Over this festive period I had high hopes for frosty mornings, snow capped mountains, chilly coastal sunsets and fully intended to be out amongst it with the camera. Well, to say the weather has been a disappointment is an understatement. It’s been repetitively grey and gloomy with the occasional spot of rain for good measure. In fact, I think I have seen the sun once so far since finishing for Christmas!
December 27th - the excitement of Christmas seemed like a distant memory, I’d eaten enough turkey, cheese and Christmas pudding to feed a small army , drunk far too much wine and scoffed so much chocolate that I should have been sick. Other than walking the dog, we hadn’t left the house for anything and I was beginning to get itchy feet. I hadn’t been out with the camera for a couple of weeks and the gloomy, grey murk did nothing for my inspiration.
Despite this, I figured that I should get out of the house and embrace the dullness rather than moan about it. Next year, I want to spend more time creating coastal images so figured what better time to start than right now. I checked the tides and decided to make the short drive down to Aberffraw on Anglesey and see if I could get a couple of images of St Cwyfan’s Church. For those that aren’t aware, St Cwyfan’s is a 12th century, grade II listed church that sits on top of a small island just past Aberffraw. At high tide it is completely cut off from the mainland and at low tide, you can walk out and up to the church itself (check tide times before venturing over!) It is a popular tourist spot and has been photographed countless times; however, I wanted to try and capture it in a way that I hadn’t seen before.
I spent a couple of hours experimenting with a prominent set of rocks in the foreground and took various shots with different aspect ratios (mostly 1:1). I utilised the ebbing tide to create the movement that I wanted in the image as well as a couple of long exposures.
The final images are below and I’d welcome any comments or constructive criticism. I feel that my photography has improved substantially since the beginning of this year and hope to maintain that upward trend through 2019.
Finally, I’d like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year and all the best for 2019!