Limeslade Bay

This afternoon I visited Limeslade Bay, Mumbles for sunset. I decided to go there as it has a lovely rocky shore, its easily accessible and the tide would be quite high. I wanted a rocky shore to get water movement over rocks.

The pretty clouds were a very useful feature in the reflected rock pool.

There wasn’t the usual colour in the sky during twilight, this I missed – it was just very blue.

The shore almost soaked me a couple of times, I thought it was safe to move down as the tide was going out, but a large wave would hit the rocks, cue me jumping out of the way…

Im going to visit this place again, maybe at sunrise – its not really that far away, with different clouds I may get a better atmosphere.

Portrait of an artist…

On Wednesday I had the pleasure of photographing the lovely Angie Stevens, if you’ve been reading the newspapers or watching the news in the UK in the last two days, you’ll know exactly who I am talking about. For those who don’t, after reading this post nip over to Doodlemum for a look (shes truly excellent artist and a wonderful person!).

We decided to take the photo outside as the lighting inside was just too bad, and on Wednesday it was ok to do this as there was less rain than usual – I hate the impression I give of the weather in Wales, but we’ve had the wettest June on record.

Since then the photo has been cropping up all over the place, especially on the daily mail website and newspaper. It is very obscure for me to have my photo in a newspaper, I just thought as I took it I should write a bit about it too! 🙂 Going to have to get over my modesty if I want to develop myself as a portrait photographer.

Now for the techy bit, I took the photo with a wide aperture to obscure the background objects, which in turn allowed me to use a sensitive ISO and reduce noise with the available light. I used a cloudy white balance to warm the tones. Extra attention was paid to ensure the eyes were in focus.

I prefer the first photo’s angle as the focal points are on the face and the body is softened, its a nicer effect. The angle is also more friendly in the first photo.

I am incredibly happy with Angie’s fame, I hope this is the start of a very happy and long career in illustration. Good luck lovely, that mermaid painting on my wall will be worth lots one day 😉