Elle Anais Photography.

I’ve been meaning to write this post for while now and have finally found the time to have a go. I took my sister out with me on one of our photography expeditions and was pleasantly surprised at the pictures she managed to produce with her Nikon Coolpix camera. She is only 13 but along with us has a fierce passion for photography and capturing images as she sees them. She has her own signature style and prefers the more close up shots of her subjects.

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This is one was taken while out walking with the cameras in local woodland, she mentioned she liked the contrast between the two and wanted to capture it by using the white  Dandelion as a focal feature set against the dark wall.

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The simply style of this photograph highlights her personal style, she likes to find the beauty in everyday items and manages to make them more aesthetically pleasing.

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Another one here with just an ordinary sign shot surrounded by the Ivy and undergrowth.

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This was a fallen tree we came across and she had no inhibitions about climbing along the length of it to capture this shot. She used a lower levelled frame to bring the front details into focus as well as the features in the background.

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The shot of a buttercup is beautiful with its simplicity, by using the macro mode on the Nikon she was able to get a frame with great depth to the image along with highlighting the details of the flowers and surrounding grass.

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Another low level focal shot, taken by resting the camera on the pebbles she was able to capture the movement of the water in the still frame.

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The low focal points are another trait of her photographic style, by doing this she manages to achieve the style of view point she if after by using the camera as if she were looking up from the ground.

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Moelfre Bay, Anglesey.

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This photograph was taken by me in Moelfre in Anglesey mid January this year, it was a really clear day and the bay was really peaceful unlike the week previous when it had flooded with the storms that were battering the coast. I zoomed in on the boats but tried to get as much of the back ground scenery and the sea into the shot as I could without losing the detail on the boats in the front of the picture.There is great view of Snowdonia nation park in the sky line and this fit nicely in the frame. It has obviously been edited by myself to a black and white shot, I have adjusted the brightness and highlighted the shadows to give the picture a slightly toned down effect

W.H Goss Falcon works pottery.

This site has been on my hit list for a month or so now after discovering it on the Internet. Etched with industrial and local history it was begging me to go and take a look and with M out on his travels and an drizzly afternoon spare I took my trusty partner in crime who for this post we shall call Superbear, grabbed my camera and off we went.

Apologises if this post come across with more of an Urban Explorer vibe but it would be a shame to not gives the pictures the justice they deserve by explaining the history of the site along the way.

W.H Goss dates back to 1870 when it was one of the several large manufacturers of ceramics in the potteries. The remaining buildings are the 1902 extension of the of larger 1858 factory. The sites pottery production ceased in 1944 and the site was sold on to Portmerion in 1961.

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This is a front facing shot of the large remaining factory building, as you can see it has 3 large floors and windows situated all the way along each floor and although they are boarded up you can still get a sense of the scale of the building and its heritage . I was using the Fuji Finepix again and Superbear was using her Samsung compact. We took these on a miserably drizzly afternoon so I’ve shot them in black and white to emphasize the melancholy tones that surrounds the disused site.

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On this side of the building the metal outside stairwell leading to the first floor is still intact unlike the rear of the building where the stairwell has collapsed. I zoomed in on this shot in order to capture some of the light peeking through the holes in the roof which can be seen through the left hand window.

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A ground level shot along the length of the building, the overgrowth can be seen creeping up the walls in this frame whilst the older part of the factory can be seen contrasting against the blank skyline.

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A detailed shot of the Falcon moulding located  on the far end of the remaining building. It was quite high up so I had to use the Fuji’s 24x zoom to pick up some of the finer details for the photograph.

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The depth of which the zoom has had to cover can be seen here as this frame puts the scale of the photo in to a better perspective. I’m shooting from ground level focusing up the length of the building and the falcon moulding can clearly be seen quite a way up toward the top point of the roof.

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I’ve been waiting ages to get this photograph as I’ve seen several urban explorers posting reports on this location. Its a great image to represent the potteries heritage and to capture it timelessly before it disappears forever with the continual movement into modern developments.

