2015 Ramblings


10th December

Christmas is nearly here and the weather has been atrocious, hence I haven’t been out much in the past few weeks. I have spent a lot of my time in front of the computer trying to gain some proficiency in Photoshop. 

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As a way of learning a bit more about photoshop I produced our Christmas Card for this year. The original image was taken in Coed Felin Blwym in the Gwydyr Forest near Llanwrst and included the Grey Mare’s waterfall in the top half of the picture.

I have also been on a creative photography evening with Conwy Camera Club which was very interesting and informative.

The image below right, was taken that evening, and is not difficult to master once one knows the technique and has all the required equipment such as remote triggered flash guns etc.

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The George V post box was spotted in a wall in Prestatyn yesterday. Myself and Keith Campbell have a Wednesday out once a month when we go somewhere different and have a few beers and a bite to eat for lunch. Yesterday it was Prestatyn and some photos of the various hosteleries we visited can be seen here.

13th November

I have added another photo to the PnP section of the web site here from the Kings Head.

Gina and Poppy are still keeping us amused. but Gina is growing up fast now she can be taken on short walks.

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She  was asleep in her bed the other day when I took this image. It shows off her one black pad perfectly.


8th November.

Well the 5th has been and gone and the animals wern’t too upset and parliment is still there, I think.

On the 4th, Wednesday I had a day out to Chester with some friends. A drink and lunch, before returning on the train. A couple of photos can be seen here.

The past year has really passed quickly, I was only reminded of this recently as our Mazda needs to go in for its first service next week. it will soon be time to start thinking of preparing the website for 2016.

No photos this time, I haven’t been out with the camera for a while, mainly due to looking after Gina and the weather.

2nd November 2015

I had a day out in Blaenau on Saturday. I was hoping that the clouds would clear and I would get some nice clear weather for some photographs. No such luck, but I still managed to find some interesting subjects which can be found in the Blaenau Ffestiniog gallery here.

Near the hospital in the town. there is a little hill with a memorial on top. From here one can get a full 360 degree view of the surroundings.

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I have never really tried panoramas before, but, I am very pleased with the result. The image above was taken with my lens set to its widest at 17mm, whilst the image below was with the lens set to 35mm and with a different mid point.

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The other exciting thing that happened over the weekend was that Poppy, our three legged kitten brought home a mouse. She was very pleased with herself.

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We have this afternoon taken Gina out for a walk at a location where we were able to let her run without having a lead.

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She really enjoyed herself and is now having a well earned rest in her basket after all the exertions.

I plan to return to Blaenau Ffestiniog next Saturday to continue my photographic exploration.

28th October 2015

Good News:

 I have just learnt that I have passed the recent Open University/Royal Photographic Society, joint photographic course with an 80% pass rating.

The comments made regarding the inadequacies in my presented work were correct and thoughtful. It is very interesting to hear what other people think of ones work. More comments will be forthcoming soon as I have just entered a competition with Conwy Camera Club which I have recently joined.

I now have to consider whether to proceed and to try for a RPS Distinction. Firstly though I am now eligible to attend a distinctions advisory day prior to the actual submittal itself. i expect that this will be in the new year sometime, so I have plenty of time to prepare.

In the Project Performance Profile it was heartening that one of my images was singled out for particular comment. Some of you will have seen the photograph of the woodpecker chick at its nest hole. For the course I modified it slightly to include a blue sky with fine clouds instead of the white sky that was on the original. if you would like to view the submitted version then it can be found here.

27th October 2015

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Yesterday I went to Bodnant Gardens in the Conwy Valley. I was there before they opened, hoping to take some photographs prior to the forecast clouds. In the event, the clouds came and went and it ended up as being a glorious few hours.

One of my favourite shots from the day, is this one of a young boy crossing the bridge in the Dell.

I was very lucky in that just as he stepped onto the bridge the sun shone and lit up the whole scene. I thought as I was composing the image that I might have to crop it later to remove the leaves and such. But, in the end, the image to the right is 'as taken' witn only minimal development in Lightroom.

I have uploaded some other images from yesterday to here. Bodnant is a great place to go for taking photographs, especially if the sun is shining like yesterday.

From November 1st we will be able to take our two dogs as well on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays which is good news.

24th October 2015

What a wet and miserable day today has turned out to be. I was thinking of going to Bodnant to take some photos, but now instead I will update the web site and do some general office related work.

