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29th July 2014

Yacht becalmed at sunset on the Marine Lake, West Kirby, Wirral

This was one of those occasions where it was handy to have two cameras.

While my good old Canon 5D was clicking away taking the stills for my West Kirby Timelapse #2 video, I used my little Nikon to take a series of images of the yachts becalmed on the Marine Lake.

Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Yacht #8 photo page to read more.

28th July 2014

Time lapse video showing the sunrise and incoming tide at Abersoch on the Llyn Peninsula, Wales

Liz and I have just come back from a weekend at my daughter's family caravan at Abersoch, on the Llyn Peninsula, another beautiful part of Wales.

Being near to the beach I just couldn't resist an early start on the Saturday morning to take the stills for this time lapse video clip.

As usual, click on the link to go to the Abersoch Timelapse #1 page to see the video.

23rd July 2014

Abandoned explosives bunker, Holyhead, Anglesey, North Wales

Liz and I came across this rather unusual bunker while out walking the cliff path around Holyhead mountain, on the beautiful Isle of Anglesey.

We were a bit puzzled about its origins until a helpful local guy put us right.

Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Bunker #1 photo page to read more.

16th July 2014

Limestone escarpment near Llangollen, North Wales

It's not just the coast of North Wales that gets my juices flowing as a photographer, there's plenty to get excited about inland as well, such as the limestone landscapes around Llangollen.

Of course, the right light helps to bring out the best of any scene, and I certainly wasn't going to waste the opportunity of some rare late afternoon sun while driving home along the A542.

As usual, click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Limestone Escarpment #1 photo page to find out more.

14th July 2014

Point of Ayr lighthouse with remains of concrete path, Talacre, North Wales

Do I come here often?

You may be forgiven for assuming I'm having a senior moment today, with yet another image of the Point of Ayr lighthouse at Talacre on the North Wales coast.

A quick scan through the Wales Coast Gallery will convince you that - yes - I have been here before.

So why take yet another photo?

Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Lighthouse #60 photo page to find out more.

11th July 2014

Jetty and sun, Llandudno, North Wales

Back to the seaside for today's photo, showing my favourite jetty on Llandudno's North Parade about an hour after sunrise.

Taking photos directly into the sun usually isn't recommended, but with some hazy cloud taking the edge off the sun's brightness I just about got away with it.

Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Jetty and Sun #1 photo page to read more.

10th July 2014

Signpost for Offa's Dyke, Foel Fenlli, North Wales

Today's image here at goHOWiE.com is another from Foel Fenlli, part of the Clwydian range of mountains and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

The 176 mile long Offa's Dyke National Trail passes along the flanks of Foel Fenlli, with attractive wooden way markers that just beg to be photographed.

Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Foel Fenlli #1 photo page to read more.

9th July 2014

The Clwydian range of hills, featuring Moel Famau, at dusk, North Wales

The end of a stunning day, looking to the northwest from the summit of Foel Fenlli over the Clwydian range of hills in North Wales, as the world holds its breath at the change of day into night.

Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Clwydians at dusk #2 photo page to read more.

8th July 2014

Puffin Island, Anglesey, North Wales

This is a very 'straight' photo for me.

Normally my landscape images are taken in dramatic lighting or from an unusual perspective, but on this occasion I thought I'd let the scene speak for itself.

This is Puffin Island, just off the southeasternmost tip of the Isle of Anglesey, North Wales, and is one of my favourite places to visit for a little calm and reflection.

So I took this normal photo, with normal perspective, under normal lighting, just as a reminder of how beautiful this part of the world is.

Click on the link to go to the Puffin Island #1 photo page to read more.

7th July 2014

The lily pond at National Trust Bodnant Gardens, North Wales

Here's the last of three views that I intend to show of Bodnant Gardens from Liz's and my visit a few weeks ago.

Although I took dozens of photos, most of them were just of snapshot quality, with the harsh sun causing problems with contrast and colour.

Click on the link to go to the Bodnant Gardens #3 photo page to read more.

4th July 2014

The National Trust Bodnant Gardens, North Wales The National Trust Bodnant Gardens, North Wales

Sitting by my computer on a wet Friday, it's really nice to re-visit a couple of sunshine drenched photos from our recent trip to Bodnant Gardens in North Wales.

Mind you, bright sunshine is lovely for strolling around in, but makes photography quite tricky!

