Category Archives: Gower

Location, location, location :)

In the 2 or so years that I have been attempting to make nice photographs of even nicer places I have lost count of the amount of locations I have driven passed and thought to myself “I must come back here with my camera”.. Some of these places have been when on holiday, some on my daily commute to work while others I pass regularly when visiting friends and family. Some I know I will probably never visit again, others, I will kick myself every time I am in the area without my camera..

There have been a few occasions where a friend / family gathering has been happening in area where I know there is a subject close by that I wanted to photograph and despite how rude it may have seemed to my companions, I have made my excuses and disappeared to said place.. As, not only was it close by, but I would perform my disappearing act when conditions were also favorable for the makings of a nice image.

The first such occurence was during a charity music gig where by my Wife’s Aunt was performing on stage, as lead singer in a blues Band… Now I may have had a secondary motive for the evening out but I was not above appreciating her talents and didn’t perform my Houdini like disappearing act until well after she had finished on stage. I think my absence was barely noticed and I was able to spend an hour or so Photographing the moored boats on the estuary around Penclawdd on North Gower.

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I came away with several images that I was happy with and was able to tick one of many locations and many, many subjects off my list..

Dusk on Penclawdd

Most recently we were visiting some friends in Pontarddulais, where as am sure some of you will know, there is a beautifully engineered 11 Arch Bridge over the Afon Llwchwr and within a stones throw from the M4 Bridge.
This place we pass so often and usually catch it in the most beautiful times of day.. So much so, that all my lovely wife wanted off me for Christmas was a framed picture of it. A present that Santa failed to deliver, I might add! So I decided to capitalise on our venture to the area by spending a little of our time in the area out photographing the Bridge during sunset.

11 Arch Bridge, Pontarddulais

Luckily this time, the husband of our pair of friends agreed to come with me (and also gave me the idea of including the cracks in the mud in an image) so I didn’t appear quite as rude as it would otherwise have seemed and we spent an hour admiring and photographing it’s location..

Pontarddulais 11 Arch Bridge

And we still managed to make it back in time to rescue our respective wives from a broken, cold hot tub!!

Pontarddulais 11 Arch Bridge

Another “tick” and my Wifes 2015 christmas present sorted 🙂

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The Beautifully Quiet Three Cliffs Bay

I realised the a couple of days ago that the only place where you can read ( if you were so inclined ) about the story behind my photographic attempts, dawn wanderings and sunset chases, is on Facebook. Which I think is a bit of a shame as this is also the place that is most harmful to the quality of the photos.

So in an effort to combat this and to try and develop myself as a Landscape Photographer, I thought it was high time I started a blog! Now, to those that know me, know that I do not usually have much to say, so this attempt may be futile and short lived!

So here goes :-
In my mid 20’s I spent what seemed like all my spare time climbing on the faces of the stunning Three Cliffs Bay, but since then don’t seem to visit much at all, which is a shame given my previous fondness for this beautiful place!
But over the last few weeks I have seen some amazing photos of here, which has given me a bit of a kick up the ass to come and visit early in the morning. It was a low tide around sunrise this morning, which worked out perfectly as I wanted to capture a sunrise looking in from the sea.
The 4am alarm was a little more hurtful than usual, due to having a couple of pints of Guiness at my Grandfathers birthday meal last night. But after getting onto the beach and making the very first footsteps in the sand of that day, it was clearly worth it!
The sun didn’t make much of an appearance but there was plenty of colour around in the sky to keep me entertained!

Have a good day!
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