This week saw me driving to Snowdonia National Park in North Wales. I’ve always loved it here and knew that having a drive around the park would inspire me. I decided to enter the park from the Anglesey side and make my way home down the A5, stopping when I could. Shortly after leaving Bethesda I saw a small weir on my right so pulled in at the first opportunity as water is my favourite subject. Upon grabbing my kit and leaving the car I saw the building (boathouse?) and tree and could not resist setting up a shot. Using my 10-18mm lens, I captured a series of images which would later be stitched in Photoshop. I experimented with using different strength filters and exposure times as I wanted to capture movement in the clouds but not too much in the tree which is always a challenge in windy conditions! After around 10 minutes I was very cold so decided to get back in the car and see what else I could find, although this subsequently ended up being nothing as the light had dipped too low behind the mountains. Once I was home, I stitched 6 images together in Photoshop to create the foreground and used a wider long exposure image to create an even sky and water surface. I used luminosity masks to achieve this along with the clone stamp. This was definitely one of my more edited shots as I never normally edit an image for longer than 5 minutes but I felt that to do the location justice, a more heavy processing technique was necessary. I chose this image to use as my entry into this weeks WPOTY competition due to the length of time I spent getting it perfect and am pleased to announce that it was shortlisted! This image has become my most popular on social media networks (especially #Instagram and #500px) in less than 24 hours!
Growing up in the Ribble Valley in Lancashire, England, I began to appreciate the beauty of the British countryside at a young age. I also often visited the coast with family for days out and holidays so have many fond memories of being besides the sea. These places are where I now feel inspired to create images, drawing from memories of summers past and how these locations have changed since.
After university, I relocated to Manchester and started a family. It was having my first child six years ago that ignited the passion for photography. Beginning with child portraits, I then expanded to landscapes and seascapes on days out. Shortly after the birth of my second child in 2013, I enrolled on an evening photography course, discovered a passion for long exposure monochrome images and have been building this body of work ever since. Determined not to let my limited mobility hold me back, I often research disability friendly places to visit on days when I feel able.
I have won multiple awards for my work and have also had my work featured in magazines, blogs and featured image galleries alongside some of the country’s best photographers. I would consider the highlights of my photography career so far to be achieving my LDPS Distinction and winning the ‘Best Image in the Advanced League’ award from The Disabled Photographer’s Society 2016 Exhibition in London.