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Still,  a few days ago I managed to get a photo of Wilma teaching Gina the rules of play fighting.

It was a real rough and tumble with lots of snarling and barring of teeth. I would not like to get my hand anywhere near either of their mouths.

I also managed to catch a shot of a bee collecting from out hebe bush. 

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On the entry for 11th October, below, I posted an image of a 'Ghost Sign’. Since then I have captured another image of a plaque in a wall, this time in Conwy

As you can see, on this carving the date has had some additional numbers added for some strange reason.

Ali came up with the current thoughts on this after doing a search on Google.

We are not too sure if this is the correct explanation, but it’s the only one we have at the moment.

20th October 2015

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 I have been given copies of some photographs from about 1989; not long after I moved to Llandudno. I think they were taken in and outside the Cae Coch Sulphur Mine above the Conwy Valley.

There is a very young looking me, an even younger looking Mike Ennis, his dad Frank and on the external image (left) Erik Sellors, Ian Norman, Billy Davies (sadly no longer with us)  and possibly Steve Lea in the background. All the images can be found here.


19th October 2015

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I have been very busy uploading photographs to the stock agencies recently and have to date, had five images licenced for use. Considering it’s only been a couple of weeks and I have a limited number uploaded I am very pleased to have licencesed the five.

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Anyway, on to other things, the other evening Poppy our three legged cat decided that she needed a new drinking bowl and though the loo would be a good place to investigate. This was fine initially until she tried to have a drink, or at least thats what I think she was trying, when she nearly fell in. I was laughing too much to have a look and of course I had to take the pictures.

I also visited Conwy Camera Club last week and will be joining (if they will have me) at this Tuesdays evening meeting. My friend Dennis will also be joining which will be good as we can then take it in turns to drive. I had been meaning to join for a long time, but with working away, I hadn’t found the time on my home comings. 

I did though join the RPS (Royal Photographic Society) a few years ago and am considering trying to gain a distinction at some time.


11th October 2015

I have re-organised the Shopping section, as in the future, I intend to add a Prints and a Maps section.

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On Wednesday, it being the first Wednesday in the month, I went for a walk about with Keith Campbell. This month we visited Abergele, and then the Valentine in Llanddulas on the way home. It has been about 27 years since I last spent sone time in Abergele, and very pleasant ir was too. The Castle was particularly nice, being a non foody public house and recently taken over by a new landlady.

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An interesting building feature that I spotted was this 'Ghost Sign’ which was high on a building wall. I had to search for the correct name of these signs and the link takes you to a reference article. It seems they are very prevalant in the UK and certainly worth looking out for in future as a photographic opportunity.

The PnP section has been updated to include photo’s from this trip. Check out the before food and after food Keith pictures!

And finally, for this update, an image that gives an idea as to how fast Gina (the Puppy)  is growing. She is only thirteen weeks old here in this photo and now weighs 11.3 Kg.

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9th October 2015

I now have 134 images for licence in Picfair; and the really good news is that I have today sold my first image. My shot of an Ostrich, the image with just its neck and head is my first sale.

2nd October 2015

I have been working on uploading images to the picfair account and have just uploaded the 100th picture.

Beautiful weather we are having at the moment in north Wales and Llandudno in particular. I was sat outside only 30 minutes ago watching over Gina and in the sky coming from Pen Dinas was a solitary soap bubble. It was a long way up, but luckilly I had the big lens on the camera which was with me. Anyway the image below is a cropped version of the photograph. It is interesting to try and locate the building and trees in the reflections shown in the bubble.

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Also this afternoon I have been to the butcher we use down the Conwy Valley, Marilyn’s at Tal y Bont. Anyways, instrad of going directly there I took a detour around Marine Drive with the camera. Part way around I saw these three goats having a conflab.

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Bye for now.

30th September 2015

News. Picfair; the stock agency I have uploaded images to; 

(https://www.picfair.com/tonymapping)

has published its weekly pick of all the thousands of images that have been uploaded in the past week

My shot of a Greater Spotted Woodpecker chick waiting for its next meal has been picked as one of only 23 to be included in the Picfair Pick for this week.

https://www.picfair.com/blog/picfair-picks/bloom

1 of 23 out of thousands uploaded can’t be bad!

