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A visit to the seaside resort of Santanyi, on the south eastern corner of Mallorca, wouldn't be complete without a photographic expedition to the iconic sea arch.
But it was a lot harder to find than I imagined.
Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Santanyi Sea Arch, Mallorca #1 photo page to read more.
One of the more pleasant suprises Liz and I enjoyed during our ten day break on the Mediterranean island of Mallorca was a visit to the seaside resort of Santanyi.
I was expecting a crass, over developed tourist trap, but what we found was something else entirely.
A lovely end to a lovely day spent in the Snowdonia National Park, filmed from the end of Llyn Padarn by Llanberis.
As well as watching entranced as the light faded from the landscape, I had an additional treat in the form of a chat with local photographer Kris Williams who happened by as I was shooting.
Find out more by clicking on the link or thumbnail to go to the Llyn Padarn Timelapse #3 page to watch the videos and read more about Kris's work.
Here's two images from different seaside towns on Mallorca, both having something in common.
What they have in common is the amount of stuff I had to exclude from the compositions in order to bring coherent meaning to the final images.
Less definitely is more in these cases.
Wow! Just got back from an amazing two weeks in the Rocky Mountains, hence the pause in posting new images here at goHOWiE.com.
And this highlights a problem, in that I'm generating new materials, images, videos and such, much faster than I'm able to process the files, and very much faster than I'm able to place images, plus a little write up, on line.
In fact, I reckon I'm now about nine months behind overall, so those Rocky Mountain pictures may appear next summer sometime!
In the meantime, I'm busy finishing off my chosen images from our trip to Mallorca, and here are three from the seaside resort of Sant Elm, on the south western tip of the island.
sa Colabra, on the west coast of the Mediterranean island of Mallorca, has been pretty much built as a tourist trap, and, for me, lacks any charm or atmosphere.
So why did Liz and I go back there twice?
Well one thing this pace has got in spades is geology, specifically karst limestone which has been eroded into fantastic shapes and textures by the passage of water through the rock.
So here's three examples of what makes sa Colabra so appealing to us - the limestone.
You need nerves of steel to get there, driving down the narrowest, windiest road I've ever come across, but the lovely Port de Valldemossa is well worth a few clenched buttock moments to get to.
Liz and I really enjoyed the afternoon we spent there, but we only made the one visit!
Here's two more time lapse videos from beautiful North Wales, this time featuring the transition from day to night, and night to day.
But I got a little more than i bargained for in one of them.
I'm taking a little break from photos of the endless sunny skies of Mallorca in order to present some good old North Wales weather in the form of these two time lapse video sequences showing different types of clouds.
It's nice to go away on holiday where it's warm and sunny all the time, but it's even nicer to back home to the unpredictability of our weather systems.
At least you don't get bored!
Three more images from Liz's and my favourite spot on the Mediterranean island of Mallorca, Port de Soller.
If anyone asks me for a recommendation for the nicest place to stay or visit on the Mediterranean island of Mallorca, I would tell them 'Port de Soller'.
Port de Soller rapidly became Liz's and my go to location during our last stay on the island, so naturally, I have plaenty of photos of this lovely place, of which I'll share the best here at goHOWiE.com.
Today's two images from Liz's and my holiday in Mallorca were both taken from the side of the MA-10 road that runs down the west coast of the island.
One view I found slightly disappointing, the other, not so.
No matter where I go, if there's a coastline then I'll look for lighthouses.
So I was very pleased to find these two lovely specimens during Liz's and my holiday on the lovely Mediterranean island of Mallorca.
These three images are a study in colour, with emerald green seas, deep blue skies and, in one instance, a vivid red flag.
Colours that are typical of a hot afternoon on a Mallorcan beach, but where were the people?
You can also see a video of the waves at Cala Molins, just click on the link and then hit your browser's 'BACK' button to return.
With a beach disco to the left, and high rise apartments to the right, Liz and I didn't spend long at Cala Aguila on the Mediterranean island of Mallorca.
Just long enough to find and photograph the lovely eroded limestone headland, sandwiched between the other 'attractions'.
To see a larger version of this image, and to read more about it, click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Rocks, Mallorca #1 photo page.
I found this delightfully shaped tree perched on the side of a cliff at the Mirador de ses Animes on the west coast of Mallorca
Of course - I couldn't resist photographing it!
To see a larger version of this image, and to read more about it, click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Twisted Tree, Mallorca #1 photo page.
Another pair of images from our last visit to the Mediterranean island of Mallorca, this time showing the Torre del Verger watchtower at the Mirador de ses Animes on the west coast of the island.
Both photos were taken under similar lighting conditions, but the colour image has a lot more of a holiday feel to it compared with the more dramatic monochrome version.
It's amazing how you can affect the mood of an image through colour, or the lack thereof.
Here's one of those 'spot the difference' puzzles.
These two stitched panoramic images, showing a view over the lovely Port de Soller on the Balearic island of Mallorca, are pretty much identical in composition, but very different in lighting, with one image taken in the mid-afternoon with relatively clear skies and one at sunset with a heavy bank of cloud rolling across the frame.
Each is a decent image in its own right, but the mood between the two is completely different, caused solely by the difference in lighting.
My wife Liz and I have been off on our travels again.
This time we've paid a second visit to the Balleric island of Mallorca in the Mediterranean sea, to spend more time exploring the wilder places on the mostly beautiful place.
