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 Dusting of The White Stuff (and a Kamikaze iPhone)

This was one awesome way to spend a Friday.

I had booked the day off due to the promise of a cold/snowy weather front, and it is fair to say that I wasn't disappointed. The weather was absolutely stunning. I have never experienced weather like it in North Wales, and it is very likely that I will be getting back up there as many times as possible throughout the cold period. The only down side was that as I parked up the great visibility and lovely dark blue skies turned to a muggy grey and clouds closed in. Not to be deterred however I parked up at the Pen-Y-Pass and walked up the Miners track towards Llyn Llydaw.

See Map below for route. The dropped pin indicating the Car Park at Pen-Y-Pass.


Once I had reached Llyn Lladaw I set about taking some photos. This was actually incredibly difficult with the constant flurry of snow and the high winds. All of this with gloved on means that I am especially happy with the resulting images. CLICK TO EXPAND

Take a look at the video below to get a sense of just how amazing it was to be up in the mountains on a day like this.


I had decided to try and make my blog posts a bit more 'media rich'. In an attempt to do this I had purchased a little tripod. This is how NOT to perch your iPhone however.

iPhone 6S+ Prior to launch

The resulting video came out something like this. 

And the end result. A cracked Zagg Invisible Shield screen. It could have been so much worse and I am so thankful that I had purchased one of these screens otherwise my iPhone 6S+ could have been a casualty within it's first week of service!!

Inspirational Links - Landscape Photographer of the Year 2015

So Christmas has been and gone, and now it is time to sit down and plan out your targets for 2016.

I received a great book as a gift for Christmas, for anyone in the photography circles they will have seen many references to it in the past. However this is the first time my hints have been noticed and I have been lucky enough to receive it as a gift.

The book is full of stunning photographs taken throughout the UK by experienced photographers and young up and coming stars of the future.

The winners can all be viewed on the official website

At the back of the book there is a long list of all of the contributors websites/flickr pages/500px pages etc.

It is this that I have found most inspirational. Taking a look at the images that have been produced by all of these great photographers really makes me want to get out more into the great british countryside. Aside from the images that were submitted to the competition there really are some dedicated individuals out there spending a lot of time (many during their spare moments) to produce stunning imagery.

To eliminate all of the heavy work involved in typing in all of the URLs I have placed them ALL here.

My personal favourites from the book currently (as they change day by day) are:

Ian Taylor - The Ref's An Angel

Chris Prescott - Danny MacAskill on the Inaccessible Pinnacle


Aidan Maccormick -

Alan Ranger -

Alun Davies - Landscape and Coastal images Delweddau Tir a Mor

Andrew Jones - Andrew Jones Photography

Andrew Midgley - Landscape and location photographer Andrew Midgley

Andy Farrer - Andy Farrer Landscape Photography & Workshops - Dorset & Jurassic Coast

Andy Tibbetts - home: [b][i]AndyDoune Photography [/i][/b]

Annabell Ison -

Bill Allsopp -

Bill Ward - Bill Ward Photography | Things That I Have Seen

Billy Curry - Landscape Photography - Holidays Courses Workshops: </br>One to Seven Days</br>Beginner to Advanced</br>Scotland - England - UK</br>Glencoe - Skye - Sutherland - Assynt</br>Torridon - NW Highlands - Northumberland</br>

Brian Clark - Brian Clark Photography: Welcome

Brian Roberts - Brian Roberts | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Caleb Yule - Caleb Yule | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Ceri Jones - Ceri Jones (CeriJones) Photos - 500px


Chris Prescott - Chris Prescott

Chris Shepherd - Shepherdpics - Photography by Chris Shepherd

Colin Bell - ColinBell.Photography | Landscape photography by Colin Bell

Colin Russell - Isle of Man Landscape Photography

Craig Richards- Stunning North East Wedding Photographer - Durham, Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland & North East Wedding photographers

Damian Shields - Damian Shields Scottish landscape photography

Dan Santillo - Photography by Dan Santillo

Daniel Casson - Daniel Casson

Dave Bowman - Dave Bowman - Fine Art and Portrait Photographer

David Sharp -

David Shawe - David Shawe Photography: Contrasting images of landscape and nature - a journey of discovery

David Tipling - David Tipling Photography

Duncan McKenzie - duncan mckenzie photography, people, location, portrait photography, mck,

Fortunato Gatto - Fortunato Gatto

Frank Leavesley - Frank Leavesley Dorset based Landscape Photography: Welcome to the site of Frank Leavesley displaying landscapes of Dorset,Cornwall,Devon,Hampshire,Somerset,Wiltshire,Scotland and Wales.