30th September 2015

Gina: Our little puppy is not so little anymore! The Saturday after we brought her home she weighed 5.9Kg. On Monday this week she was just short of 10Kg. So very roughly, in the four weeks we have had her she will have doubled in weight. She has also had her first injection, so last week we were able to take her down to West shore beach and give her her first outing.

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Wilma is being very good and taking a lot of the strain off me and Ali by playing rough games with Gina for quite long periods until even she has had enough. She then barks so that we can let her up stairs and retires to her own bedroom; lucky dog.

Last saturday I went for a walk around the Orme, it was a beautiful sunny day. I think September is the best month of the year. Anyway, during this walk I took the below photograph which gives an unusual view of the cable cars. 

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The Orme was very busy with walkers, bird watchers and climber on Pen Trwyn.

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It was the busiest I have seen it in a long time; granted I havent been getting out much recently as Ali has been really busy, leaving me to look after Gina.

If you have read my blog this far, please have a read of the one below which I have uploaded today.

29th September 2015

For some time now I have been considering how I might sell some of the images I have taken since I re-kindled my enthusiasm in photograpgy back in 2011.

 As my friends will attest and can be seen on this web site, I have an extensive library of photographs taken over the past few years. Whilst not all of these will be of a good enough quality to sell, a good few might be acceptable and hence saleable..

With this in mind I have been investigating the various options for selling images online. After much research, I have decided to use a stock image site called Picfair.

https://www.picfair.com/tonymapping

The above link will direct you to my pages on the site in a new browser window.

Picfair is a British company that was set up in 2014. The following link will explain its principles for those that want to investigate further.

https://www.picfair.com/about

From this site you will be able to purchase a licence to use any of the uploaded images, as per the licence agreement. The cost to licence an image is fully visable (I am still not sure at what level to set my images) and Picfair will then add a mark-up. to cover their costs/profit etc. All this is explained in the about section that the above link directs you to.

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I investigated numerous stock agencies once I had decided to try and sell some of my photographic efforts. The vast majority are US based where the rules on what can and cannot be sold are quite complex. For instance this photo of Conwy Quay was rejected by one agency due to a trade mark being visible. On another site they would not accept a photo of Llyn Crafnat because the name was in a "foreign language"!

The commission charged by these agencies was also quite high, being on average around 66%. Eventually I heard of ‘Picfair' through a fellow student on the OU photographic course that I was engaged in.

In the menu bar at the top of this page you will note a new item; ‘Shopping’. In this folder there is a section for Photographs, where I will in the coming week place a 72 ppi copy of the high resolution images I have uploaded to Picfair. This will enable one to view before purchasing as it were. A click on any image in this album will open a new window directly in Picfair, where you may purchase a licence and download the image.

So, why not design your own Christmas and/or Birthday cards using stock photos. Download one to use as a screen saver or for a multitude of other possible uses. There are thousands of photos to choose from on Picfair, not just mine! So if you need images for any reason please check out what is on offer.


10th September

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We have now had Gina our new dalmation puppy for a week and she is still causing havoc. But it is great to have her and she is starting to settle in a bit.

I am sure she has grown and the photos to the left were taken four days ago, she seems larger! We will weigh her again on Saturday. Last week she was 5.9Kg. It will be intesting to see how much weight she has put on in the space of seven days.

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Poppy. the kitten has found that the best way to fend off Gina is to lie down and then she can use her only front paw to swipe Gina’s nose when it gets too close.

Yesterday afternoon a large ‘Southern Hawker’ dragon fly landed on the hedge just beside our house. Luckily it stayed there long enough for me to get some photos which I have placed here.

I have also uploaded some photographs of the moving parts within the Waverley engine room which can be seen here.







4th September

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A lot has happened in the last few days! I have been to Bangor with a friend for a look around and lunch, I have been on the Waverley Paddle Steamer for a cruise from Llandudno towards Red Warf Bay and back, then finally, yesterday we went to Preston to pick up our new Dalmation puppy; Gina.

Gina, as you can see is very cute and has now been introduced to Wilma our black Lab and Poppy the three legged kitten.

Although not all playing together at the moment they seem to have reached a standoff position very quickly.

This is not as we thought it would be with the kitten in charge! Poppy is not sure at all what to make of Gina and is steering well clear, with a lot of hissing and growling.

