Waterfalls in Wales

Earlier this week I found myself working in South Wales and decided to make a sort detour on the way home to the Brecon Beacon to take some images in the waterfalls area.   I picked the Blaen y Glyn Waterfalls as I had not been there before.  The area has series of beautiful waterfalls on the River Caerfanell near Talybont Reservoir.  I could only spend an hour on this visit so plan a return to take some better thought out images. 

Another place

These two photos were taken at Crosby beach near Liverpool. My plan on going there was to take long exposure shotsof the wide open beach and sky offsetting the small figures of the Another Place installation by Antony Gormley. When I arrived at the beach after working near by I struggled to get out of the cardue to the 40 mile an hour winds, after making my way down to the beach I soon realised that any work involving long exposures and tripods was not going to work out well, so a change of plan was needed.


After walking on the beach to get ideas for compositions I noticed the light coloured sand started to be blown around by the wind, this left a vail of sand hovering about half a metre above the beach. The moving sands looked like aseries of low-level clouds around the figures so I decided to exploit the conditions and go for some shots that made the figures look like they werefloating in clouds or maybe just have their feet stuck in the bottom clouds.  So after a couple of hours trying various locations, combination of figures, focal lengths and shutter speeds I left the beach red faced from wind/sand burn but pleased with a couple of shots.


Most of the shots taken were a 50-230mm lens on a fuji XE2 body.  The figures are a long way apart from each other so a longish lens is needed to compress the distances.  I had to take most shots at around 1/750 s to avoid camera shake due the high winds.      

Croatia - Abandoned Hotels at Kupari Resort

Just returned from a great week in Croatia, we stayed at the lovely village of Cavat that's just a short boat trip from Dubrovnik.  On the coast between Cavat and Dubrovnik is the abandoned resort of Kupari.  The resort was built by the Yugoslav People's Army as a grand resort for military personnel and their families.  The entire resort complex came under heavy bombardment by the Yugoslav navy during 1991 Croatian war, this resulted in damage to all the buildings and the resort being  abandoned after the war.  Post the war all the buildings have been stripped of any thing of value.  


Long exposure

A couple of long exposure shots, taken at New Brighton.  Fuji XE2, big stopper, 30s at f8. 

Skomer Island Trip

Had a great trip to Skomer Island over the bank holiday weekend.  We were lucky with the weather as a storm front moved out of the way just in time for the boot trip out to the Island.  

Storm waters at Marloes Sands.

Puffin.  Shot taken at Sunset.

The old farm building on Skomer.


I just bought a Fuji XE2 with a 18-55 XF lens.  I have always love my Fuji X100 but wanted the scope to change lens. I had a business trip to Liverpool and took the Fuji to see how will it performed.  The Fuji handle low light very well, with shoots taken at ISO 1250 handheld at low shutter speeds coming out sharp and very useable noise wise.

ISO 1250, f4.5, 1/4 S

Water front, Liverpool.  The last bit to be redeveloped.  


Solar Eclipse

Solar eclipse today.  Great weather with no clouds.  Pics taken with a 400mm lens, at f11, iso 100 and shutter speeds of 1/500 to 1/8000.


Project 365

I have started to do a 365 photo project.  I am going to take 1 image each day for 365 days.  These will be uploaded on a gallery on the homepage and onto the 365 project.org website, this is great site with a very supportive mix of  like minded snappers. http://365project.org/simonp.

Brimham Rocks

I've been working in Yorkshire this week and made a quite visit to Brimham Rocks.  It's a National Trust location with great potential for snaps.  I only had 30 mins before the sun set.  I look forward to going back for a longer visit one day.

Early Morning Walk

Early morning walk with the dog.  Snap from bridge over Trent. This is a heavy crop as I only had a 24-105mm lens on me.  Shot has hand held, one hand on the camera the other on the dog lead.  My daughter has set up a blog for our new family member Maisie the golden-doodle, this can be found at pearcespuppyprogress.wordpress.com

Kruger Park

I had a great trip to the Kruger National Park during the last two weeks in August.  I have just started looking at the pics taken.  These first few were taken just after sunrise a few hundred meters away from the gates of Satara Camp.  We had a great half hour watching the herd of approx 200 Cape Buffalo kicking up dust. 

Cape Buffalo, Satara, Kruger National Park.

Cape Buffalo, Satara, Kruger National Park

Hard Cape Buffalo, Satara, Kruger National Park

Heads down

Buffalo & dust

Safety in numbers

iR - Big Sky


A few flower snaps.  I took these with back light via a window and reflector to push light onto the subject.  


Leek flower case

Double exposure.