Bay of Romance

Bay of Romance

Today’s post is a picture that I took in Cardiff Bay a couple of weekends ago.

As I was strolling around the Bay I noticed that there were some boats cruising and on one of them there appeared to be a couple having some wedding pictures taken on one of the boats.

This seemed like a very romantic scene so I thought I get a shot of it.

This picture was taken on 4th May 2013 so if you happen to be reading this and just happen to know who this might be then get them to take a look!

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Castle Ruins, Aberystwyth

Castle Ruins, Aberystwyth

A second post today which is a HDR image of the Castle Ruins in Aberystwyth, Wales.

This is one of the very first pictures that I took when I really started to develop my passion for photography. As I was (and probably still am) a novice I didn’t know much about camera settings, exposure and other important considerations so I have to say I’m very grateful for Photoshop and giving me the opportunity of bringing this picture to life.

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Cardiff Castle

Cardiff Castle

Today’s tour of the world takes us back to Cardiff in Wales.
This is a picture of Cardiff Castle taken last year but again only recently surfacing from my archives.

With HDR photography, I always think how amazing the architecture looks – it really gives it a totally different look and feel.

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A nice abstract picture now. These are rocks that are on Aberystwyth Beach in Wales but given a HDR treatment.

I think you will agree that it has really given it an amazing twist which I hope you will enjoy.

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Roald Dahl Plas, Cardiff



I was looking through my catalogue of pictures and came across another two from Cardiff that I really like. As I couldn’t decide which one I liked best I thought I would let you see both of them and let you make your own mind up.

They are of course Roald Dahl Plas in Cardiff Bay (otherwise known as the Torchwood Hub for all you sci-fi fans). I must say that Cardiff and Cardiff Bay must be two of the nicest places to visit ┬áthat I have ever been with some great places to eat and drink – for Indian food you must visit Moksh or for the most heavenly tapas make sure you go to Pica Pica!

Anyway I hope you like the pictures – which one do you prefer?

Hayes Island, Cardiff

Hayes Island, Cardiff

Cardiff is the destination today and a picture from last year that I took on one of my many visits there.

It depicts what I think is called Hayes Island in Cardiff Town Centre and yes it is a HDR image – I can hear all you traditionalists groaning already. If that’s the incorrect name do please let me know (of the area that is!)

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To HDR or Not HDR, that is the question


This subject seems to cause so many divides amongst the photography community. I’m not sure why after all, as I’ve said before if it’s your photo and you like it then that’s what counts.

I must say I am an HDR fan – mainly because it’s rescued quite a few rubbish pictures of mine.

Wow listen to that sharp intake of breath and gasps of horror – a photographer admitting that not every picture they take is perfect?? Stone him!

Just take a look at the picture at the top of this post – at first I thought ‘not one of my best, bad exposure for starters.’ But then I discovered HDR and just take a look at the difference!

OK you may not like it, but I do – I think it has turned the image into something stunning and dramatic.

Now you have every right to disagree, and yes a non HDR image is a thing of beauty too but please I would urge you, don’t dismiss the process. It’s all about different styles and different tastes.

Or as Tesco supermarket in the UK would say….’horses for courses’ (it’s a topical news joke – I’ll probably have forgotten what I meant in a few months!)

So there we go, my thoughts on HDR – it works for some images but not for others – I know, I’ve tried. Some images are beyond rescuing but don’t get hung up on it – press delete and move on…..

Until next time…..