Today's photo is a panoramic stitch showing the view over the Bay of Pollenca, as seen from the south facing coast of the Formentor peninsula on a warm sunny afternoon.
It cheers me up just to look at it on this chilly, windy and damp day in North Wales!
Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Formentor Panorama #1 photo page to read more and see a larger version of this image.
I think that I shall never see. A poem as lovely as a tree.
I certainly share that sentiment, especially when we're talking about the battered, weatherbeaten trees of Snowdonia, North Wales, that cling to life in what seem impossible conditions.
This lovely example is to be found on a hiking trail between Capel Curig and Llyn Ogwen, and was well worth stopping to admire and photograph.
To see a larger version of this image, and to read more about it, click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Tree #14 photo page.
The Gladstone Library in Hawarden, North Wales is an architectural gem that I knew nothing about, even though it's only a few miles away from where I live.
Sometimes the most photogenic of locations can be right on your doorstep.
To see a larger version of this image, and to read more about it, click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Gladstone Library #1 photo page.
A rare clear sky at dusk on the North Wales coast allowed me to capture this simple time lapse sequence showing the new crescent moon setting behind the hills of Penmaenmawr as seen from the side of the Conwy estuary at Deganwy.
Click on the link or thumbnail to got to the Moonset Timelapse #5 page to watch the video and read a bit read about it.
Following on from yesterday's time lapse video of the milky way over Llanddwyn Island on Anglesey, today I'm showing one of the stills from that video as a separate image.
Because I always shoot in the RAW format, which is 14bit from my Canon 6D, I've usually got plenty of data available to play with.
So I made the most of that ability to further enhance this individual exposure in Adobe Lightroom, improving colours and contrast over what I could achieve when processing the 2168 files used to make the video.
I really like the final result, so I'm now on the lookout for more North Wales beauty spots to film the milky way against.
Any ideas? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your suggestions!
To see a larger version of this image, and to read more about it, click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Milky Way #1 photo page.
Some time lapse video shooting opportunities just fall into your lap unexpectedly, while others are the result of weeks of planning.
This 'dusk to dawn' sequence, filmed on Llanddwyn Island on the Southwest tip of Anglesey, was one of the latter.
Click on the link or thumbnail to got to the Dusk to Dawn Timelapse #2 page to watch the video and read more about the planning that went into it.
Killaloe, on the banks of the river Shannon in County Clare, is one of those place in which you know there's a decent photo to be made, but you just can't seem to find it.
in the end, I found a panorama to be the best way of showing this lovely Irish town.
To read more, click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Killaloe Panorama #1 photo page.
Liz and I have made many excursions around Loop Head in County Clare on the west coast of Ireland, but it seems there's always something new to see.
This time our exploring took us to the Bridges of Ross, a new location for us but one that no doubt we'll be visitng again.
To read more, click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Bridges of Ross #1 photo page.
A short interlude from the selection of images from the west coast of Ireland today, to allow me to show you a photo I took two nights ago during a meteor watch on Llanddwyn Island, Anglesey.
The meteor in question was part of the Perseid meteor shower that occurs around this time every year, and you can more about my night time adventure by clicking on the link or thumbnail to go to the Perseid Meteor #1 photo page.
One of the many things my wife Liz and I love about the west of Ireland is the way that so much history is just left lying about, waiting for us to discover and enjoy.
The first time was saw Bishop's Island, just off Loop Head on the Atlantic coast, our common thought was 'who on earth would have been crazy enough to live on that lump of storm-wracked rock?!
Well, I've finally found out.
To read more, click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Bishop's Island #1 photo page.
Just a short way along the west coast of Ireland from Kilkee, featured over the last two entries (see below) is the Loop Head peninsula which juts out into the Atlantic ocean and attracts some pretty wild weather.
Even on a nice, sunny day the onshore breeze can make taking photos here somewhat interesting.
Two more images from Liz and my latest visit to Kilkee, in County Clare on the west coast of Ireland.
Part of the seafront that had just been restored following the winter storm damage from 2012-2013.
Liz and I visit the west coast of Ireland quite often, as we have family over there.
One of our favourite places to spend a few hours is the lovely, unspoilt Loop Head peninsula in County Clare, at the entrance to which stands the small seaside town of Kilkee.
These two photos of the seashore at Kilkee were taken on an all too rare sunny afternoon, and although they're a bit postcard-like, I like them for their novelty value as cloud and rain are more the norm here.
This photo, of colourful stones and blurred waves on the beach at Church Bay, Anglesey, was a result of looking down rather than straight ahead.
Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Stones #6 photo page to read more.
This weekend just past was a real treat for those interested in weather.
On Friday we had the display of lenticular clouds over the North Wales coast, as shown in yesterday's video, and then on the Sunday evening we had this spectacular showing of storm clouds, including the impressive mammatus, heading out over the Irish Sea from Colwyn Bay.
To read more, and watch today's video, click on the link or thumbnail to got to the Clouds Timelapse #10 page.
Well, so far this UK summer has been a bit of a wash out - if you're a sunbather that is.
But for folks like me who appreciate a bit of drama in the skies then there's been nothing to complain about, with scenes like these spectacular lenticular clouds over the North Wales coast to enjoy.
Bad weather - bring it on!
To read more, and watch the video, click on the link or thumbnail to got to the Clouds Timelapse #9 page.
Another contre-jour image toady at goHOWiE.com, again, photographed at the West Kirby Marine Lake.
This is definitely one of those pictures where less is more.
Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Yacht #9 photo page to read more.