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Framed Prints

Canvases of my photos have been available for sale for a while at a local beach restaurant. But they’re redecorating at the moment. So I thought it might be time to change things up a bit. I’ve asked them to put up some framed prints instead.

The prints have been ordered, the frames purchased. Now it’s a wait for them to come together and take them in. Which will mean a trip to the beach. Probably lunch. Definitely with the camera now the weather is clearing a bit.

The prints, including the frames will be on sale for £15 each. The canvases were up for £30 each.

Prints are 8 x 10 inches, and each is mounted in a basic frame. I’ve chosen wood grain frames. Some are deeper, some have a narrow frame, some wider. I wanted to mix it up so they’re not all the same. If the restaurant owners want to they can mix the canvases with the framed prints, or spread them about.

Frame prints

If you want any of the framed prints, or canvases, and you can’t get down to Aberavon, let me know.

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Storm Callum

Today South Wales is being lashed by Storm Callum. The sensible thing to do would have been to stay at home.

All across the local area rivers have burst their banks and some people have had to leave their homes. Roads have been closed, trains cancelled, and bridges overwhelmed. Police and all other advice is to stay at home. Don’t travel.

So, we decided to head for the beach.

This is the UK, it’s not a hurricane. Storm Callum is nasty, with strong winds, and massive amounts of rain. Driving along the main road I’ve never seen so much water in places where there isn’t usually water.

But the main roads are fine. Side roads, and roads over or close to swollen rivers might be flooded, but the main roads are fine. And the worst is over, according to the forecast.

We made it to the beach with no problem, and the waves were powerful. But, because of the weather, I didn’t take the camera with me. Sorry. Actually that’s the one thing Aberavon is rubbish for. As a result of the long flat stretch of golden sand, the waves have nothing to show the scale against. There’s no context.

So, although it was dramatic, and the sea was rough, the waves powerful, the photography was not great.

But we made it, had a lovely lunch, and then made it home safely too.

storm callum


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Beach sunset, and a celebrity

As it was Wednesday yesterday, I took my usual stroll along the beach as the sun set over Swansea. I love the magic of a beach sunset.

Wandering along the sand, camera clutched and ready, I almost bumped into someone walking the opposite way. Of course I wasn’t looking where I was going. The tide was coming in, the sun was setting, and I was looking for things to photograph, not people. An apology was offered, smiles exchanged, and I carried on, wondering where I’d seen that familiar face before.

beach sunset celebrity

Yes, that’s Michael Sheen, star of Twilight, Passengers, and Good Omens – among others. I know the focus isn’t great, but I’m not a papparazzi. No I didn’t interrupt his walk, I just carried on and took some lovely sunset photos.

The deep, burning, orange as the sun sank was stunning and coloured the whole beach. Fleeting moments in nature are always the most difficult. You can’t predict what might happen, you can’t easily set up the perfect shot. But, I think I captured it reasonably well this time.

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Sunset at the beach

On Wednesday evenings I get about an hour to waste at the beach. Youngest offspring is at Police Youth Volunteers, and after I’ve dropped her off, I get to go and chill out at Aberavon Beach. At this time if year, I get to watch the sun go down. Mostly it’s blinding when you look the wrong way, but sunset at the beach is usually stunning.

sunset at the beach

As I wander along the tide line, the sun sets behind me, over Swansea and Mumbles. The steel works at Port Talbot are ahead, and the waves wash in. Gulls are still wheeling above, but starting to settle for the night. Some flying off to roost, others resting on the sand.

At the moment I am relying on the auto modes on my Nikon D3300, and usually find I get decent results using those. Sports mode for the gulls, and waves; and landscape for the longer shots. But, with the light levels changing as the sun sets, there are times the camera struggles. I think I need to learn more about the other settings and how to make it work for me.

This week I got some decent shots, and these few are my personal favourites. There were some other images where the shapes and textures were fabulous but the main subject was not quite focused. I find I am very picky over focus, and will reject any image that isn’t crisp enough.

There is something very special about watching a sunset at the beach, and I’ll keep working at capturing it.

Other beach galleries can be found in the galleries section.

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Gull fascination.

There’s something about birds, their eyes, the texture of the feathers, the freedom to soar on the wind, or dart about the garden (just out of reach of my mostly incompetent cats). Having handled hens regularly – I have 4 in the garden – and had the chance to feel the lack of weight of a bird of prey on my fist, birds fascinate me. When I first got my DSLR camera, one of my first adventures was taking pictures of birds, preferably in flight where they are, usually, their most majestic. Often they are moving so fast that all I capture is a blur, but now and then something special happens.

But at the beach, the gulls soar, and hang in the wind, posing, waiting for their picture to be taken (or for a chip to drop!) Their flight is so economical they use the slightest breeze and seem to hover.

Herring gull, wings spread

Yes, most images here are watermarked, sorry, but I have to protect my work.

I am particularly pleased with the Herring gull there. It’s just hanging in the sky, so sharp, so clear, you can imagine how soft those feathers are. You can see the focus in it’s eye as it scours the beach and path for stray chips, and you know that beak will cause so much pain if it caught you.

The gulls around my local coast are an ongoing fascination. I could spend hours watching them, camera in hand, missing perfect moments….  Then sometimes I’m fast enough, and it all falls into place.

I added some images to the Gulls gallery. All images in this gallery, so far, have been taken around the South Wales coast, close to Swansea.

As always, any comments are welcome.

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