Anglesey

Menai Straits Panoramic

I've tweeted lots about the wonderful sights on the island of Anglesey, however I wasn't expecting that one of the most stunning scenes on the island was literally on a lay by. A friend of mine (Ian Bramham) had once described to me how he had taken a fellow photographer on a road trip around Wales and taken a shot of the Menai Straits from literally the side of the road. That shot is proudly sitting on the wall of my living room.

It was purely by chance that following a great weekend on the island that I stumbled across this location.

I have placed a screenshot of my iPhone map alongside this post so that anyone that intends to take a similar shot knows exactly where to go. You will see from the shots that it probably one of the easiest photo locations you would ever go to.

It is understandably a very popular location so please don't expect to have the place to yourself!!

From the side of the road you look over towards Bangor, and the Menai Bridge with the dramatic backdrop of the Snowdonia mountain range. Choosing what to take a photo of is probably the hardest thing you will have to do.

I took two photographs. One that focuses in on the Bridge and the foreground.

And then purely because it was so hard to choose what to lose within the image I also took a set of left to right shots with the intention of joining these into a panoramic image in Lightroom.

The resulting image isn't quite the aspect ratio that I would have liked but I simply can not choose what to lose from the image. Every section that you zoom into uncovers another surprise.

I hope that you enjoy scouting around this and finding the hidden little details that I have enjoyed finding.


A Creative Weekend - Part Two (Ynys Llanddwyn)

Continuing my surge of blog posts here is the second part of my 'Creative Weekend'

A place that I have wanted to visit for some time is Ynys Llanddwyn, on Anglesey. I have seen many photographs of the place and felt it was my duty as a Welsh Man to visit and experience it for myself.

Jutting out from the South West of Anglesey, Ynys Llanddwyn is accessible from Newborough beach. Through a dense forest which resembles Centre Parcs as you drive in.

A link to Google Maps can be found here

As you reach the parking location alongside the main stretch of beach it is a fair old walk to the very tip which rewards you with some spectacular views. To the South you have a views back towards Caernarfon and Snowdonia. To the South West the Llyn Peninsula stretches out into the distance, and to the west the Irish sea. 

Here are some of the photographs that I got on the day, I hope you like them. Like with many places that you visit, it needs more visits before I come away with the one perfect photograph. For now though, it is another location visited and another item off my photography 'To Do List' ticked off.

Taken looking out South West towards the Llyn Peninsula. Taken using a long exposure with the Lee big stopper to get the misty water effect.

Taken looking out South West towards the Llyn Peninsula. Taken using a long exposure with the Lee big stopper to get the misty water effect.