Spotlight: Photography with Poems by Ann Tudball

Photography is great, and sometimes words and images can sit nicely together. After seeing one of my images that I put up recently my friend Ann Tudball contacted me about sharing some of her poems with one of my photos. Of course I was delighted to do this, and so we’ve put together this guy you.

We have two images, “Winter” by myself, and “Summer” by Ann. The photographs along with the words of the poetry is a beautiful idea, and one I’ll hope you’ll enjoy.

Ann is a South Wales based photographer with a stunning website and also stunning Instagram pages. You’ll find more information about her, her photos and poems in the links at the bottom of this page.


This first poem is for the winter photograph:

Image by Mark G Adams

“Winter walks.”

Autumn is over, colours be no more.
Trees left bare and stark.
Winter arrives, the holly shines, the berries bright.
Wet leaves crunch beneath my feet.
The warmth of wool to aid the chill.
Little lights twinkle at every door, welcoming the festive season once more.
Low afternoon sunset warms my cold face.
Darkness will come and winter walks alone are no longer safe…


The second photos are for the summer photograph:

Image by Ann Tudball

“The Sunflower Field.”

I want to lie in the sunflower field
I want to feel fearless and free, just you and me
To smell the sweet scent of summer, just you and me
I want to count the passing clouds, just you and me
To hear the distance sound of silence, just you and me
I want to find the dreams we dream, just you and me
While I lie in the sunflower field, just you and me.

Image by Ann Tudball

I hope that you enjoyed something a little bit different with this blog entry. Photography and poetry are two things that I also love to do, and it would be great if you could leave feedback on this. I’m always looking for featured Spotlight photographers, so please contact me if you would like to appear here.

You can view Ann’s website and blog here.
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The Perfect Sunset (Aberavon Photo Shoot with the 23mm Viltrox lens)

I think it’s human nature to love sunsets, and here in Aberavon, Port Talbot, we get some of the best sunsets you will ever see! Thursday evening on September 3rd what started out as looking like a dull evening, with clouds coming in and a load of haze, turned out to be one of the most spectacular sunsets we had had for a very long time!

While the others in the group took their usual array of lenses, I decided to just take the trusty Viltrox 23mm F/1.4. There’s a number of reasons I wanted to use this, mainly because it’s a damn amazing lens! 35mm (which the Viltrox is in full frame terms) is the perfect focal length for everything, and during the evening I used the lens not just to capture the wonderful landscape and seascape, but also take portraits of the members that had joined me.

I shot the sunset in Classic Chrome, although todays photographs are edited raw files using the latest version of Photoshop. They have the Classic Chrome film simulation re-applied to them to keep the look I was after. Please click on the images to make them larger!

There were also a number of shots that I only used jpeg for, mainly of the people around me. Here is a little selection of those shots.

Hopefully from these photographs you can see just how versatile the 23mm (35mm) lens is for photography. It renders beautifully, and captures everything as needed. The last four images are totally unedited other than resized for this website.

If you like what you see, please like and comment and take a look around the rest of the website for more photographs!

— These photos were from a last minute meet that I arranged for what looked like a brilliant sunset. When we got there it was awful, but as you can see, things changed!

Three Cliffs Gower Photography Outing

It was a Tuesday, the weather was amazing and it was time to go out with the photography group to take photographs and explore the local area. Today we explored Three Cliffs Bay on the Gower Peninsula in Swansea. It’s a beautiful and scenic area, taking us through Pennard Burrows and passing the remains of Pennard Castle. We will explore taking photos from the castle another day, as today was all about keeping to sea level and capturing everything around us.

For this as well as my trusted Fujifilm X-T20, I made a slight change from my one camera one lens rule and I went along with my 15-45mm and 50-230mm, where I used the wider range lens on the initial journey, and swapped to the longer lens on the way back. It was a change doing it this way, but I really missed using just the 23mm and 85mm prime lenses that I have become so accustomed to.

Here are the images from today. They are mostly straight out of camera, some with just shadows being raised and just a couple with more artistic edits. I used Photoscape X Pro for today, as this is the least destructive to my jpegs and offers the most quick fixes if they were needed. As always, feel free to look at each photograph full screen, and all EXIF data is included in the photo gallery.

I just love the way the Fuji cameras render colours, and these were all shot in Classic Chrome, with no additional tweaks in camera, only for the couple mentioned in post-editing.

Very happy with the photographs from today, but the meets with Great Photography Walks NPT are enjoyable regardless of the results of the day. All images shot in jpeg and raw, with only jpegs used today. Future edits may look at the raw files.

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Aberavon Sunset After The Rain

I live almost on the beach, and I love photographing Aberavon Beach throughout the year. In August, it’s usually a bit special as the sun sets over Swansea and we get some nice light.

Thursday August 27th 2020 was really not that a special sunset, but I think I captured some nice light. Using the Fujifilm X-T20 and XF27mm F/2.8 lens only after an afternoon of street shooting, this versatile lens proves itself to be jack and master of all trades.

The images were shot in Classic Chrome and edited in Photoscape X Pro for some quick edits. I’m just experimenting with a few different styles and looks of my images, and hopefully these images look good to you.

Feel free to make the images full screen, all EXIF data is included.

I didn’t actually out for a sunset shoot, so I am quite happy with the results considering it wasn’t planned.

Aberavon Beach is situated in Port Talbot, Wales, and is one of Wale’s premier beaches. Throughout the year the beach holds sporting and social events, and it attracts visitors from around the World. It’s a beautiful place to live, and more importantly, an important place to photograph!

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