This weekend we had the pleasure of exploring with a family friend the wonders of South Wales. The Gower Peninsula is a great place to explore, especially with family!

Play acting for the camera!
Play acting for the camera!
On a fairly secluded cliff overlooking the sea, they find a spot just right for their family of two.
On a fairly secluded cliff overlooking the sea, they find a spot just right for their family of two.
My husband and our beloved pup. The family I live with and love.
My husband and our beloved pup. The family I live with and love.

I made a very amateurish, but beneficial, mistake with several of my shots on Sunday – the two above being prime examples. I had been taking pictures during the previous evening and had put my ISO at 800. I forgot to change it when we went out to explore for the day. Silly  me, I was fighting to get my shots dark enough, using high F stops and ever increasing shutter speeds. Part way through the day I had a face plant moment when I finally checked my ISO. In order to make these photos work, I increased the contrast slightly and lowered the exposure somewhat. That said, there is a light and colour quality, a purity even without exposure adjustments, that I find interesting and I will work with this.

We were at Oxwich Beach after lunch and I decided to work with black and white I love the feel of this shot of a family heading home after a day of fun.
We were at Oxwich Beach after lunch and I decided to work with black and white I love the feel of this shot of a family heading home after a day of fun.

I almost used that last for my challenge photo. I’m not sure what the determining factor was, except the feeling of nostalgia evoked by the photo I did choose. I’m really glad I changed medium a little this week and that I may have cottoned onto a technique I’d never thought of before.

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