Click on the links or thumbnails to go to the Bodnant Gardens #1 and Bodnant Gardens #2 photo pages to read more.

2nd July 2014

Water Lily

A water lily is something I've always wanted to take a photo of, but despite visiting well known water lily hot spots I'd been disappointed.

However, I finally succeeded in what I would consider as a most unlikely location.

Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Water Lily #1 photo page to find out where.

1st July 2014

Tea shop by the Llangollen Canal, North Wales

Today's image here at goHOWiE is a second view from the wharf by the side of the Llangollen canal, this time focusing on the twee but attractive tea shop sign.

As with yesterday's photo, some serious manipulation was required to cope with the tonal range.

Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Llangollen Shop #1 photo page to read more.

30th June 2014

Wharf on the Llangollen Canal, North Wales

A stroll along the Llangollen canal in the late evening sun is a real treat, especially when you come across scenes like this.

But taking a photo of the wharf wasn't all plain sailing.

Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Llangollen Canal #1 photo page to read more.

26th June 2014

Time lapse video showing sunrise and the incoming tide at Llanfairfechan on the North Wales coast

While yesterday's time lapse video offering was very much a spur of the moment affair, today's video, showing the incoming tide and sunrise at Llanfairfechan on the North wales coast, was a much more pre-meditiated affair.

As usual, click on the link to go to the Llanfairfechan Timelapse #1 page to see the video.

25th June 2014

Time lapse video showing the view down Llyn Padarn towards Snowdon, Snowdonia National Park, North Wales

A rare sunny day in the Snowdonia National Park, North Wales, found Liz and I on the banks of Llyn Padarn, by Llanberis, munching a picnic and watching as clouds played over the summit of Snowdon.

Suitable material for a half hour's worth of time lapse shooting? I think so!

Click on the link to go to the Llyn Padarn Timelapse #2 page to see the video and read a bit more about it.

24th June 2014

The Clwydian range of hills at dusk, North Wales

If I ever needed a reminder of how blessed I am to be living in North Wales, then this photo would do nicely.

Taken in the dusk on the slopes of Moel Famau close to where I live, this image shows part of the Clwydian range of hills as the evening mist is just starting to rise.

Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Clwydians at dusk #1 photo page to read more.

20th June 2014

Llangollen, North Wales, at dusk

Whew, that's the end of the latest batch of time lapse videos sorted out, and we're back to an 'ordinary' still photo for today's offering here at goHOWiE.com.

This is Llangollen, North Wales; a place that Liz and I don't visit very often, but it's quite a well known and heavily visited market town with lots of attractions.

What we like best is to stroll along the banks of the river Dee in the evening, and maybe stop off for a bite to eat somehere.

As usual, a click on the link or thumbnail will take you to the Llangollen #1 photo page to read more.

19th June 2014

Time lapse video showing sunset and twilight over the Clwydian range of mountains in North Wales

Another beautiful part of North Wales to look at today here at goHOWiE.com.

Shot just a couple of days ago, this timelapse video shows sunset and twilight over the Clwydian range of mountains, just ten minutes' drive from my home.

Where else would you want to live?

Click on the link to go to the Clwydians Sunset Timelapse #1 page to see the video.

18th June 2014

Time lapse video showing the incoming tide at dusk at Penmon Point on the Isle of Anglesey, North Wales

For sheer beauty it's hard to beat the Isle of Angelsey, just off the North Wales coast.

Mind you, it helps when the sun shines, as it did while shooting the stills for this time lapse video of the incoming tide at Penmon Point just before sunset and on into the twilight.

Click on the link to go to the Penmon Timelapse #3 page to see the video and read more about the making of it.

17th June 2014

Time lapse video showing heavy stratocumulus clouds over Deeside, North Wales

This time lapse video showing heavy stratocumulus clouds passing overhead was a completely impromptu production, filmed over the course of an hour through my office window at work on the Deeside Industrial Estate, North Wales

I'm glad I always carry my camera gear and tripod in the boot of my car or I would have missed it!

Click on the link to go to the Clouds Timelapse #1 page to see the video and read more background info.

16th June 2014

Panning video showing the extent of LLandudno Bay including the Little Orme and the promenade

This video clip showing Llandudno Bay on the North Wales coast is a strange amalgam between still photography and video production.

Click on the link to go to the Llandudno Panorama #3 page to see the whole production and read more about how I made it.

