The art of lens......

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As a professional photographer I often get asked about the gear i use. What camera I have or lens I work with, and when I'm asked these questions the people asking allways give this look of if I find this out this is what will make the difference to my images.

This I am afraid is simply not true, like everything in life photography is not only a skill but an artform, it is the way you look at something and interpret it weather digitally or analog. And the camera a lens you choose is just the tool used to create, but fundimentaly if you do not know how to see then the camera and lens are useless.

Now with many years in the bag I have a decent arsenal for equipment at my disposal but still try to use only what I need rather than what I have. The shot above is one taken just a few months back nearing the end of September, my friend in the image Claire wanted some new images and I had in idea so we ran with it. We went to a river near me in the Brecon Beacons and found some large deep areas I thought perfect for what I wanted. Although I am comfortable using big flash guns, top quality glass and all the trimmings I often find myself coming back to two lenses, for me these are the nikon 50mm 1.4 and the sigma 24-70 2.8.

I have found over many years that these two lenses give me everything I want and more, I use them for all my weddings, portrait work, landscape and everything in between. They are not the most expensive lenses in the world but they offer the clarity and durability I allways look for.

So when people ask me about lenses this is what I allways so, find what works for you, what you feel comfortable with and can use to get that shot ever time.

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When I first started out like many I have no gear I had bought a D50 from a local shop with a 50mm lens and used this for almost a year solid without any change, now most would so you can do everything with just one lens, I say if you cant do everything with one lens then your never going to be able to do it with all the lenses.

By finding that one or two maybe even three lenses that work for you you, and buying what others tell you just because you will not only find what works for you gear wise but also your skill and ability with broaden.

Be your self and do what works for you.


Also the image above was taken with a 50mm lens whilst balancing on a branch in a tree 12ft off the ground.


The Gear is only the Tool..

Bank Holiday weeekend

Saturday first day of the bankholiday weekend, destination Mountain View Ranch... On the outskirts of Nantgarw on the way to Caerphilly Mountain View Ranch is a fantastic family day out. 

Based on a large farm now turned into a family fun day destination, with walks through the estate, a Gfuffalo trail, climbing trees, tree houses view points and much this was an amazing day out with the family.  

Me and Han @ the Ranch

Me and Han @ the Ranch

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Jo playing swing ball @The Ranch 

 

 

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Taking a ride @Badger Wood 

 

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Roasting Marshmallows 

 

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There were loads of these tree houses just dotted around the grounds, 

 

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And for anyone that likes cooking the whole places was covered in wild garlic, the fields had a amazing aromor. A little foraging took place.  

 

All in all an amazing day out, not to far away from home and cheap as can be, although we did not eat at the restaurant the food that was being served looked amazing, and was not expensive.  

  

Great Day Out @Mountain View Ranch 🏅🏅🏅🏅🏅 

A morning at White Castle ..

Its an overcast  monday morning, it’s a teachers training day even know there just had 2 weeks off for Easter! 

Jo asks if we can go see a castle, he’s into castles at the moment and likes the whole knights and kings thing.  So in my mind perfect little morning out we’ll go to a pretty much local Castle, White Castle near Skenfrith just on the outskirts of Abergavenny. 

It’s a beautiful small castle, one of three built by the Norma’s when they started to take over the east of Gwent. Then completely renovated in the early 13th century. 

The castle is free to enter, with large grounds and on certain days you are able to climb the turrets and look out over the valley!  

After a brief look around the castle a game of Mob Mob was needed, along with some climbing and racing, the boy is getting fast now and takes a lot longer to tire out than he once did.  

An an amazing little place for a family morning out on a nice day,  

Snowdon Old Man Stag

Its Monday the 9th of April and my stag do, 

Not being the clubbing type I had decided to go to north Wales one of my favorite places in the Uk. me and my best man Sean also long time cousin booked up and added a few old men to the mix, My old man, Dai , Dai  and Alan. 

We arrived in Llanberis at 12 midday and made our way through the town to the Snowdon path on the far side of town just past the mountain railway, this path takes you on a 5 mile hike to the summit of Snowdon.  

looking over Snowdonia from the summit of Snowdon

looking over Snowdonia from the summit of Snowdon

On return to Llanberis, we made way to our home for the night a beautifully situated Bunk house / hotel in the centre of town called Dol Peris directly opposite is the best pub in town the Heights. 

On the menu for the evening was India at the local called spiced, an amazing meal that we all enjoyed before returning to the bunk house, sitting in there fantastic sitting room with wood fire where we proceeded to polish off a few bottles of the best drink money can buy WHISKEY.

 

The Lads...

The Lads...

The Old Man...

The Old Man...

Looking up to the Summit

Looking up to the Summit

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A Little Incentive.....

A Little Incentive.....

The Bunk House

The Bunk House

Day 2 of our maiden voyage.

The second nights sleep was better than the first, now with some idea of where to put things to maximise our space I began to find my feet a life.  

We woke up to a fine day the sun shining, bacon sandwiches, cappachino and the dog sat proudly out front. We packed up the van and headed off to wisemans bridge, saundersfoor for a great seafront breakfast, then into tenby and finishing up our day at Cwm Deri Vinyard near Oakwood park for a fantastic wine tasting of there full range and a cheese board to help us along. 

A fantastic few days away in a great little caravan/camping park called Little Kings  for anyone wanting a great cheep place to stay take a look.  

 

 

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Breakfast 🙂

Keeping the van safe  

Keeping the van safe  

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Fresh catch from saunderfoot fish mungers right on the pier.  

 

 

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Rock pooling @saundersfoot