I have uploaded a couple more photo’s of Gina, Poppy & Wilma here.

My trip to Bangor with Keith: Previously and while I was working abroad we went out for lunch to Chester everytime I came home. Now though, we have decided to vary the destination every month. Hence last month’s visit to Caernarfon and this month to Bangor. We wont be rushing back to Bangor though as it was a bit run down and most of the licenced premises did not have draught beer to sample. I have put a couple of photo’s at the end of the PnP gallery from our outing.

Finally our Waverley trip. It was amazing. The Waverley is the only sea-going paddle steamer left in the world! Yes, the WORLD.

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 There is not another one like it. 

I spent a lot of time looking into the engine room. Lots of moving parts and interest. Although I took a lot of photographs it was difficult to convey the power and movement of all the slides, shafts and connectors that make this 56rpm, 2100 HP steam engine work. I will work on a few of the images later and see if I can get a couple worth posting to this web site. In the meantime a few ‘normal' photographs can be found here from the trip.

29th August

A good time was had by all at the get together to celebrate Irene’s birthday on Thursday night. I had to be careful though, as early the next morning I was taking Tom to the eye hospital in Abergele for surgery. That all seemed to go well and he took the bandage off this morning. It will be a few days before the eye recovers, hopefully with better vision than he had before.

Anyway, back to the celebration.

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As you can see from the above photo there was a lot of hillarity at one point. To see the cause of this follow this link.

Today I have been on a stroll around Marine Drive and managed to get a few semi decent photographs which can be viewed here. The images with the ‘Moire' like effect are quite interesting from a photographic standpoint. The final black and white one of the bay and pier I am not too sure about, but it certainly stands out.

27th August

Today is a special day as it is Irene’s 60th birthday. There will be a get together later on in the Snowdon to celebrate. HAPPY BIRTHDAY IRENE.

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In the meantime I am going up to the piece of land we own and use as a store to get the strimmer out and cut back on the grass and brambles which have started to get a bit overgrown.

13th August

We have picked Gina? She has three spots on top of her head and is very sweet. I think she liked me! She certainly liked Ali, but it was difficult to choose as there were so many of them.

It will be early September before she can come and join our family.

After carefull consideration I have also amended one of my photographs submitted to the OU. Both the old and new versions can be found here next to each other, just click the arrows,  and I wellcome feedback on which you prefer.

12th August

In my rush yesterday I forgot to include the new friends gallery in the list of new and updated galleries. Today we are of to Preston to view a set of Dalmation puppies and hopefully pick one to come and join Wilma and Poppy when it is old enough. I will be taking the camera, so expect some photos in due course.

11th August

Another month and today a large update to the website.

I have finally submitted my end-of-module Assessment (EMA) to the OU and can now catch up on things I have let slip, like this website.

I have created a new folder within the galleries section, in which I have placed the 10 images that I finally decided upon for my EMA together with a simple image showing how they would be hung for assessment if they were printed copies.

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During this period I have also been busy converting what was our junk room into an office cum studio for myself. The photos to the left and right show how the room looked just after I had had it plastered. Now that it is finished and we have had an official studio opening ceremony I will have to get cracking on the next project.

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I think you will agree that the finished room makes for a very pleasant working space. And, I have always wanted a hat wall, so now I am satisfied.

I have uploaded a lot of photos this month in addition to my EMA ones. The galleries that have been updated or added are listed here below:

Llandudno

Great Orme

Hen Blas

N W Lakes

Plas Newydd

Eglwsbach Show

Family

and not forgettimng PnP’s

I haven’t counted, but there must have been more than 50 photographs! One strange thing that you will notice in this update is that the titles of the images are in a different style, in that they no not now start with TMD_date_ etc. I have no idea why this should be but can only surmise it is something to do with the recent update to Adobe Lightroom, the program I use to convert my photographs to JPG versions for the web.


18th July

Where does the time go? It seemed only yesterday that I last updated this web site and I was suprised to see that it was way back in May.

What have I been up to in all this time? Those who I see regularly will know that I have been building myself an office come studio in what was our old junk room. The build is coming to the end now though, after more than three months of labour. Hopefully I should get it finished before the end of this month.

The other thing that has been taking up my time is an open university photographic course which the are running in collaboration with the Royal Photographic Society. I am now on week seven of the ten week course and will, during the final weks, have to pick a selection of ten images from my catalogue to submit for the final assessment.