13th June 2014

Time lapse video showing the sun setting over yachts in the Conway Marina, North Wales

It's that time of year again when folk like me, who like to photograph outdoors during the 'golden hours' around sunrise and sunset, get sleep deprived!

Still, it's worth losing a little sleep to watch beautiful sights like this sunset over the estuary of the river Conwy in North Wales.

Click on the link to go to the Sunset Timelapse #12 page to see the video and read more.

12th June 2014

A seaweed covered rock on the beach at sunset, Llandudno, North Wales

Another rock, another sunset on the North Wales coast.

This time we're on the West Shore at Llandudno, just on the cusp of sunset.

As usual, click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Beach and rock #7 photo page to read more.

11th June 2014

A rock on the beach at dusk, Church Bay, Anglesey, North Wales

Evenings spent on the North Wales coast watching the sun set and dusk creep across the sky are wonderful, refreshing times for my wife Liz and myself.

On this particular occasion we were at Church Bay on the Isle of Anglesey on a lovely 'soft' evening.

Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Beach and rock #6 photo page to read more.

9th June 2014

Groynes at sunset, Rhyl, North Wales

This lovely, tranquil, sunset scene on Rhyl beach on the North Wales coast belies the state I was in when I actually took the photo.

Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Groynes #13 photo page to read more.

6th June 2014

Shelter on the promenade, Llandudno, North Wales

A little bit of nostalgia from soggy childhood holidays on the North Wales coast, when these seaside shelters came in very handy.

Fortunately we didn't need to use this one, on the promenade at Llandudno, on this particular occasion as the weather stayed good.

As usual, a click on the link or thumbnail will take you to the Shelter #3 photo page to read more.

5th June 2014

The Little Orme under stormy skies, Llandudno, North Wales

It's funny how the same scene can look so different on different days.

This is the Little Orme at Llandudno on the North Wales coast, thankfully an area of very active weather, as can be seen in this image.

Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Little Orme #1 photo page to read more.

4th June 2014

Slate heap and ruined stone cottage, Moel Siabod, North Wales

Continuing on the theme of slate, photographed during my latest excursion up Moel Siabod in the Snowdonia National Park, here is the only other image worthy of note that I took on that very hazy day.

These derelict workmens' cottages and pile of slate spoil are typical of many such scenes throughout the region, and give a real sense of history and the rigours of mining, now pretty much at an end.

Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Slate and Ruin #1 photo page to read more.

3rd June 2014

Slate details, Moel Siabod, North Wales Slate and lichen details, Moel Siabod, North Wales

A day's excursion to climb and photograph Moel Siabod in Snowdonia, North Wales, might have been a washout (from a photgraphic point of view anyway) due to dense haze.

It was a good job there was so much lovely slate around to compensate!

Click on the links or thumbnails to go to the Slate #1 and Slate #2 photo pages to read more.

2nd June 2014

Time lapse video showing visitors passing through Monet's garden, Giverny, France

Well, Liz and I have just got back from a week's holiday in Normandy, and top of our 'to do' list was a visit to Monet's Gardens in Giverny.

Apparently it was top of quite a number of other peoples' list as well, as this short time lapse clip shows!

Click on the link to go to the Giverny Timelapse #1 page to see the video and read more.

23rd May 2014

Great Orme, Llandudno, North Wales

Here's another still image chosen from among hundreds I took to make my Great Orme Timelapse #1 video.

On a good day there's nowhere in the world I'd rather be than on the North Wales coast, and the rarity of good days just makes the expeience that much more special!

As usual, click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Great Orme #1 photo page to read all about it.

22nd May 2014

Conwy Valley, North Wales

Whew! I've finally caught up on the backlog of time lapse videos that I needed to process. I didn't realise I had done so many!

So it's back to still photography for a while here at goHOWiE.com, starting off with a frame that I took as part of the hundreds required to make my Conwy Valley Timelapse #1 video.

Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Conwy Valley #1 photo page to read more.

21st May 2014

Time lapse video showing dawn and sunrise over the Colwyn Bay windfarm, photographed from the East Shore at Llandudno on the North Wales coast

A very early start found me on the promenade at Llandudno on the North Wales coast, watching and photographing as dawn spread across the sky and the sun rose behind the turbines of the offshore Colwyn Bay wind farm.

Well worth losing some sleep over!

As usual, click on the link to go to the Windfarm Timelapse #2 page to see the video and read more.

