusk”

"Alien Dusk"
for +Julia Anna Gospodarou 's Sea Tuesday

Here's a photo from earlier this month; taken on the beach just south of Llwyngwril, as the sun set on a windy day where I'd been seeking out a cloud break by visiting the coast.

This is a 3 minute exposure using the 82mm Heliopan ND3 filter. The rising tide was being driven in by a strong south-westerly and this helped to add to the translucent satin mist that typifies these long exposures.

Once I'd dried off my feet and then reviewed the image, I immediately started thinking not of the Irish Sea but imagining the boulder strewn landscape of a world yet to be explored.

Hoping that you too, can become lost for a while in this Alien Dusk …

#SeaTuesday #Photography #Wales

Wonderful Welsh Weather

One of the many things that I love about Wales, is its variable weather. Yes it does rain frequently but it’s also so changeable; which means it’s rarely boring and sometimes quite dramatic.

Take the last few days for example …

A couple of days ago my photography took me to the coast and we decided to mix business with pleasure by making a family day of it.

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The weather was glorious, clear blue skies, strong hot sunshine and a comfortably warm sea as well. Conditions on Aberdaron beach were fabulous.

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Jane & Tamsin enjoyed a swim in the sea and a bit of rock pooling whilst I worked on some photography.

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The flowers at the base of the sandy cliffs were also enjoying the sun.

I was well aware that a frontal system was approaching from across the Irish Sea. Indeed part of my plan included a desire to catch some interesting clouds over the coastal landscape or failing that, a colourful sunset.

So after a bite to eat we left Aberdaron and drove across to Porth Oer. As expected the north western skies built up and produced a pleasing display.

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An added bonus for our journey home was a clear inland sky with a glorious full moon.

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So where’s the contrast in this weather? Well that front I mentioned; it has brought us several days of stormy weather with over 3 inches of rain falling in a 24 hour period. This is what Tal-y-llyn looked like at the end of those 24 hours:

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With boats a bobbing, water bursting out of its banks and clouds ready to release another deluge.

And now, thankfully, we’re expecting a few finer days again.

 

You can see more Welsh Landscapes in my galleries over on Nature’s Universe.