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The photo above was taken during the Llandudno airshow and was entered in the Cambrian Photography Aviation competition.It did not win, but thats OK, I like it. There were a lot of photographers out and about during the airshow and the day was a great success.

I had a trip on the Balmoral recently on a cruise around Anglesey. It was an excellent day out and I managed to take a few photographs! One of my favourites being this unusual shot of Llandudno pier.

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I will endevour to update the web site on a more timely basis from here on.


27th May

Good News:

It was announced yesterday that the National Trust have purchased Parc Farm on the Great Orme together with the grazing rights for a further 720 acres of the headland. We could not have wished for a better outcome after the farm was put on the market a month ago.

It is surprising what one sees on the Great Orme. On Sunday in the early evening I was sat outside the The Snowdon public house on Tudno Street when we noticed that there were two people up on Pen Dinas.

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You will have a job to spot them from the photo taken at the time. Anyway, this couple seemed to be moving about strangely.

We debated what they were up to and in the end decided that it was a photoshoot of some kind.

I only had my Sony RX1 with me,

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 which has a fixed 35mm lens, but I took the photo shown here, later I imported it into lightroom and zoomed in as much as possible. From the lower heavilly cropped version you can see the male person to the left of the photo leaning back against the rock wall and the female standing on the edge of the cliff; naked!

In twenty seven years of living on the slopes of the Great Orme and looking up at Pen Dinas most days, this was a first.

What it does do though, is show how good a camera the Sony RX1 is. To be able to discern the couple at that distance is quiet amazing.


25th May

On Saturday, Llandudno had its annual airshow. This year the weather smiled on us and apart from starting off cloudy the weather was perfect by the time the Red Arrows appeared.

I have uploaded a new gallery with a selection of my photographs from the event here.

Cambrian Photography are running a competition for aviation photographs taken during the air show. I have kept one photo back from those shown on this web as I am thinking of entering. But, judging by the numbers of people with cameras around during the show it will prove to be a very popular event and I don’t hold out much hope. Anyway, once the winner has been announced I will upload my effort to the web site, along with a discussion as to why I picked that particular photo to submit.

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Whilst walking along the prom in between the aerial acrobatics. I took the above picture when the guy who had the owl on his shoulder very kindly stopped when I pointed my lens at him. Thank you, who ever you are.

Then on Sunday, very early, I attended a long exposure workshop run by Paul Sanders in the area around the pier at Llandudno. I have long wanted to start using filters in my photography, and in fact Ali bought me a set out to South Africa for our holiday. Being totally inexperienced in their use though, the results left a lot to be desired. We all got very wet to start with, but then the weather cleared and the final couple of hours was really useful in filling in my knowledge gaps.

Although Paul will disagree, he doesn’t like clutter in the foreground, I think the two photographs are fine and I quite like the look.


16th May

Well folks. Almost 200 photographs from our recent holiday in South Africa have now been uploaded to this site.

Birds here onwards.

Mammals here onwards.

Plants here onwards.

Reptiles & Insects from here onwards.

Then there is a gallery showing general views and photos of myself and Ali at different locations here.

And finally, any update would not be complete without an addition to the PnP’s gallery. This update includes two photos taken since we have returned. The linked photo shows me at a bar near the most southerly point of the Africal coast ‘Cape Lagulhas’. The beer was brewed locally and was excellent.

At this time I have not added any captions to the bottom of the photographs, but will over time caption each photograph. In particular the views need captioning to let you knpw the location at which they were taken.

Since returning home I have been very busy in building myself a new office! We had an extra room in the extension at the rear or our home which like all these spare rooms got filled with the surpluses of everyday life. It is now well on the way to becoming my office, which will free up the spare bedroom I have been using and allow me to bring together all my camera gear and other things.


8th April

Yesterday, the sun was shining and being Ali’s birthday we decided to make the most of the nice weather and visit Bodnant Gardens. At the end of March they had opened ‘The Far End’ (details here).

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It was stunning. Well worth a visit (or more). I certainly intend to visit on a regular basis. I have uploaded a few photographs here from yesterdays visit.

I know I still have to upload photographs from our South Africa trip, they are coming; promise! There are so many, and picking the best to showcase here on this site is proving a lot more difficult than I expected.


7th April

We are now back in the UK after our South African holiday and today is Ali’s birthday.

