Is this the view that the well camouflaged pigeons below have of the sea wall above them?
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Proportional Representation – Two Views
I don’t know what proportion (if any) of the people of Mumbles would go for proportional representation if it were available in the forthcoming May election in the UK. Disregarding politics, below is another take (or two) on the term that is more akin to cropping in photography.
It was a dreary day when I took these photos but, for me, that is no reason not to take them. The range of textures in the scene is what interests me most, from the finer grain of the concrete in the sea wall to the lumpy rocks and stones on the foreshore, to the fuzzy grey textures of the trees on the hill. All of this interspersed with the softer green moss on the wall and the sand separating the stones on the beach. And then there are the patterns and colours of buildings and people stretched across the centre of the frame.
At least it wasn’t raining!
Less Is More – Broken Walls
This is part of the ruined walls of Carreg Cennen Castle in Carmarthenshire, South Wales.
Photographically, less in the frame and a relatively short depth of field has provided a greater range of texture and contrast. The technical elements of this image may be important in helping to produce the photo in the first place, but the enjoyment or interpretation of it is personal to our own individual perception.
Round Stones and Flat Rocks
The pattern created by these smooth round stones was the second thing that interested me about this small area at the foot of the cliffs near Monknash on the South Wales coast.
I took a closer look and, on my iPad, I started a couple of sketches of the the harsh light and shade.
This revealed the disadvantage of recording observations with this method – namely heat! The sun was shining and it was a blistering day. Although I started my drawing from a vantage point in the shade, the sun soon moved round and I found that the glass of the iPad got extremely hot to the touch quite quickly. Had I been using a stylus, I might not have realised what was happening which may well have done some lasting harm to the iPad.
Click below to view the iPad animation of one of my attempts at drawing these stones on the iPad using SketchBook Pro.
The stony beach at Cwm Nash on the Bristol Channel coast of South Wales is made up of some pretty large stones – it is not shingle! This makes it difficult to walk, but perhaps there is some compensation for this in the amazing flat rock strata at the foot of the cliffs.
To see these you will have to watch the new StillWalks video, “Breakers Walk”, which will be available to view on Saturday. The sights and sounds of the woodland and waves ar, as ever, unique to the time ad place they were recorded.
That Early Morning Light
Fiery Sunset in Swansea Bay
Following an enjoyable meeting of Swansea Walking Forum at the 360 Beach and Watersports Centre on Swansea Seafront last week, I came out of the centre to be greeted by this view. It almost seemed as if there was a huge fire in the distance.