George Johnson -

George Stoyle - George Stoyle Yorkshire Coast Landscape Photography | George Stoyle

George Wheelhouse - George Wheelhouse Fine Art Nature Photography

Graeme Campbell - Graeme Campbell Photography

Greame Kelly - Cornwall and Dartmoor Landscape Photography by Guy Richardson

Greig Howitt -

Guy Richardson -

Iain Tall -

Ian Taylor - Home: Ian Taylor Photography

James Mills -

James Ross - James Ross Photography

Jason Baxter - Jason Baxter Media

Jeremy Barrett - landscapes

Joe Rainbow - Joe Rainbow Photography

John Gibbs - Jon Gibbs Landscape Photography

John Robinson - John Robinson Landscape Photographer |

John Soliven -

Jon Martin - Home: Jon Martin Photography

Joseph Wright - Joseph Wright

Julian Elliott -

Justin Minns - East Anglian Landscape Photography and tuition by Justin Minns

Karen Atkinson -

Keith Britton -

Lee Acaster - Galleries

Lizzie Shepherd - Landscape and nature photographer in Yorkshire, workshops, prints and commercial photography - Lizzie Shepherd Photography



Mairi Eyres - Zenfolio | Mairi Eyres Photography

Malcolm Blenkey - Malcolm Blenkey Photography: Welcome

Marcus McAdam - Marcus McAdam Photography | Isle of Skye | Scotland

Mark Bradshaw -

Mark Helliwell - Landscape photography workshops, commissions, courses, tuition, fine-art prints and digital images from an award-winning Cheshire photographer

Mark Littlejohn - Mark Littlejohn / Home

Mark McColl - Mark McColl DPAGB Photography: Landscape and Travel Photographer

Mark Voce - Mark Voce - Fine Art Landscape & Night Photography

Martin Erhard - Martin Erhard

Martin Steele - MS Photography

Matt Clark - mattpdx

Matt Oliver - Derbyshire landscape photography

Mike Curry - Mike Curry | Landscape | Urban | Commercial | Photography

Mirek Galagus -

Nadir Khan - Nadir Khan Photography & Media

Neil Barr - Scottish Landscape Photography Prints | NB Neil Barr Photography

Nicholas White - Nicholas JR White

Nick Hanson - Nick Hanson - Landscape & Wildlife Photography

Paul Bullen - Paul Bullen Landscape Photography

Paul Knight - Paul Knight landscapes + Fine Art photography

Paul Mitchell - Paul Mitchell Photography

Paul Newcombe - Paul Newcombe Photography | Landscape Photographs from the Peak District National Park

Paul Shears - Paul Shears Photography

Peter Hallam - Home

Peter Paterson - Peter Paterson FRPS MPAGB MFIAP: Photography My Way

Peter Stevens - Peter Stevens Photography: Welcome

Richard Childs - Richard Childs Photography

Richard Johns - Devon and Cornwall Landscape Photography by Richie Johns

Richard Thomas - Fine Art Landscape Photography by Richard Thomas

Robert Birkby - Robert Birkby Photography

Robert France - RF100 | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Robert Harvey - Robert Harvey Photography: Welcome

Robin Coombes - Robin & Taliesin Coombes | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Robin Goodlad -

Roger Voller - roger voller photography

Ross Farnham - Ross | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Ross Hoddinott - Ross Hoddinott Natural history & landscape photographer

Ruth Grindrod -

Sarah Canton - Sarah Canton Photography | All about the Light......

Simon Gakhar -

Stephen Cheatley - Stephen Cheatley Photography

Stu Meech -

Timo Lieber - Timo Lieber Photography

Tommy Martin - Tommy Martin Photography: A Photographer's homepage, blog and portfolio

Tony Winfield - Fine Art Photography by Tony Winfield: Welcome

Verity Milligan - Verity E. Milligan Photography

Perch Rock - October 2015

Yesterday I was feeling a little bit of cabin fever and desperately wanted to get out and take some photos. I headed out to New Brighton as I was limited on time and it always seems to throw up a couple of nice surprises.

It was WINDY to say the least... See the video below, this will give you some idea. I love how the sand gets picked up though and creates the amazing effect. This was something I wanted to try and capture in a photo.

Here are the results from this setup. Lucky I had a big heavy tripod and some good cold weather gear on.

This photo was taken with a Nikon D800, 24-70 2.8 - 0.8 Seconds,&nbsp;f18, ISO50&nbsp;

This photo was taken with a Nikon D800, 24-70 2.8 - 0.8 Seconds, f18, ISO50 

Once my camera and I had taken enough of the relentless wind I headed a bit closer to the lighthouse and tried to take an image of the lighthouse with the weather closing in and the sun dropping. Not sure if I prefer the colour version or the black and white one. What do you think?

Snowdon Summit (at long last)

For a long, long time I have been promising to hike up to the summit of Snowdon in North Wales. As a proud Welsh man I almost felt embarrassed that I had never been to the summit.

Well having booked a day off work and cleared my calendar I was lucky enough to get perfect weather. All of the signs were there. It was time to finally experience one of the best sights that Wales has to offer.

The route I took was the Pyg Track, past Llyn Lydaw, then up past Glaslyn. To be honest it was harder than I expected, and there were times were I really wised that I had opted for mirrorless and Carbon Fibre. The 'Three Legged Thing' tripod, plus the weight of the D800 with a good chunk of the glass attached soon became contributing factor to my tiredness. I was rewarded well and truly however by perfectly clear visibility, and hardly any wind at all. When I reached the summit I experienced something that many don't a clear view across miles and miles of beautiful countryside.

Below are some of the photographs that I took on the way up, and once on top of the summit.

Sony Xperia Goodness

All of the photographs below were taken with my Camera phone. The camera in the Xperia Z3 is truly outstanding. I never get tired of taking quick shots with it, and luckily you can expand the memory using the MicroSD expansion slot.