I have just about finished sorting out the photographs taken during the trip and will be uploading a selection over the coming days.

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One of our objectives was to visit Llandudno, the South African version of where we live. Llandudno, South Africa is quiet close to Cape Town and only has residential properties. It was spotlessly clean and the beach was pristine on the day we visited. A lovely location.


8th March

A lot has happened since my last update! I have been to Dar es Salaam to inspect two electrical panels, on the way back from there, intending to continue onwards to the Uk I was told that the contract was being cancelled until a later date when it might restart.

I am currently sat in a Guest House in Jo-Berg. Having no contract has meant I had no ticket to fly back to JO-Berg and then onwards to Cape Town, has had been planned, for a four week holiday instead of spending my rotation at home.

The Sunrock Guest House in Kempton Park is very good and I can recommend it to anyone planning on staying in Jo-Burg for whatever reason. It is close to the airport and the staff are very friendly and obliging.

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While resting, I have managed to photograph a good selection of the bird life which can be found within the birds gallery, but the star of the show, to my mind anyway, was this Grey Go-away Bird.. I only managed to get this one shot, as when I tried to relocate to a better position I could not find it again.

Prior to leaving work to travel to Tanzania I was invited out for a Sunday drive, I did not manage to take many shots and the drive was curtailed anyway due to a wet slippery washed out road, but some photos can be found here of the road and Palma  on the way back to camp.

A few shots from Dar Es Salaam can be found here which are followed by a couple of shots from Sunrock Guest House.

Tomorrow I leave Johannesberg to fly to Cape Town and the proper start to the holiday. I hope I will have the time to update the site at least once or twice during the trip, but if not then when I return to the UK on  2nd April I will get it done as soon as I can.


11th February

I’ve been back here nearly a week now! It looks as if I will have to go to Dar es Salaam again prior to returning home, but I am not sure of the dates yet. I might have to go immediatley before my homewards flight.

Sunday morning myself and a colleague; Daniel, were out of the camp at 5am on our way to visit the Depot. As we were out and about we were in bird spotting frame of mind and irt turned out to be one of our better excursions. The photographs of the birds can be found here at the end of the birds gallery.

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While we were out we also spotted a Jackal who hung around long enough for me to get this photo.

In this area on the way back towards camp we also ran into some local men off on a hunt. One of them wanted his photo taken, and the resultant pictures (only two) can be seen from here onwards.

All in all we had a productive time and got back to camp in time to start work. Yes, we do work on a Sunday, although generally speaking things are that little bit quieter.


2nd February 

A final update before I leave.

I have had a really good break and although the weather hasn’t been the best, there have still been nice days to get out taking some photos, like yesterday.

I spent about two hours meandering through Happy Valley and stopping often to allow the birds to come to me. Ali does not like going out walking with me and my camera as it takes so long to just do a short distance.

The bird photographs can be viewed from here onwards.

And finally after my walk yesterday, refreshment was called for! Whilst partaking in a pint I was explaining to a friend in the Snowdon how the 'Quiet Continious' mode on the camera was so much better for taking bird photos. To demonstratwe this I took a series of shots of the barmaid, Inga, in the Snowdon.

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30th January 

Another cold, but nice day in Llandudno! I had to go out earlier to get some South African Rand as I am due to  leave for Mozambique again on Tuesday. On the way back I had a stroll along the prom, the light was just right with a nice yellow sheen and it really made the trees look special.

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I have uploaded some photographs to a new Llandudno gallery here which includes three of the Mad Hatter sculpture, and of course this will be etended as and when I have suitable pictures to include.

These are the first uploaded photographs taken with my new Nikon D810 and I am very impressed. The camera is much faster and the new 'Quiet Continious' mode should really be handy when I am back at work and trying to photograph skittish birds and things.

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Finally I went out for lunch with a group of friends on Wednesday as we try to do whenever we are available. The photograph below was taken with the Fujifilm X100T which has now replaced my Sony RX1.

I like the feel of the Fuji and the results speak for themselves. Being so small and silent it is more discrete than the Nikon D810.


22nd January 

Bright sunny day here at the moment so I might go for a walk prior to continuing with the blog from yesterday. 

Haulfre Gardens was really nice in the sun, although it was very cold and there wasn’t much to take photos of apart from some Blue Tits at a nesting box. Is it that time already, or are they earlier than usual?

