Does Golf Really Spoil A Good Walk?

F33A4968-1 Earlier today I had the good fortune to spend a couple of hours with John Satherley of Pontypridd Golf Club. John was showing me around the course prior to a photoshoot that I hope to take over the weekend. Even though it was pretty overcast, there were quite a few players on the course and the fairways and greens looked perfect. Many years ago I played golf regularly, but nowadays I’m lucky if I play once a year and have never played the Pontypridd course. The course overlooks Pontypridd and the views are truly spectacular. Never mind the golf, just gazing out down the valley towards the Brecon Beacons is enough to take your breath away. On some of the holes you are literally striking the ball into the mouth of the valley. The photograph is taken on the 2nd tee, looking back over Pontypridd, but is by no means the most spectacular. As to the question in the title, I can only say that the golf simply enhances the experience.

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ReflectionsMorning had just broken and I had stopped in one of the laybys on the A470 heading north from Merthyr Tydfil to Brecon in South Wales.  The sky was clear and the air wonderfully still.  I was on my way to climb Pen-y-Fan, the highest peak in the Brecon Beacons, but my breath had been taken away by the mirror reflection of the mountains and trees on the glass like reservoirs. I took out my Canon 1000D and tried to capture the beautiful views.

I have this particular photograph mounted and framed on the wall in my house. I have also sold a few framed pictures at fairs around South Wales and have recently turned this into a greetings card.  The image always gets a great reaction and I think it is the tranquillity that people like.

Since taking this set of photographs, I have been back to the reservoirs on many occasions, but the water has never been as still.  The complete set of images can be seen on my website – and Reservoirs&sub_album=Reservoirs in the Brecon Beacons

Bluebells by the Window

It was lunchtime and time for a walk. I wandered down to the busy main road that runs through Church Village, near Pontypridd in South Wales, on my way to the bank. Just before my destination, I see the most amazing display of bluebells tucked away along the edge of a driveway. In stark contrast, the window of what appeared to be a garage was in desperate need of a lick of paint and the jars in the window appeared to have been there for some time. Who lived there and had they ever seen this gorgeous array of colour?  I doubted whether they had.  I cursed myself for not taking my Canon camera, got out my HTC One mobile and took a photo.Bluebells by the Window

5 45am at Caerphilly Castle

5:45am at Caerphilly Castle

It was April and despite the onset of Spring, the early morning was bitterly cold.  Tom and I had got up early to shoot some material for a promotional video for my business, Paul Fears Photography.  We wanted to video the sun rising behind the dramatic Caerphilly Castle, which is the largest of many fantastic fortresses in South Wales.  He was using my Canon 5D and so I was slumming it with my Canon 1000D.  As he filmed, I setup up the camera on a tripod and captured the unfolding dawn and rising of the sun from behind Caerphilly Castle.  The clouds played a big part in the composition, especially with the reflections of the sun.  The starburst was an added bonus.

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