Frost in Cwm Cynfal

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This image, taken in January 2009, proves that you don't need an SLR to take good photos.   Sometimes it helps, though! A ruined bothy (or bwthyn) stands on the side of Cwm Cynfal, near Ffestiniog in North Wales.   This is a remote and beautiful spot:   on a fine day, you can see right across to … [Read more...]

The warmth of a November wedding

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Firstly, many congratulations to Verity and Chris of Sansom Photography (our daughter and son-in-law) because they’ve just found out that they have each been awarded individual membership of the Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA) and the Artistic Guild of the WPJA.   The awards are based on … [Read more...]

Frozen falls

Frozen falls

Moving on from my first image of the River Machno in winter, this photo was taken just a few yards downstream, where the river tumbles over a stretch of rapids by the old woollen mill.   Early in January 2009 the weather had turned bitterly cold, and the water had created fantastic icicles and … [Read more...]

Icy shadows

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One of my favourite photos from North Wales - this was taken on the River Machno, close to the old woollen mill, during a spell of very cold weather in January 2009.   I love the subtle colours and the lighting;  it has both coldness and warmth, and the ferns growing on the trees make it look like … [Read more...]

Autumn colours

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  We have been stuck in the office for the last few days, but that hasn't stopped Colin from noticing the brilliant autumn colours outside.  These leaves are on a Fothergilla bush in our back garden, and they seem to have an inner glow even in this foggy weather. Details:  Nikon D300, … [Read more...]

A walk on Machir Beach

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On the west coast of Islay, at the end of a minor road that peters out into a sandy car park, is a breathtaking stretch of sand called Machir Beach. Exposed and windswept, it faces the Atlantic storms head-on.  We’ve never been there on a windless day;  in fact, I doubt whether the wind ever … [Read more...]

A world in a water droplet

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I guess these images are proof that something positive can come out of a wet summer!  Colin took these photos at the weekend, when the mist had created countless sparkling globes of water on the leaves of plants in the front garden. Photography details:   Nikon D300 with 105 mm  f4  micro lens, … [Read more...]

Sansom Photography celebrate 100 weddings!

Corinna & David - Leeds

Our elder daughter, Verity, and her partner, Chris Sansom, are professional wedding photographers based in Leeds, Yorkshire.  Two years ago, just before graduating, they set up Sansom Photography and since then their business has gone from strength to strength - so much so, in fact, that they have … [Read more...]

Celebrating the sunrise

Glen Dochart, Stirling

To celebrate the summer solstice on 21st June, I thought I'd share some of our favourite sunrise photographs from around the UK. The word solstice come from the Latin sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still);   in the Northern hemisphere, this is the moment when the sun reaches the highest point in … [Read more...]

Portraits of a Lesser Black-backed Gull

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In March, we took the ferry over to Mull from Oban, and had a wonderful day exploring the northern part of the island. On our return journey, a Lesser Black-backed Gull was hitching a ride on the ferry.  Colin was enjoying taking photos of him as he rode around in the air of the slipstream and … [Read more...]