DILAPIDATED BOAT

My next photo comes in the form of an old and dilapidated boat, moored at Barry’s Old Dock between the Cold Knap and Barry Island.

My parents always took us down to Barry Island as kids, where we would drive along Harbour Road which overlooked Barry’s Old Harbour.
I remember seeing the old and battered boats down there as far back as 15 to 20 years ago which shows their age.

On a visit to the old Harbour, I decided to take walk over to one such boat and see what photo opportunities arose.
You have to be very careful that the tide is out and trudge through all the mud but the you get the change to take some really unusual photos of a time gone by.

I went with this photo that shows the age of the boat from the faded paint work to the colour of the moss and greenery that has grown all over the wood work.
The texture and shape of the woodwork makes for an interesting point of view shot too.

As I was with family during this visit, I couldn’t spend as much time as I wanted to getting that perfect shot, but I plan on popping by real soon to see what else I can come up with.

Hope you like it.

DADDY LONG LEGS

My next photo comes in the form of a Daddy Long Leg (Or Dicranopalpus caudatus if you want to get technical.
You’ve probably seen it a couple of times if you’ve visited my blog as it makes up the imagery for my logo and my general blog posts.

This was another opportunity to test the close-up ability of my new Panasonic Lumix with Its macro function, combined with the 12 – 60mm lens packaged in with camera.

I opted for the black and white once again as the colours of the daddy long leg were very subtle against the off-white background.
This would allow for the texture of the wall come through as well as intensifying the blacks from the daddy long leg itself.

The camera performed really well and the daddy long leg even more so.
Sitting very still with its legs outstretched and perfectly straight along with the pincer like talons reaching downwards.
The legs being cut out of the image give a real sense of size, especially when compared with the tiny body

This one was hanging around on a wall outside our old apartment in Henke Court, Cardiff Bay.
The apartment building was a haven for these and other 8 legged mini-beasts so we regularly had to have a glass and beer mat at the ready….

I say we – More like I’d get my wife to collect and get rid of them as they make me far to uneasy and uncomfortable.

WHITE-HAIRED CAPUCHIN MONKEY

Another one from the archives when I was still going around with my Canon EOS 350D along with a Sigma 70 – 200mm lens.  The lens worked absolute wonders for nature photography of this kind and was perfectly affordable too.

We visited London zoo where they had a variety of monkeys of all shapes, sizes and colours.
This rather photogenic little fella just climbed the tree and just sat there, gripping the tree whilst taking a look all around.

I didn’t have long to work with the subject so had to compose the shot and get the focus arranged before it moved off.
With some more greenery in the background or a slight variation on the colour, the monkey would have stood out a little more.
I’m still really pleased with this photo mind, it’s one that I like to show again and again.

It reminds me why I need to get a telephoto lens for my current camera – Funds pending!

HOVERFLY ON A THISTLE

Back before I moved from Cardiff to Barry, I treated myself to a whole new camera to mark my return to the world of photography – Forgetting just how much work and stress the process of sorting a house was.

During this time, my wife and I went for a walk along the canals linking Cardiff Bay and the centre of Cardiff where we see copious amounts of wildlife including dragonflies, Bees, butterflies and more.

With the intense sun beating down, we were treated to the appearance of a hornet hoverfly.
I was a little unsure how close to get to the thing initially, but it was so chilled on the thistle plant and it didn’t look too dangerous, I zoomed right in and got this photo.

Making use of the cameras intense colour functionality to make the colour of the thistle stand out as well as the dark orange & black of the hoverflies body really standout.
Somme macro based blurring of the background ensured the background was blurred so that you are naturally drawn to the thistle and the wildlife.

This was a chance shot with my 12 – 60mm lens zoomed right in as well as me getting ultra close to the action.

CLIMBING IVY

Climbing Ivy is a real play on composition and texture.

Whilst this photograph would have worked really well as a black & white piece, you still get plenty of texture and depth with the natural colour of the wood along with the climbing ivy.

This photo was taken at East Bute Dock just off from the Central Link in Cardiff Bay, prior to us moving into Barry.
There are a number of trees and ivy growths that protect the apartments and offices from the noise of the traffic.

AN EMPTY BENCH

A more current photo and in our new home of Barry.

Having finally settled in our newly bought house, I decided to take a day off work to go for a wander down to The Knap and along the cliff side to see what it was all about.

It was a mostly clear day but was somewhat chilli with the sea wind blowing in my direction.

I wandered along the beach and up a huge grass verge where a path directed me past this bench.
There was no-one around and there was a small plaque on the wood in memory of someone who had passed away but obviously loved the bench and the view.

Whilst the view behind me was amazing, It was the bench that really piqued my interest this time around.

I wondered how many people walk past the bench without even catching a glimpse of the bench and decided on a photo that shows the bench as a small piece against the vast green of the verge – Totally silent and all alone.