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Painswick Rococo Gardens

Eagle house 360

To visit the Painswick Rococo Gardens website please click here

Trackday at Trac Mon

Clear skies and a drying track greeted the participants at the Track day at the Trac Mon circuit, Anglesey on the 4th February 2018.

My bonus for the day was a track session with Riccardo Losselli in a stunning Alfa 4C, a beautiful car driven by a real character. Many thanks Ricky 🙂

This page has images from the day which are freely available to anyone who wishes to keep a memory of the event or make a print. The on-line images are sized and optimised for use on social media (right click the image and select save image as..), if they are used I would ask that a credit be given.

If you would like a print file then please e-mail me at kevin@photosbykev.com quoting the number of the image(s) and I will send you the image files that you can print locally. No catch, no charge, just my way of supporting the track event. If you wish to give a small donation to support Help for Heroes then please use Mission Motorsport.

Norway deLights

A trip to Norway in January was the perfect way to start 2018. It was cold, it was covered in snow, it was very odd not to see the sun rise (or set) but the Aurora Borealis didn’t disappoint us.

We stayed in a beautiful location on the Malangen fjord and travelled out to Steinfjord, Tennes, Malselv and numerous other quaint locations including an excursion into Finland. The dancing lady was seen five nights out of seven and photographed on four of those nights.

Some thoughts on personal and camera equipment when the temperatures are below -10C:

Down and merino are your friend, a good down jacket and insulated over trousers make life very comfortable when you spend hours doing very little except looking upwards at the sky.

Merino base layers are also a must, if you want to retain your body heat.

On my feet I wore Sorel Caribou boots and Norwegian military socks, a great investment 🙂

A pair of ‘HotHands’ hand warmers in your jacket pockets are also a good idea to keep batteries and your hands warm.

I went to Norway fully prepared to use lens heaters to keep the lenses clear but even at below -10C the lenses didn’t mist up. I guess it was due to the very cold but dry atmosphere. I did have some modified socks that were wrapped around the lenses and I could of slipped a hand warmer into them but they weren’t needed.

Cameras used included Canon 5D4 and 5D3 bodies with Canon and Samyang wide angle lenses and a Samsung Gear360 was used for the fun stuff but it isn’t suitable for aurora photography or video.

Race of Remembrance 2017

The 2017 Race of Remembrance event (#RoR2017) takes place over the weekend of the 10-12th November on the #Tracmon #Anglesey circuit and is hosted by Mission Motorsport

This page has images from the event which are freely available to anyone who wishes to keep a memory of the event or make a print. The on-line images are sized and optimised for use on social media (right click the image and select save image as..), if they are used I would ask that a credit be given.

There are many images (over 1000 !) from the Race of Remembrance weekend so grab a coffee, or three, and get comfy 🙂 #RoR2017.

If you would like a print file then please e-mail me at kevin@photosbykev.com quoting the number of the image(s) and I will send you the image files that you can print locally. No catch, no charge, just my way of supporting the event. If you wish to give a small donation to support Help for Heroes then please use Mission Motorsport.


Friday 10th – practise sessions (440 images)


Saturday 11th – morning qualifying sessions (249 images)


Saturday 11th – Super cars (216 images)


Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th – The Endurance race (168 images)

Drift Matsuri 2017

The 2017 Drift Matsuri event (#Driftmatsuri2017) took place over the weekend of the 28-29th October on the #Tracmon #Anglesey circuit. All of these images were taken on Sunday the 29th.

This page has images from the event which are freely available to anyone who wishes to keep a memory of the event or make a print. The on-line images are sized and optimised for use on social media (right click the image and select save image as..), if they are used I would ask that a credit be given.

There will be over 340 images so grab a coffee and get comfy 🙂 #Driftmatsuri2017 #Driftmatsuri.

If you would like a print file then please e-mail me at kevin@photosbykev.com quoting the number of the image(s) and I will send you the image files that you can print locally. No catch, no charge, just my way of supporting the event but if you wish to donate something to the Wales Air Ambulance then please feel free to do so.

Pistyll Rhaeadr Waterfall

At 240ft Pistyll Rhaeadr waterfall is the highest waterfall in England or Wales.

Referred to as “The Hidden Pearl of Wales” this waterfall provides a magnificent backdrop to one of the most beautiful and serene valleys I’ve had the pleasure of photographing.

Full of surprises with a wide variety of wildlife and birds that can be seen from the comfort of the friendly restaurant/tearoom conveniently found at the bottom of the Pistyll Rhaeadr waterfall.

The folklore and legends of the Pistyll Rhaeadr waterfall can be read on the main website located here.

 

Parys Mountain VR Tour

The Parys mountain on Anglesey contains the Mona and Parys copper mines. The copper was first extracted in the Bronze age to make crude but effective tools. Over the centuries the mines have been worked until the 1900’s.

A detailed history of the mine workings can be found on the Parys Underground Group website and visitors to the island can see some of the history and artifacts at the Copper Kingdom centre run by the Amlwch Industrial Heritage Trust in the Amlwch port.

The virtual tour has been created using a Canon 5D3 camera and Samyang 14mm lens mounted on a panoramic head. Each panorama contains 17 HDR images created from 51 raw exposures taken @ -2, 0 and +2 stops and stitched in Autopano Giga software. The underground panoramas were lit with a single Canon 600RT flashgun.

Hint: if you want to go straight to the underground tours look at your feet on the VR tour above

Perseid meteors

A selection of Perseid meteors captured mainly on Anglesey using DSLR cameras and a mixture of stills and timelapse.

It is worth remembering that photographing meteors is not the same as photographing the stars, different techniques are required. Stars are effectively stationary for the duration of an exposure whereas meteors will move through the field of view of your lens in a second or so. Meteors maybe bright but they are also very very quick so the time each photosite in your camera sensor has to grab photons is very short so you have to maximise the light gathering with iso and aperture. The shutter speed is almost irrelevant other than to set the ambient exposure level.

So:

  • for star field photography the priority order is shutter, remembering the 500 rule to avoid star trails, aperture and finally iso to set the ambient light level to avoid clipping the black level.
  • for meteor photography the priority order is aperture wide open and use a fast lens, iso, as high as possible and finally shutter to set the ambient light level.

I always try to expose to the right of the histogram and use iso6400, the noise this iso level creates can be handled in post processing if you avoid underexposure.