Now and again you stumble across somewhere that is special. This weekend, my wife and I found that special somewhere. Located in the Brecon Beacons, just East of the town of Brecon on the way to Abergavenny in Mid Wales, UK, is a wonderful village called Talybont-on-Usk. It is only a small town, but it is blessed with lovely people, a friendly village shop, great atmospheric pubs and plenty of places to eat. For a small place it is quite incredible. We stayed at The Malt House, booking bed and breakfast, although there is also a self-catering accommodation cottage. We arrived early evening, having travelled up from Cardiff, where I was working on a photoshoot at a hospitality event organised by Legends Hospitality with the wonderful Phil Bennett, and immediately wandered across to the White Hart Inn to watch the final game of the 2014 Six Nations where Ireland was playing France. Whilst drinking a few pints of the wonderful Rev James ale, cold white wine and eating some hearty food, we watched Ireland beat the French and secure the title in a nail-biting finish to the season. The next day, we got up early and walked along the nearby canal, before having a freshly cooked full English breakfast whilst chatting to some lovely people. What more can you ask for? This photo of the back of The Malt House and a small part of their gardens was taken in the morning before breakfast, with the sun shining and the daffodils in full bloom. The perfect Welsh retreat. Some more photographs can be seen on my website along with a link to the website of The Malt House.
The alarm clock had burst into life at 6:30am and I had dragged myself out of bed. Without really opening my eyes, I made my way downstairs to the kitchen, only pausing to turn off the house alarm and open the front door to let in Jessie, our cat. Into the kitchen I trudged and I found myself looking through the window at a beautiful sunrise. My eyes were now wide open and I watched as the sky slowly changed colour as the sun rose up from behind the mountains in the distance. My camera was still in my bag after last night’s photoshoot of a band and so I grabbed it, changed the lens to my 70-200mm zoom, opened the window and took some shots. Now I was awake. Taken in Church Village, South Wales, UK.
More photos of sunsets and sunrises can be seen on – http://paulfearsphoto.co.uk/index.php?cat=photographs&id=16&album=Sun-Setting-and-Rising
I was asked to take some photographs for Ty Hafan, the young person’s hospice in South Wales, UK, that they could then use to promote a forthcoming charity football match (23rd March at Jenner Park, Barry). I took the obligatory team photos, but I wanted to try and get something different. I asked the eight guys to jog towards me and the youngest decided to kick the ball. It whizzed just past my ear, but I managed to get just the type of unusual shot that I was looking for.
There are more photographs on my website – http://paulfearsphoto.co.uk/index.php?cat=photographs&id=15&album=Charities
On Thursday 27th February, I had the pleasure of being the official photographer at the South Wales Chamber of Commerce Awards for 2013 (http://www.southwaleschamber.co.uk/). The event was held at The Vale Resort in Hensol, South Wales, just outside Cardiff. I was working with Dischrocreative (http://www.dischrocreative.co.uk/) who were filming the unfolding events. I arrived early and the whole room looked fantastic. Graham Bell, just back from the Winter Olympics in Sochi, was presiding over matters and practicing on the stage. Lights danced around the room and I worried about my white balance. As the evening developed, I captured the guests in the drinks reception and then moved onto the main event, photographing the surprised and elated as they received their awards. The atmosphere was charged and exciting and I just hope that my photographs managed to capture just a little bit of that magic.
The full set of photographs can be seen on my website – http://paulfearsphoto.co.uk/index.php?cat=photographs&id=14&album=Business-Events
Happy St David’s Day! For today’s celebratory blog I have a photo of two iconic images of Wales – the daffodil with Caerphilly Castle in the background. For those who don’t know, St David is the patron Saint of Wales and on 1st March we celebrate his life. When I was in school, my mum would send me to school wearing a daffodil or even a leek, which would often be munched or used as a sword.
More photos of Caerphilly Castle can be found on my website – http://paulfearsphoto.co.uk/index.php?cat=photographs&id=16&album=Castles