Happy New Year!
2012 has been a great year for me and it will have to be an amazing 2013 to beat it! Here are 12 photos, 1 from each month.
I spent several hours on Mynydd Illtud sat in the car passing time by learning French whilst frost formed on the grass. Every few minutes, I had to get out of the car in the pitch black and take another photo for the “stack”. Farmers kept driving past and must have wondered what on Earth I was doing!
There were several notable events this month – I ran my first trial Landscape Photography Workshop with great success and I bought a second hand lens that has changed my photography – a 24mm tilt/shift lens. It was with that lens I took this photo whilst on a sunrise trip to Pen y Fan with my friend Neil. I entered it into Take a View’s Landscape Photographer of the Year 2012 and was absolutely delighted to be awarded a commendation and a place in the book!
This was probably the worst month of the year for me as I had a chest infection and ended up on antibiotics for the first time in about 23 years! Whilst recovering, I went out for sunrise to Caswell Bay – the walk up the steps gave me a bad coughing fit, but I did manage to take one of my best photos of Caswell to date.
My wife, 2 children and my parents went on holiday to the Lake District where we stayed in an amazing cottage just outside of the National Park. On a trip to Blea Tarn, I used my 10 stop ND filter to take this photo.
A 3:30am alarm call saw me get to Penmaen Burrows for sunrise before 5am! The conditions were perfect and I was lucky enough to capture this scene, proving that early starts can be worth it!
For a long time I had been meaning to walk up Cwm Sere and in June I finally did – a welcome break after the exhibition over the Jubilee weekend. It was secluded enough for me to try wild swimming in the river for the first time! It was very cold, but incredibly enjoyable!
A spot of research on Google Earth and a trip out for sunset with my friend Emma led us to this viewpoint of Oxwich Bay. This is another beach that’s difficult to photograph, but now I have one I’m happy with!
August is always a very busy month with a 2 day exhibition on the first weekend, Brecon Market Hall on the third weekend and then a 5 day exhibition on over the back holiday weekend, so going out for photography takes a back seat. In fact, I didn’t take any photos with my proper camera this month at all!
I met up one early morning with a friend Mark at Caswell Bay and we walked to Brandy Cove for sunrise. I hadn’t been out for a long time and made a school-boy error of forgetting my filters so I combined three exposures to make this photo.
I had yet another disappointment with the Met Office detailed mountain forecast and sat in the mist below Corn Du for an hour before giving up and walking back down the path. Below the cloud base and for just a few minutes, the clouds parted briefly allowing me to shoot this panorama. I also launched my new website Beautiful Gower.
A Landscape Photography Workshop at Rhossili yielded the best sky I’ve ever seen at sunset! I’ve been incredibly lucky all year with weather for my workshops – on this particular one we had a downpour for 15 minutes, but that was worth it for this sky!
Another very busy month for me with Brecon Market Hall on the first weekend, an exhibition in Mumbles on the second weekend and then Brecon Market Hall on the third weekend. Coupled with immense amounts of rain, this month has been difficult for photography. But thanks to a friend Matt who tried it first, I had my old Canon 5D converted to Infrared and am now able to experiment with creating photos like this. The day was incredibly dull and colour photography was largely pointless, but the Infrared has cut out the haze and turned the grass white allowing the engine house to stand out. There will be lots more Infrared to come in 2013!
I hope you enjoyed these 12 photos. I have a lot planned for 2013, including a new look website that I’m currently working on, and will be sharing it all here so keep watching!