Looking across the Bristol Channel from Porthcawl

Towards the end of the summer holidays, Helen, Izzy and I briefly visited Wales. We stayed at Porthcawl and I was mesmerised by the landscape. If I hadn’t been flying solo with the kids, I could happily have spent a day or two shooting pictures.

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Looking across the Bristol Channel from Porthcawl. I wasn’t entirely sold on this image until Photoshop gave me a little hand.

The image above is one I took during our brief stay. It was taken just before sunset as we strolled along the coastal path where Porthcawl meets the Bristol Channel.

I usually stick away from taking landscape images like this. I generally find someone has already taken much better picture and that it’s available to buy as a postcard!

I wasn’t sold on this image until I started playing with it in Photoshop. Not to put too finer a point on it, I recently updated Photoshop and discovered a new function called dehaze. I tried it out and it softened the clouds and highlighted those wonderful rays of sunlight coming from. It improved the image hugely and so I thought I would post it on the blog.

We thoroughly enjoyed out short stay in Porthcawl, a town that ism, bizarrely, famous for holding an annual Elvis Presley convention! I have no doubt Helen and Izzy will insist on returning next year.

Are you familiar with the landscape of Wales? Have you ever been on a photographic adventure there? If so, where do you think the best photographic opportunities can be found? I’d love to get some suggestions as I’m ashamed to say I don’t know Wales particularly well.

 

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26 Comments

  1. October 14, 2018 / 5:42 am

    That is a lovely photo. My husband always says I shouldn’t waste time taking landscape photos precisely because of the reason you gave – I could buy a postcard with a much better picture on it!

    • John Adams
      Author
      October 15, 2018 / 8:40 am

      It’s rare for me for try landscape shots Sarah. Sometimes other people have just done better than me. Well, actually, most of the time! Anyway, with a bit of editing I am pleased this one came out the way it did.

  2. October 14, 2018 / 6:11 am

    Dehaze is rather good, isn’t it? I think landscape are rather tricky but always a pleasure to look at – yours included John. This is beautiful.

    • John Adams
      Author
      October 15, 2018 / 8:39 am

      Very kind of you Victoria. i won’t pretend the image is perfect but I do like the dehaze effect.

  3. October 14, 2018 / 6:18 am

    What a beautiful sight. I love what you’ve done to it. You might remember we went to Wales this year. I could have stopped to take a photo approximately every 30 seconds. So beautiful. Follow visitwales on insta, some amazing shots on there.

    • John Adams
      Author
      October 15, 2018 / 8:38 am

      Ooo, now there’s an idea. I will go and follow VisitWales. Very glad you liked the photo Tara.

    • John Adams
      Author
      October 15, 2018 / 8:38 am

      Makes two of us who need to explore Wales more! I came back a massive Super Fury Animals fan.

  4. October 14, 2018 / 7:17 am

    You brought that photo to life, the dehaze slider is very handy when used correctly.

    Thank you for linking up to #MySundayPhoto

    • John Adams
      Author
      October 15, 2018 / 8:37 am

      The dehaze function certainly worked wonders on the pic. Thanks for hosting #mysundayphoto

  5. October 14, 2018 / 7:56 am

    That is such a lovely photo and it looks like a great place to visit (especially for Elvis fans! He still lives on.) I haven’t been to Wales in a such a long time, it was a toss up between Tenby or Cornwall for our holiday next year but we finally decided on Cornwall.
    #mysundayphoto

    • John Adams
      Author
      October 15, 2018 / 8:36 am

      Well, Cornwall isn’t *that* far away and it definitely has some great scenery as well. Thanks for your kind words.

  6. October 14, 2018 / 8:00 am

    Debase definitely worked iit’s magic on those clouds. Wales is a pretty scenic place. So much to explore. We’ve only really explore North Wales. Would love to see more of Pembrokeshire.

    • John Adams
      Author
      October 15, 2018 / 8:35 am

      Ooo, North Wales. Never been to North Wales. in fact this was the furthest I’d been there. Thanks for the recommendations.

  7. October 14, 2018 / 8:39 am

    Hi John, it’s a shame that holiday kennels aren’t available for children so we can wander off to take photos. Maybe a business opportunity for the taking? I think it would be popular… I love the contrasts in the photos. The dramatic clouds with the bright sun bursting through. Your photo feels like the end of the day.

    #MySundayPhoto

    xx

    • John Adams
      Author
      October 15, 2018 / 8:35 am

      It was just before sunset when I took that. As for holiday kennels. it would be one of those things wouldn’t it? your kids would make a huge fuss about being put in them, but wouldn’t want to come home afterwards!

  8. October 14, 2018 / 9:48 am

    What a beautiful shot. Like the sky is opening up and the angels are taking a peek at the sea. Love it! 📸 #mysundayphoto

    • John Adams
      Author
      October 15, 2018 / 8:34 am

      I love your description. Yes, I guess it is a bit like the sky opening up for angels.

  9. October 14, 2018 / 9:49 am

    Lovely photo!

  10. October 14, 2018 / 10:18 am

    I love the shot. It makes it feel so warm (especially on today’s miserable sopping day

    • John Adams
      Author
      October 15, 2018 / 8:33 am

      As it happens Emma, it was a very warm evening when I took that pic. yes, miserable day here too!

  11. October 14, 2018 / 3:09 pm

    What a beautiful scene. It looks like it sound be on a canvas x

    • John Adams
      Author
      October 15, 2018 / 8:32 am

      Very kind of you. if I could tone down the sun a bit maybe I would put it on a canvass.

  12. October 14, 2018 / 4:32 pm

    I am not familiar but it sounds dreamy and I could use that right about now. The kids are very lucky traveling with you. It turned out great and I know what you mean but sometimes it’s too tempting to take that photo, after all there’s a reason people take those shots. It’s cool how you got that wide strip of reflection but can’t see much of the sun.

    • John Adams
      Author
      October 15, 2018 / 8:32 am

      Wales is very photogenic. Think of New England as a comparison. Likewise, i think I was lucky to travel with my kids. Moments like that are precious.

  13. October 20, 2018 / 9:24 pm

    Lovely seascape John.

    I spent many a happy holiday and school trip in Wales.

    My preference would be on some of the Mountain Ranges.

    Snowdonia or The Brecon Beacons for landscapes.

    Then of course there is a plethora of Castles.

    You should certainly visit for logger with your camera and drone.

    #mysundayphoto