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Landscape Photographer of the Year 2015

Me with the 100x40cm photo printed out

Every year I enter Take a View’s Landscape Photographer of the Year competition. This year, I was lucky enough to have one image short-listed – that meant I had to send off the full-resolution file along with RAW files for inspection to make sure it adhered to the competition rules. A couple of days ago I had an email to tell me my short-listed photo had been commended by the judges and had won a ……

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Broad Pool, the Moon and the Milky Way

Broad Pool, the Moon and the Milky Way

Earlier this week, my new Canon 6D arrived – I decided to swap from the 5DMkII to the 6D for its superior noise at ISO6400 as I am doing more and more astrophotography. The forecast was for clear skies last night so I headed out to Broad Pool on Gower. I knew the moon would be out, but that was fine as you can still shoot astrophotos with the moon in the sky. I spent ……

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Moonrise in the Brecon Beacons

Moonrise with Fan y Big and Brecon

I have seen countless sunrises (and sunsets) but I have never witnessed a ‘moonrise’. I knew the moon would be coming out so was expecting it, but what I wasn’t expecting is how it felt. The moon is typically white in the sky so that was I was expecting. I was shooting photos of Pen y Fan when I glanced across and say a bright ball just peak above the horizon. It’s difficult to explain, ……

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Cefn Cyff and Brecon from Fan y Big

Cefn Cyff and Brecon from Fan y Big

Following on from the previous blog post, here is another photo. By now, the moon had risen and was high in the sky. It is amazing how much light the moon produces! It was bright enough for me to cast a shadow! After I had finished at my first location, I walked back to Fan y Big. The wind was pretty strong at the summit so I decided not to post on the ‘diving board’ ……

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The Plough

The Plough in the Brecon Beacons

When I was at Craig Cerrig-gleisiad a few weeks ago for an astrophotography evening, I took a photo of the Plough using my 50mm f1.8 lens. I finally got around to processing it, but only thanks to a Photoshop plug-in I was trying out.

The Plough in the Brecon Beacons

The plug-in, StarSpikes Pro 2, finds the brightest stars and brightens them further adding a ‘spike’ to them. Without it, this particular photo didn’t work so ……

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The Milky Way at Tears Point on Gower

The Milky Way from Tears Point

Last week I ran a One to One Workshop on Gower at Penmaen Burrows and Three Cliffs Bay. We finished after sunset and just 20 minutes later, Venus was very visible in the bright sky so I knew it was going to be a good night for astrophotography! After the client left to go home, I drove to Rhossili and walked along the cliffs towards Tears Point. The Milky Way is particularly good in the ……

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Capturing the Zenith in the Brecon Beacons

During my recent outing in the Brecon Beacons at night, I had three places to shoot from in mind on Craig Cerrig-gleisiad. The final one was at the lake or pond on the saddle of Craig Cerrig-gleisiad. It was 1:30am when I reached it but clouds were quickly coming in. I set up the camera and ran a couple of test shots to check composition and exposure. Once they were correct, with the camera in ……

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