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In August 1979 these 2 remaining glost kilns and workshop were registered a listed buildings preventing any alterations or demolition from taking place.  In 2002 Portmerion applied for listed building consent to part demolish areas of falcon works whilst preserving and refurbishing the remaining kiln areas within a residential area. This method of preservation has been successfully used at several other pottery site around Stoke-on-Trent however these plans were later abandoned. Portmerion sold the site to a company called Connexa in 2011 thus presenting the site with an uncertain future.

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I took this one from the side of the main building trying to capture the kilns and workshop in the frame to  show a comparison in size as they are both are ground level. The neutral tones of the sky make the dark features of the kiln more prominent in this photograph.

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One shot from along the wall of the workshop with a single large glost kilns featured in the skyline.

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This photograph is view from the back of the factory which backs on to a wooded area. I wanted to catch the trees clashing against the brickwork to try and portray the  sense of abandonment that I felt while visiting Falcon works.

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What struck me the most was all around the surrounding woodland was littered with broken ceramics, hundreds of tiny pieces lay nestled into the dirt, a part of the factories history forgotten and left to disappear into the past.

Holy Island, Anglesey.

We took these shots in one of the many small costal coves just outside of Trearddur Bay on the beautiful Holy Island, Anglesey. We stopped here on the way back to the B&B just as dusk was setting in and manage to capture some wonderful photographs of the rough sea as the bad weather takes hold.

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These shots are a mixture of both mine and M’s work, we took several similar shots each of this scene however I have no idea who can take the credit for them as we were both using the Nikon D3100 with the standard 52 mm lens.

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This is a wider angled shot to fit more of the surface area of the sea into the frame to try and give a sense of the boisterous energy of the waves. The atmosphere was lonely and isolating but at the same time fresh and electric.

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The large far waves can be seen crashing against the rock face in this frame whilst the small tidal waves are creeping up the beach towards us. As it was coming up to evening I have adjust the brightness of the photograph to bring out the finer details of the shot.

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I have also turned up the brightness in this photograph to show the contrast of the white foam on the surface of the blue water. The dark rock surface shadows  nicely against the empty skyline.

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A more central shot this time with the sea starting to build up to several rough waves again.  With the cold wind howling around the cove and the tide nipping at our feet we took a few for shots for luck and retreated back to the safe, warm sanctuary of the car.

Wall + Snail = Super Macro fun.

After a few recent showers this week I had seen a number of snails making various bids for freedom up several walls whilst we’ve been out and about. After a short rain spell this morning I took the opportunity to have a play with the super macro mode on the Fuji Finepix and see what the results would be like.  Searching around the garden for a few minuets I found this willing participant who fitted the bill nicely.

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I had set the Fuji in Macro mode and adjusted 24x zoom to get a closer look.

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A side view capturing a larger view of the wall in the frame as well as some of the Ivy in the background. I wasn’t happy with the amount of detail been picked up so I set the camera to super Macro mode.

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I was more pleased with this shot as the super Macro mode has picked up the different colour and pattern variations in the snails shell and also some of the different textures that are present on the surface of the shell. I adjusted the aperture to let more light in whilst using the shutter speed at 1/500.

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The shell is more out of focus in this shot but bringing in the detail of the body into the frame. You can see the texture difference between the hard shell and soft wet body.

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After taking about 45 photographs of this little guy I’d guessed he had enough and was making a bid for freedom so I took one last shot of him making his escape and left him in peace.

Beech Caves, Staffordshire.

Beech Caves have been on our hit list for a while now and seen as we only live down the road from them it would of rude not to go and pay them a visit. I was shooting with the Fuji Film finepix S, while M was using our Nikon D3100 with the standard lens.

Beech caves are man made caves nestled in the heart of Staffordshire woodlands. Originally used for quarrying sandstone for building material they are rumoured to have also been used as a bomb store for The Royal Ordinance Factory at Swynnerton during  WW2.

Now strewn with litter and covered in graffiti the caves are a notorious spot for illegal raves and other undesirable  nocturnal goings on, rumour has it that the land owner and council are trying to have them filled in to prevent such further activities from taking place.

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This reassuring sign looms over the entrance but all seems good and after spending nearly an hour trying to find the caves and a scenic  trek through the woods we chance it and go inside.

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This is one of M’s photos shooting with the Nikon, he was trying to get as much of the caves into the frame as possible to give a sense of the size and scale.