20th May 2014

Time lapse video showing yachts on the Marine Lake at sunset at West Kirby, Wirral

In contrast to yesterday's video Moel Famau Timelapse #7 which was the result of careful planning and preparation, today's time lapse video of yachts on the Marine Lake at West Kirby was one of those happy events that you weren't expecting but just fell right into your photographic lap.

In fact this yacht race was so unexpected that I didn't even have a camera with me to being with!

Click on the link to go to the West Kirby Timelapse #2 page to see the video and read more.

19th May 2014

Time lapse video showing dawn and sunrise at the Jubilee Tower on the summit of Moel Famau, North Wales

Some of the time lapse videos presented here at goHOWiE were the result of me just happening to be in the right place at the right time, and some were the result of planning and patience.

This video showing the dawn and sunrise on the summit of my local hill Moel Famau falls into the latter category.

Click on the link to go to the Moel Famau Timelapse #7 page to see the video and read more.

16th May 2014

Time lapse video of clouds passing over the full moon

This time lapse sequence of clouds passing over the face of the full moon as it tracked through the sky looks like it was taken from a Hammer House of Horror movie.

It certainly was a horror video in terms of exposure control and correction!

Click on the link to go to the Moon Timelapse #1 page to see the video and read more about the trials and tribulations of exposure for such a scene.

15th May 2014

Time lapse video showing a rainbow forming over Foel Fenlli, North Wales

It was worth braving the rain to capture this short time lapse video showing a rainbow forming and disappearing again over the slopes of Foel Fenlli in the Clwydian range of mountains close to where I live in North Wales.

The weather got me in the end though!

Click on the link to go to the Foel Fenlli Timelapse #1 page to see the video and read more.

14th May 2014

Time lapse video showing clouds and sun over the Great Orme, Llandudno, North Wales

The beach at Conwy Morfa is one of Liz's and my 'go to' places on the North Wales coast, there's just so many different views to enjoy within a half mile walk of the car park.

On this particular day we were blessed with a stiff breeze and scudding cumulus clouds over the Great Orme on the far side of the Conwy estuary.

Perfect time lapse conditions, so I didn't let the opportunity go to waste!

Click on the link to go to the Great Orme Timelapse #1 page to see the video and read more about it.

You may have noticed too that I'm now starting to use Vimeo as my video hosting and streaming service, as the playback quality seems better to me than YouTube.

So I'm in the process of uploading my better videos there, and you can visit my Vimeo channel by clicking on the link in the menu above.

13th May 2014

Time lapse video showing clouds over the Conwy Valley, North Wales

This short time lapse clip was shot on the spur of the moment as Liz and I were driving up the Conwy Valley in North Wales.

There's always something lovely to look at in this part of the world!

As usual, click on the link to go to the Conwy Valley Timelapse #1 page to see the video.

12th May 2014

Time lapse video showing night falling over the West Shore, Llandudno, on the North Wales coast

Here's the next time lapse video in my catch up exercise here at goHOWiE.com.

The result of a very late night out on the North Wales coast, this video shows the transition from twilight to night at Llandudno's West Shore.

Click on the link to go to the Llandudno Timelapse #13 page to watch the video and read a bit more about how it was made.

9th May 2014

Time lapse video showing the play of light on low and high altitude clouds at sunset

My favourite times to be out and about photographing are times of change.

In this case it was the weather that was changing, thanks to the arrival of a cold front over North Wales, so I took full advantage of the interplay of cloud and light to make this short time lapse video.

Click on the link to go to the Sunset Timelapse #11 page to watch the video and find out a bit more about it.

8th May 2014

Time lapse video showing the sunset over Hilbre Island from the Marine Lake at West Kirby

This time lapse of the sunset from West Kirby on the Wirral nearly didn't get made.

Click on the link to go to the Sunset Timelapse #10 video page to find out why.

7th May 2014

Time lapse video showing various locations around Snowdonia, North Wales, during a cloudy day

This time lapse sequence is a bit of a travelogue around Snowdonia.

I took a day off work and toured some of my favourite spots, taking 15 minute bursts of stills as I went, and then strung them all together to produce this final compilation.

Click on the link to go to the Snowdonia Timelapse #1 video page to read more.

6th May 2014

Time lapse video showing clouds scudding across the sky over the beach at Colwyn Bay, North Wales

Here's the second time lapse video in my catch up series.

This time we're at Colwyn Bay on the North Wales coast on a very blustery afternoon.

