The lakes are a tour of my favourite locations around Aberdyfi. The itinerary will start at Cregennan Lakes located to the north of Cadair Idris. After a short stop for refreshments, we then move onto Tal y Llyn Lake and the surrounding area before our final location, Bearded Lake (Llyn Barfog).
Mountains and Rivers
Mountains and Rivers starts early in the day and is weather dependent which may also affect the location. The aim is to catch the sunrise casting its first light across the hillside catching the local rivers and estuary in its early morning rays. If time is still with us, we may move on to a second location which will give a different view and scale to the scenery.
Waterfalls are one of my favourite subjects to photograph. We will get close and personal to locations in the Tal y Llyn valley. Starting at Dolgoch Falls where there is an opportunity to photograph the main falls, as well as the smaller more intimate falls that can give some great images. We then move onto the area surrounding Tal y Llyn lake and Minffordd.
It's All About You
This is NOT a group day. Everyone is at different levels of knowledge so your one to one training will go at the pace you want it to - and build confidence in the areas you need it. If you're a beginner, you won't feel you're being left behind - or holding others back. If you're more experienced, you won't be held back. We'll work on the things you want or need to concentrate on. I will be with you to help, guide, mentor and coach you. A One to One session is ideal if you want to accelerate your development as a landscape photographer. In a One to One environment. I can specifically tailor my tuition, share insights and perspectives in ways that are particularly aimed at your own priorities and abilities.
Rest & Relax
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ARCHITECTURAL, INTERIORS AND COMMERCIAL PHOTOGRAPHY WORK
IF YOU ARE A PHOTOGRAPHER VISITING ABERDYFI HAVE YOU THOUGHT OF A LOCAL PHOTOGRAPHY GUIDE TO SHOW YOU AROUND SOME OF THE MORE PHOTOGENIC AND SCENIC PARTS OF MID WALES?
THERE ARE A NUMBER OF POSSIBLE LOCATIONS IN SOUTHERN SNOWDONIA THAT CAN BE VISITED, AND AS ALWAYS, WEATHER AND LIGHTING CONDITIONS WILL DICTATE WHICH OF THESE WILL BE SUITABLE ON THE DAY. THEY WILL RANGE FROM CREGENNAN LAKES AND CADAIR IDRIS, THE TAL Y LLYN AND THE DYSYNNI VALLEY. THERE MAY ALSO BE OTHER AREAS THAT YOU WILL BE INTERESTED IN FURTHER AFIELD, THE DAY IS YOURS.
My workshops are setup to help you understand the settings in your Camera and are designed for photographers who are just starting up or have had some experience with photography but wish to expand their knowledge. Help with composition and the use of filters, long exposer, bracketing, panoramic and Infrared photography, plus many other photographic techniques will be given. The day will consist of visiting various locations in and around Aberdyfi, Mid Wales.
one to one workshops
This is NOT a group day. Everyone is at different levels of knowledge so your one to one training will go at the pace you want it to - and build confidence in the areas you need it.
If you're a beginner, you won't feel you're being left behind - or holding others back. If you're more experienced, you won't be held back. We'll work on the things you want or need to concentrate on. I will be with you to help, guide, mentor and coach you.
If you are a photographer visiting Aberdyfi have you though of a local photography guide to show around some of the more photogenic and scenic parts of Mid Wales?
There are a number of possible locations in Southern Snowdonia that can be visited, and as always, weather and lighting conditions will dictate which of these will be suitable on the day. They will range from Cregennan Lakes and Cadair Idris, the Tal y Llyn and the Dysynni Vally. There may also be other areas that you will be interested in further afield, the day is yours.
With the hot sunny weather, I've recently visited the Minffordd footpath with a Nikon D7200 converted to 820nm in the infrared spectrum and a Nikon 24mm tilt-shift lens. Around 800nm is I think gives a far better result than a 720nm spectrum filter, I prefer to finish my images in Black & White than having a false colour photograph.
A dull overcast day with time on my hands. Called down to Aberdyfi Harbour to see if there was an image to be made and saw some holidaymakers crabbing. Due to the weather, a black and white image seemed appropriate and just to add something different I decided to photo stack with three different images set at a different shutter speed. Add into the mix a tilt-shift lens to give a bit of a panoramic shot, and that was it. However, I couldn’t believe my luck when the lady with the crabbing buckets came into shot, I needed some point of interest, and she was it.
Sunrise overlooking Church Bay in Aberdyfi. I had planed to visit Cregennan Lakes but the expected calm and clear weather didn’t materialise. But with a good half an hour before sunrise still to go the sky had already started to turn red over the Dyfi Estuary which meant a short trip down to the jetty to wait for sunrise. This shot is a panoramic made up of 6 horisontal images and due to the high dynamic range of the changing light conditions each image is made up of 3 shots at 1 stop separation. All was put together in Lightroom without too may changes in post. When taking a sunrise of this intensity there is only a small amount of time, may be only 30 seconds to a minute, when the light is just right after that time the colours fade and the daylight starts to creep in.
A visit to Tom and Rhian’s farm ended with this photograph of Tom with his grandchildren. The lamb in the image had been abandoned by its mother and was being hand reared before another ewe could be found to adopted it. The image was taken using a lastolite attached to a Nikon SB-910. Although the photograph was taken in bright sunlight the effect of using the flash created a lovely moody feel to the image.
With a still and calm clear morning, my intention was to capture a moon set over Aberdyfi beach. But, with clear sky’s and nothing really to add to a good composition on the beach, I thought it would be a good idea to try and compose an image using the weather vane that’s on the Aberdovey Yacht Clubs roof. After a few minutes of taking photographs with the moon and weather vane at different angles to each other, a Jackdaw landed on the weather vane and decided to pose for a couple of shots! ‘Moon Gazing’ is made up of two images, the first with the Jackdaw in focus and the other with the moon in focus. Taken at 600mm with a Sigma 150mm-600mm Sport Lens it was impossible to get both components sharp in a single image. Both images were then merged in Photoshop and then processed in Silver Effects Pro.
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