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To recap my last blog post (Paxton's Tower), I had a shot of Paxton's Tower which I wasn't all that fussed about. It was a flat morning and I'd only gotten one usable exposure. I processed it in black and white and darkened the sky as much as I could get away with while trying to extract as much detail as I could. I then put the image up on my blog for posterity and to let people know what I've been up to. Below is the image alongside the original: Normally I'd put it down to experience and start planning the next shot but something about the image just made me want to tinker with it

Posted on January 20, 2018 by aledowenthomas in Landscape

I'd been having no luck at all during December so I was looking forward to visiting Wales around new years because I figured a different country would bring different weather conditions. I was wrong however, and it pretty much just rained the whole time. I was only over for a few days so I was eagerly waiting for any opportunity in the weather forecast. I decided to take a chance one morning on a promised moment of sunshine at dawn. I headed for Cerreg Cennen Castle. It was wet when I arrived and it only got wetter. I had no choice but to give up, however I thought I may as well head to

Posted on January 15, 2018 by aledowenthomas in Landscape

December is the busiest time of year where I work meaning I hadn't had the chance to get out and about with my camera, so I was looking forward to getting some new images while I was in Wales for Christmas. I had a few places marked on my map from previous recces and a few that I'd researched online which I hoped I'd get a chance to take a look at. Conditions looked good for the afternoon of the first day so despite being worn out from the long journey from Galway and seriously lacking sleep thanks to a child that doesn't sleep at night I headed towards Strumble Head lighthouse. On the

Posted on January 16, 2017 by aledowenthomas in Landscape

I have a hard drive that I back up my photographs on to. There is stuff on there that dates back to 2003. I didn't go digital until 2005 so they're digital scans of negatives. Below is one of those scans, and I rather like it. It's one that I would like to recreate but I haven't stumbled upon a comparative scene. It was shot around the end of 2004 on a field trip my year went on when I was studying photography. I have no idea where this is other than in South Wales.  

Posted on September 06, 2016 by aledowenthomas in Landscape

After the longest absence yet since I left for a new life in Ireland, I recently visited my hometown in Wales for a week over new year's eve. It being winter I was going to be spending as much time as I could get away with taking photos. The conditions on the first 3 days were outstanding and I would have happily spent all day snapping away, but I'd decided to limit myself to one location at each day's dawn in order that I'd still be able to spend time with family and friends. Before moving to Ireland, when I lived in West Wales, I only worked 3 days of the week and spent the remaining

Posted on January 13, 2015 by aledowenthomas in Landscape

I recently spent 10 days in my old home town of St. Clears, where I had the chance to take these below. I was perusing my OS map when something called St Canna's Chair caught my eye. I looked it up and found it to be a stone in the shape of a chair, situated near a church, on which people suffering from 'ague and intestinal complaints' would sit in order to be cured. The sufferer of the ailment would throw pins into a nearby well, drink of the water and sometimes bathe in it. If the patient were able to sit in the chair for a length of time (sometimes the process was repeated for a

Posted on September 19, 2013 by aledowenthomas in Landscape