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The camp in Mozambique is improving all the time with a lot more greenery now than in the past. This seems to be attracting a greater number of birds every trip, which is very good from a photography standpoint. On the last trip I went out one evening with a couple of photography friends, initially to try and get some star scapes, but there was too much cloud. I did try my hand at long exposure and light painting though and this example was the best for the night.

This technique is certainly something that I would like to try more of. Until I get more experience though it is very hit and miss.

I also need somebody willing to come with me as it is not advisable to be out on ones own at night .

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The best place to be after dark is at the bar or in bed asleep. As I have mentioned in a previous blog, our bar, which is technically outside the fence, opens from 5 to 6  every night.

Christmas day though, it opened a bit earlier and having the new Fujifilm camera with me I managed to get this shot of David Waters with his christmas hat on.

Daniel, who will be buying my D800, apart from being the barman, is also one of the camp snake catchers, a photo of an eastern egg eating snake can be seen here. The snakes that venture onto the camp are released unharmed out in the wilderness a little way past the fence.

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The only birdie photograph of note from my last trip is one of a pair of Crowned Hornbills which can be seen here.

Anadarko, who I work for, have an annual HSE Calendar photography competition. This year there were over 600 photos submitted and I am chuffed to say that my woodpecker photo was one of the 24 chosen for inclusion. 

I mentioned yesterday that I have now added a family album to this website. I had resisted the temptation to do this in the past, but on my last trip to Switzerland I could see that my grandchildren were growing up fast and I decided that a couple of photos should be included here.

The picture of Sarae wearing her grandads hat is brilliant, she looks so proud! I could not of course leave out Shaye who is a totally different character to his sister and was concentrating very hard on building a wind up clock when this photo was taken. I do not intend to upload hundreds of photos of my grandchildren, but as and when a particular photograph catches my eye then I will upload it.


21st January

Christmas and the New Year celebrtations have been and gone, I’ve done a full rotation in Mozambique and yet it’s only now that I have got around to updating the web site. Thank you to all those who have visited the site and noticed I have been slacking, it is nice to know that I have a small following here.

I have created some new photograph albums with this update:-  Mozambique 2015, Africa  and a family album which will just have a few photographs of myself, Ali, my daugher and grandchildren in Switzerland.

I have also added photographs to the Great Orme, North Wales Lakes and the Birds albums.

This past trip to Mozambique was memorable as I was also sent to Tanzania to inspect an electrical panel we require for the camp. A few photographs can be found here in the new Africa album. I did not have too much free time while in Dar es Salaam, as of course, I was working. But I did manage to get out for a short walk on the Monday I was leaving. It was very hot and humid and after an hour I was glad to get back to the hotel and have a shower before going to the airport for my return flight.

There has been a change in the days we leave Mozambique due to logistic reasons and I now leave the camp on a Wednesday instead of Friday as previously. For this return trip, it meant I had a couple of nights stay-over in Jo-Burg as my ticket was already purchased and it was cheaper for me to stay there rather than change it for me to come home early.

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Anyway, I was not alone, so myself and John Hughes met up with another collegue in Jo-Burg by the Nelson Mandela statue. We were taken to Carnivores, thank you to Brad for the lift in his Jeep and general discussion on Jo-Burg. Carnivores is, as its name suggests, a meat eaters restaurant, it is located just outside Jo-Burg. The picture below is of me on a seat in the entrance to the restaurant.

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The table is laid out with a rotating salad and dressings/pickles platter in the middle and the staff bring a continious supply of barbequed meats which the carve off long swords with what appear to be very sharp knives. I certainly enjoyed my lunch, and the conversation that afternoon.

Thank you again Bradley.

Prior to leaving site I was in discussion with another collegue, Daniel who is also into photography and is very knowlefgable on the birds and animals of southern Africa.

I mentioned that I was thinking of upgrading my Nikon D800 to the recently released D810. Anyway to cut a long story short, Daniel is going to buy my D800 from me, this will upgrade him from a DX camera format to full frame FX. I have now purchased the D810 and am very pleased. The D800 is still relativley new, having only had shutter operations 20,600 times. it is rated at in excess of 300,000 operations by Nikon, so there is plenty of life left in it yet.

To be continued tomorrow. Hopefully.

© Tony Davies 2016