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As we ventured inside the marks of graffiti artists past and present covered every wall and with the huge stone ceilings looming down on us it was seriously eyrie and touch claustrophobic. The caves continued quite far back although a few small side entrances provide some gratefully received light giving us the opportunity to explore further into the caves depths.

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The caves were quite dark and M’s flash on the Nikon was a bit more powerful than mine on the Fuji although we both took a lot of similar shots I’ve used these two to give a feeling of how low and imposing the ceilings were.

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This is another one of M’s photos on the Nikon, we’ve started dabbling into shutter speeds something we are both novices at, However he did seem  to catch the sunlight nicely that was coming in through the exposed side areas and was  not too bad for his first attempt

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Some very original and creative art work here.

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These shots were taken from the side view of the caves exposing the alternate entrances and featuring a lot of the natural woodland that the caves are situated in. The bottom shot was taken at ground  level to show all natural aspects of the environment  with the fern in focus and a slight blur to the caves in the back drop.

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Finally this is one of my photos with the Fuji, I tried to get a good focus on the flowers but still manage to catch some of the vandalism in the background of the frame. I liked the contrast between the two environments with the natural white flowers set against the harsh graffiti and tried to capture this in the shot.

York Minster, North Yorkshire.

We visited York for 2 days over Easter this year and took the opportunity to take some fantastic photographs of the town and York Minster.

York Minster is one of the finest medieval buildings in Europe and its full name being  the Cathedral and Metropolitical church of St Peter’s of York.  It was built over 250 years ago between 1220 and 1472.

It has a hugely important heritage to the city of York with the remains of Basilica, the ceremonial centre of the Roman fortress discovered beneath the grounds of the Minster. On July the 9th 1984 a fire believed to have been started by a lightning strike to the Cathedral destroyed most of the roof in the south transept and took over four years to complete the repairs.

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We decided to edit them in black and white to try and capture the gothic type atmosphere that surrounds the Minster and to give a sense of the haunting but grand building and its beautiful features.

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I took this shot outside the main entrance in to the Cathedral looking directly up at the building. We were blown away by the sheer intricate detail that had being painstakingly carved into the stonework and features of the building as well as all of the exterior mouldings.The panel stained glass windows are visible in this shot along with the grand circular window at the top of the building.

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This photo was taken in the main hall of York minster, I tried to get as much of the ceiling in without actually lying on the floor and getting trampled on by hundreds of tourists. We visited on Good Friday and they were holding various Easter services inside the Minster, this created a lovely atmosphere and although I’m not religious it was still moving to be at that place at that time.

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Another shot of the ceiling and arch ways inside the corridors of the Minster. The moulding on the ceiling are continuous throughout the building and have been finished to an extravagant standard with a lot of the smaller feature mouldings finished in gold.

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I absolutely adore this photo and would love to say I had taken it but unfortunately it was the fine work of M. He seems to have a good eye for detail that I usually miss and is able to picture things as a shot before he even picks a camera up. It was originally shot in colour but I have edited to fit in with this collection of photographs. There are various statues around the Cathedral, this one of a crying cherub was a beautiful choice on M’s part.

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Finally another one of my shot of some of the panel stained glass windows, these are prominent through out and add to the complete  grandeur and beauty of the Minster. The fantastic and breath taking detail covers absolutely every inch of the interior and its hard not to be blown away by the scale of it.

 

 

Sunrise at Blackthorn Farm, Anglesey.

We took these photographs out of the loft window at Blackthorn farm in January. M woke me up at about five past eight to show me the orange glow that filled the room. We immediately opened the roof window to get a better view even though the winds speeds were quite high making it very cold.

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The clouds had a really unusual pattern to them and seemed to have underlying tone of red and purple. Parts of the blue sky can be seen peeking through the clouds and the sun starting to appear from over Snowdonia.

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The mountains in Snowdonia can be seen silhouetted in the skyline and provide a scenic backdrop to the shot. The sun was near rising at this point so the sky was bright orange with flashes of red. The Second morning we were in Wales, the sun rise was no where near as glorious as this one so I’m glad we were woken up by the orange glow to capture these photos.

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