Photographer’s Insight: What a Summer… Part 2-Road Trips

As soon as there is a good weather day and I am not out taking photographs, Liz jumps up form her desk and says “Right! Let’s do some exteriors!” She is quite right, the weather will not stay like this for ever and grabbing moments of brilliance has been easy this year with our amazing sunny summer.

We ventured over to very West and Southern part of the National Park combining visits to new properties and sampling local cafes. As I have said before, Liz has an amazing memory for roads, and is the very best to go out and about with to see the countryside, she knows all the routes and back lanes.

We went passed Madog Barn, settled on the lea of a hill near Crai and got this shot looking over one of the hedges from across the valley, The clouds were moving fast that day and after a couple of minutes of waiting the light was perfect. This shot depicts the agricultural land and the valley views surrounding this beautiful converted barn.


We then headed over to a new property, The Old Wash House, which sleeps 6. As I don’t often come on new property visits (usually coming along afterwards with my lighting kit and spending a good amount of time setting scenes and creating lifestyle shots) I hadn’t expected to need the kit. Also I need to be a lot quicker on days like this to make the most of the day and Liz doesn’t like hanging around while either Paul or I shoot. So, while Liz finalized the agreement I wandered around the Old Wash House shooting without lights. The results were so pleasing and I didn’t feel that going back with the flash kit was necessary.

Take a look at the shots and let me know what you think? It’s a different style and form when you use natural light so it would be good to hear your opinions.

The area around the Wash House was so beautiful, the birds were twittering away, drinking from the ornamental ponds and rustling in the trees and you could smell the fresh cut grass, one of my special summer days.


On another day I went to see a new owner and property, Hunter’s Cottage. This time I took the kit, but it was missing a vital piece called a Radio Slave which fires the flashes off so we shot without flash. Working with available light is different, it makes things softer and less defined quite a lot of the time; great for smoothed out wedding portraits. AND fine if you are in the Med or have constant cloudless skies but a nightmare for fast work if you are a slave to the changeable Welsh weather.

Hunters Cottage is a sweet apartment perfect for 2 people, all on the ground floor, attached to the main house with a decking area that would be perfect for afternoon drinks or for relaxing in the sun. It really is in the middle of nowhere and surrounded by beautiful rolling hills. The owners are very accommodating, have their own horses and their own chickens as well, so look out for Fresh eggs for breakfast and see the beautiful horses.


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