Great for cloud movement, not so good for camera stability!

Click on the link to go to the Colwyn Bay Timelapse #1 video page to read more.

2nd May 2014

Timelapse video of the full moon setting followed by the sun rising around the lighthouse on Talacre beach, North Wales

Now that spring is here I've been busy touring around North Wales shooting thousands of images for use in time lapse video sequences.

Over the next few days we'll be having a time lapse binge here at goHOWiE.com, as I catch up on processing the backlog of what I've been shooting.

We're starting off on a very special morning over at Talacre beach on the North Wales coast, watching as a couple of celestial bodies dance their way across the skies.

Click on the link to go to the Talacre Timelapse #5 video page to read more.

1st May 2014

Rock surrounded by sea at sunset, Church Bay, Anglesey, North Wales Rock and sea at sunset, Church Bay, Anglesey, North Wales

The west facing beach at Church Bay on the island of Anglesey off the North Wales coast is a great place to go to watch and photograph the setting sun.

These two photos wre taken within a few minutes of each other, and take full advantage of the plethora of interesting rocks strewn all over the sand.

Click on the links or thumbnails to go to the Rock and Sea #6 and Rock and Sea #7 photo pages to read more.

30th April 2014

Path around the Marine Lake at West Kirby on the Wirral. The image includes the sun and a triangular cloud

In my opinion, this somewhat surreal scene at West Kirby's Marine Lake on the Wirral deserved a bit more in the way of post-processing in PhotoShop that I normally give my images.

Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Path, Sun and Cloud #1 photo page to read more and let me know what you think.

29th April 2014

Vertical axis wind turbine at Porth Eirias, Colwyn Bay, North Wales

Who says wind turbines are ugly?!

This rather elegant example is to be found powering the newly completed water sports complex at Porth Eirias on the promenade at Colwyn Bay.

but I did find it quite tricky to photograph the way I wanted.

Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Turbine #1 photo page to read more.

28th April 2014

Conwy Morfa beach and the headland at Penmaemmawr, North Wales

This dramatic view shows the beach at Conwy Morfa on the North wales coast, with the headland at Penmaenmawr in the backgound.

Photographing directly into the light isn't usually the way to go for a landscape image, but in this case ignoring that particular convention worked better than I expected.

Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Beach and Headland #1 photo page to read more.

25th April 2014

Trees with golden autumn leaves, Loggerheads Country Park, North Wales

Can't see the wood for the trees?

That's a problem I was facing during a lovely autumn afternoon's walk with my wife Liz through Loggerheads Country Park in North Wales.

Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Trees #14 photo page to read more.

24th April 2014

Llandudno Promenade at dusk, North Wales

Still mooching around Llandudno on the North wales coast for today's photo here at goHOWiE.com.

This time I'm on the East Shore promenade at dusk, arguably the best time to be there.

As usual, a click on the link or thumbnail will take you to the Llandudno Promenade #1 photo page to read more.

23rd April 2014

A line of groynes at sunset, Llandudno West Shore, North Wales

Groynes, you just can't beat them for adding visual interest to a beach image.

This is the West Shore at Llandudno on the North Wales coast late one evening, with a glorious sunset glow adding to the beauty of the scene.

Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Groynes #12 photo page to read more.

22nd April 2014

A house with private sign, Penmon Point, Anglesey, North Wales

The island of Anglesey, just off the North wales coast, really is a beautiful place to visit, especially if you're wanting to take scenic photos.

This charming little composition is to be found at Penmon Point, and makes a nice change from the more usual photos taken here showing the lighthouse.

Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the House and Sign #1 photo page to read more.

17th April 2014

A patch of sunlit water by the cliffs at Porth Dafarch, Anglesey, North Wales

Here's another landscape photo taken in what would normally be considered as 'bad' light, on a bright sunny early afternoon at Porth Dafarch on Anglesey, North Wales.

Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Sea and sunlight #1 photo page to read more.

16th April 2014

Sunlit ripples in the sand at Porth Dafarch, Anglesey, North Wales

In photography, is there such a thing as 'bad' light?

I would argue not, there's just 'appropriate' or 'inappropriate' light, and what might be bad lighting for one sort of subject is just right for a different view, as I found out one sunny day at Porth Dafarch on the island of Anglesey.

Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Sand Ripples #5 photo page to read more.

15th April 2014

Tree trunk with camera deliberately panned during exposure to create abstract blur

Photography is a wonderful hobby for artistic expression.

