There are times when you go out and everything is just right. The weather, the location and the company you are in all meld into the perfect storm for taking images. Swansea is always a fantastic place to take photographs, but sadly I don’t visit the area enough, so this visit was very special as I had really been wanting to come back to the area for a long time!
Swansea is the second city of Wales, and has some stunning areas to visit. Its centre is starting to look a little run-down, but they are re-developing the city, and areas such as the golden bridge which is featured in these images are transforming the city.
The day was also an excuse to use my two new lenses. The Viltrox 13mm F/1.4 and the 56mm F/1.4 have been on my radar for a while, and this visit was a real experience. I fell in love with one of these lenses from the very moment I raised the viewfinder to my eye and seen the Marina looking so spectacular.
This is the second time I have edited some of these images, I decided on my own Classic Chrome inspired colour scheme which I have developed in Darktable. I’m editing raw files more than I have done for a long time, I thought if I’m editing the jpegs anyway, I may as well get the extra benefits of raw images.
I am really happy with the images I took, so much variation and so much beauty all within a relatively small area of the city. I was going to separate the images into architecture, people and marina photographs, but I thought the way the are laid out takes you through the journey we took.
The Viltrox 13mm F/1.4 is absolutely stunning! I really like wide angle lenses, and I can see why this lens has been having such great reviews. The 56mm F/1.4 is a very different beast of a lens. I love the bokeh you get in the images from it. All the relevant EXIF data is in the images if you cannot spot which lens is which.
I would like to thank AVMPhoto for these lenses. Drop them a line and tell them Mark sent you! I get nothing from it, but you might!
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