All you are limited by is your imagination and the willingness to try different things.

Of course, digital has made experimenting much cheaper and easier than in the days of film, so why not take advantage like I did one gloomy early morning in the woods near my home.

Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Tree Blur #11 photo page to read more.

14th April 2014

Driftwood on the beach at Talacre, North Wales

Liz and I just love strolling along a beach, and living in North Wales we've got plenty to choose from.

Geographically speaking, Talacre is the closest beach to us, and probably the most interesting in terms of photographic opportunities.

Not only is there the dune system and wacky abandoned lighthouse to look at, but the beach itself is home to an ever changing population of shells, pebbles and the occasional larger pieces of detritus.

Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Beach and Branch #2 photo page to read more.

11th April 2014

Road sign nearly buried in snow, Clocaenog forest, North Wales

Deep snow in Clocaenog Forest, North Wales, and this is as far as Liz and I got in our exploring that day.

As usual I was looking for a meaningful scene to photograph when I spotted this semi-buried sign.

A click on the link or thumbnail will take you to the Sign and Snow #1 photo page to read more.

10th April 2014

Hiker contemplating the summit of Snowdon, Snowdonia National Park, North Wales

I'm still exploring my archive of early digital photography images, and I came across this rare image of me, contemplating the climb up Snowdon as the summit looms overhead on a bright and sunny winter's day.

Since I made this acsent (yes - I did make it to the top) in 2006 I chewed up my left knee in a silly hiking accident and I haven't attempted this climb since.

But finding this old photo has fired me up again, and I can just picture myself standing on the summit of Snowdon once more.

Maybe this summer I'll manage it if I can get fit enough!

As usual, a click on the link or thumbnail will take you to the Mountain and Hiker #1 photo page to read more.

9th April 2014

Female hiker resting on a pile of stones at Penycloddiau near Ysceifiog on Offa's Dyke, North Wales

This is one of my very first digital images, shot back in 2006 on a borrowed Canon EOS350D with a kit 18-55mm zoom lens, and shows my wife Liz having a rest after hiking up Offa's Dyke to the summit of Penycloddiau.

It just goes to show that finding a great location in great light is much more important to one's photography than any amount of expensive kit. (Although good kit makes life easier, or should do!)

Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Offa's Dyke Hiker #1 photo page to read more.

8th April 2014

Time lapse video showing stars, planets and planes passing over trees

Just catching up on some historical timelapse video that I've made but not had the time to process or upload here at goHOWiE yet.

I shot this sequence of stars wheeling overhead in the middle of last winter on a rare clear moonless night at Loggerheads Country Park in North Wales.

The nice thing was that it was only a ten minutes drive to get home and warm up again afterwards.

Click on the link to go to the Stars Timelapse #2 video page to read more.

Remember that you can see a full HD version of this video over on my YouTube channel via the link at the top of this page.

7th April 2014

Time lapse video showing the incoming tide at dusk at Llandudno Pier on the North Wales coast

The tidal range on the North Wales coast can achieve an impressive eight metres, so capturing tidal action using timelapse photography seems to me to be a very sensible thing to do.

The sea anglers that I shared my spot with overlooking Llandudno's famous pier seemed to be quite amused by my antics however!

Click on the link to go to the Llandudno Timelapse #12 video page to read more.

Remember that you can see a full HD version of this video over on my YouTube channel via the link at the top of this page.

4th April 2014

Time lapse video showing storm clouds over the Colwyn Bay windfarm on the North Wales coast

Two things North Wales has in abundance are windfarms and interesting weather.

Put the two together and you've got a great recipe for both still and moving images.

Click on the link to go to the Windfarm Timelapse #1 video page to read more.

Don't forget too that you can see a full HD version of this video over on my YouTube channel via the link at the top of this page.

3rd April 2014

Llandudno pier at night, North Wales coast

After a full day's climbing in Snowdonia I wound up at Llandudno on the North Wales coast to take a look at the big incoming tide.

This image was pretty much the last one I took that day, and shows the famous pier highlighted against the night sky.

Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Pier #9 photo page to read more.

2nd April 2014

Love message, written in the sand on Talacre beach, North Wales

Some of the subjects an outdoor photographer like me takes pictures of are timeless and grand, sweeping mountain vistas, the restless sea and so on, while some are very temporary, such as this declaration of true love written in the sand on Talacre Beach on the North Wales coast.

I just hope the relationship lasts longer than the message!

Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Sand Writing #1 photo page to read more.

1st April 2014

The Miner's Path in winter, showing Llyn Teyrn and the Snowdon Horseshoe, Snowdonia, North Wales

I've been looking back through my archives to see if there were any images that I'd overlooked that would be good to present here at goHOWiE.com.

My search took me back right to the beginning of my digital photography journey, back in 2007, where I came across this gem showing the view up the Miner's Path, one of the routes to the top of Snowdon.

The shot was taken with a 8 megapixel Canon 350D camera, considered ancient by today's standards.

This just goes to show that having a great subject in great light is far more important than having the latest in camera tech.

As usual, click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Lake, Mountains and Snow #2 photo page to read more.

31st March 2014

People sunbathing on the Devil's Kitchen, above Llyn Idwal with the mountain Pen Yr Olwen in the background, Snowdonia, North Wales

Having heaved a heavy Lowepro all the way up from Llyn Ogwen to this point up on the Devil's Kitchen I was glad of a break for five minutes while I took this photo, looking back towards Pen Yr Olwen in the Snowdonia National Park.

The inclusion of the couple sunbathing makes this image into something more than just a straight landscape image.

Try covering them over with your fingertip and see what I mean.

Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Mountain, Lake and People #1 photo page to read more.

28th March 2014

Crib Goch at sunrise in winter, Snowdonia, North Wales

Crib Goch in the Snowdonia National Park.

Right place. Right time. Enough said!

Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Mountain and Lake #4 photo page to read more.

27th March 2014

Panoramic image of the West Shore at Llandudno at dusk on the North Wales coast

Another beautiful evening on the North Wales coast, and this time Liz and I are parked up on the West Shore at Llandudno watching as day fades to night out over the Irish Sea.

Where else would you want to be?

Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Llandudno West Shore Panorama #1 photo page to read more.

26th March 2014

Caernarfon castle with reflection at dusk, North Wales

Taken on the same evening as yesterday's presentation Sunset Timelapse #9, this view of Caernarfon castle and its reflection was taken from the far bank of the river Seiont, and was the last photo I took before we wound our weary but happy way home after our day exploring the North Wales coast.

Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Caernarfon Castle Reflection #3 photo page to read more.

25th March 2014

Time lapse video showing sunset over the Menai Straits, viewed from Caernarfon on the North Wales coast

After a wet day spent touring the North Wales coast, Liz and I were treated to this stunning sunset over the Menai Straits.

Of course, I couldn't resist shooting a timelapse sequence!

Click on the link to go to the Sunset Timelapse #9 video page to read more.

Don't forget too that you can see a full HD version of this video over on my YouTube channel via the link at the top of this page.

24th March 2014

Llyn Mymbyr and Snowdon at dusk, Snowdonia, North Wales

Taken twenty minutes or so after the image Lake, Rock and Mountains #8 displayed last Friday, this image has a completely different feel.

Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Lake, Rock and Mountains #9 photo page to read more.

20th March 2014

Llyn Mymbyr and Snowdon at sunset, Snowdonia, North Wales

A delicate sunset, a lake and a mountain range. What more could you want as an outdoor photographer?

Well perfect calm would have been nice, but there was no chance of that in the stiff breeze that Liz and I had enjoyed all day during our outing in Snowdonia.

Still, even though there was no reflection of the Snowdon Horseshoe in Llyn Mymbyr, the colours reflecting in the water were just lovely to behold.

Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Lake, Rock and Mountains #8 photo page to read more.

19th March 2014

Tryfan with two hikers on the stone path leading to Llyn Idwal, the Glyderau, Snowdonia, North Wales

How do you feel about including people in your landscape images?

In terms of aethsetics, brightly clad tourists can be a problem, but one or two strategically placed and purposeful people can lift an image from being merely factual to something that tells a story or becomes aspriational.

For me, looking at these two hikers on the path from Llyn Ogwen to Llyn Idwal in Snowdonia's National Park makes me wish I was back there.

How about you?

Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Mountain and Hikers #1 photo page to read more.

18th March 2014

Tryfan and the stone path leading to Llyn Idwal, the Glyderau, Snowdonia, North Wales

Following our soggy week in Ireland Liz and I took advantage of the first decent break in the weather to re-visit one of our favourite North Wales locations, the Glyderau mountains in the Snowdonia National Park.

It was great to be out walking in the fresh (blowing a gale) weather, with sunlight and shadow dancing over the landscape around us.

Really refreshing for both body and soul.

Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Mountain and Path #4 photo page to read more.

17th March 2014

Atlantic waves breaking on the rocks at Spanish Point on the west coast of Ireland

This is the only meaningful photo I managed to take during a week long stay over on the west coast of Ireland during a trip there at the end of February just gone.

This is the infamous Spanish Point, being pounded by Atlantic breakers, photographed during a brief lull in the all pervasive rain.

It's a good job I had a new grandson to play with over in Limerick which was, after all, the real reason for the trip!

Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Rock, Sea and Waves #3 photo page to read more.

13th March 2014

The sun rim lighting a bank of cloud at sunset over the Conwy estuary, taken from the West Shore, Llandudno on the North Wales coast

Another dramatic image of the sun and clouds, culled from the same time lapse sequence of shots as yesterday's photo of 'God rays'.

It really was a superb afternoon and evening for sky watching, and I love it when I'm in the right place at the right time to witness such marvels.

Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Clouds and Sun #5 photo page to read more.

12th March 2014

The sun's rays fanning out from behind a bank of cloud at sunset over the Conwy estuary, taken from the West Shore, Llandudno on the North Wales coast

One of the benefits of shooting hundreds of still images for timelapse videos is that you can capture fleeting moments and events that you otherwise might miss.

This lovely image of 'God rays', streaming out from behind a bank of cloud over the Conwy estuary on the North Wales coast is a good example.

As usual, click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Clouds and Sun #4 photo page to read more.

11th March 2014

Conway castle and estuary at dusk, viewed from the top of the Sychnant Pass, North Wales

Being an amateur photographer, concerned primarily with the great outdoors, I get to see some great sights at times that everyone else misses because they've gone home long ago.

Such was the case at dusk on top of the Sychnant Pass, overlooking Conway castle, as I whiled away a couple of hours all alone shooting stills (including this one) for one of my timelapse videos.

Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Conway Castle #5 photo page to read more.

10th March 2014

Conway castle and estuary mud flats at night, North Wales

Every now and then I'll take a look back through my archives to see if there are older images that I might have missed and deserve an airing here at goHOWiE.com.

In my seaching I came across the thousands of frames that I'd shot to make my series of timelapse videos, and voila, hidden away were some stills that were well worthy, with a few PhotoShop tweaks, of presentation as single images in their own right.

So here's the first, showing Conway castle at night, viewed across the mud flats from the far side of the Conwy estuary at low tide.

Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Conway Castle #4 photo page to read more.

6th March 2014

The sun breaking though stormy clouds over the headland of Penmaenmawr on the North Wales coast The sun setting though stormy clouds over the Irish Sea, taken from the West Shore, Llandudno on the North Wales coast

Ever hear the saying 'bad weather makes good photos'?

Well I certainly took advantage of some seriously bad weather to take this pair of sunset images while parked up on Llandudno's West Shore.

Click on the links or thumbnails to go to the Clouds and Sun #2 and Clouds and Sun #3 photo pages to read more.

5th March 2014

A rainbow over the Great Orme during the storms of winter 2013-2014, Llandudno, North Wales

Another stormy photo from Llandudno's West Shore today here at goHOWiE.com.

This one has a promise of better things to come in the sky above the Great Orme.

Click on the link to go to the Rainbow and Storm #1 photo page to read more.

4th March 2014

A storm driven wave, touched by sunlight, breaking at the West Shore, Llandudno, North Wales

The winter of 2013/14 will go down in history for the storms, tides and waves which battered the UK coastline.

We saw our fair share up here in North Wales, and although we didn't suffer as much damage as further south, things still got pretty frisky.

I took this shot of a breaking wave during a relatively minor weather and tide event from the West Shore at Llandudno, struck by the majestic power of the sea, touched with beauty by the light of the setting sun.

Click on the link to go to the Wave #1 photo page to read more.

3rd March 2014

The Menai Straits just before sunset, Anglesey, North Wales

Culled from a run of around 800 still frames that I took to make my Menai Straits Timelapse #1 video sequence, this single image, with a bit of post-processing in PhotoShop, gives an impression of the beauty and tranquility of this wonderful location on the southern shore of the island of Anglesey.

Click on the link to go to the Menai Straits #1 photo page to read more.