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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Penllergare Valley Woods Photography with Fujifilm X-T3 and Viltrox 23mm lens.

It was a cold winter morning, and Penllergare Valley Woods was to be the subject of todays photo shoot. For this one I wanted to travel light, and only took my Fujifilm X-T3 and the Viltrox 23mm F/1.4 lens. My idea for the day was to simply take as many low shots as was possible, while trying to capture the cold, winter air and the feeling of discovery.

Timing was perfect, and for the first half of the morning, there was mist, frost and a general feeling of a cold, cold winter wind biting through our gloves. Of course, as it was Tuesday, it meant it was a Great Photography Walks South Wales outing that I had organised, and the day did not disappoint.

All photos were edited in Photoscape X Pro from their jpeg, but a bit differently to usual. I cropped, added a cinematic filter and that was that. No changes in exposure, shadows or highlights, just kept it as simple as I could. I also messed around with some double exposures, although these were left as was.

As I mentioned, I also tried a couple of double exposures, and these are the results straight from the camera.

It was a fantastic day. Using one camera and one lens, especially one focal length, really brings out the best in your photography. However, I must admit, I did cheat a bit and use my Huawei P30 Pro for a couple of shots that I wanted super wide angles or long exposures for. I see a mobile phone camera as an extension to your usual camera, and, at the end of the day, a camera is a camera in this day and age.

These were cropped to 6:4 and edited in Photoscape X Pro. Again, I was happy with the image out of camera, but just wanted a little something different, to show that the camera really doesn’t matter.

And there we have it. Penllergare Valley Woods is a stunning location based on the outskirts of Swansea, and within easy reach of the M4. If you travel through Swansea on the M4, you probably pass it without even knowing it is there! If you have liked what you see, please like, comment and subscribe. Thank you and I hope you enjoyed!

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Porthcawl Street Photography Meet

It was a Tuesday, so this meant is was a Great Photography Walks South Wales photography meet. Probably one of our last ones of this year as Christmas gets closer, and the likelihood of another lockdown looms ever closer. We headed over to Porthcawl, which is on the coast in Bridgend, South Wales, and we took plenty of images. I didn’t want to do the same old same, so tried capturing a few different things this week.

For this day out I decided on using my Fujifilm X-T3 along with the Viltrox 23mm F/1.8. I set my ISO to 160 (the base on the X-T3), set the film simulation to my base simulation which is Classic Chrome with some tweaks and set the camera to aperture priority mode. I knew that I ay have been flitting from the odd landscape shot, to people passing me, so this mode was perfect for every occasion.

All the images presented below were run through Photoscape X Pro first, where they were cropped and straightened as needed. Exposure was corrected on a couple, but no alteration was made to the colours of the image as I had set the colour I wanted before I left for the meet.

Here are the images from the day. I wanted to capture the place as it was, and made the most of the fantastic weather.

I’m really happy with the way the images turned out from this meet. They captured the place in a different way to the way I usually take photos at Porthcawl. I took around 200 photographs, and there were quite a few landscape/seascape shots from the beginning of the meet, but those types of shots are not quite doing it for me at the moment. This street photography is a much more real snapshot of life in 2020, something that no landscape composition can tell.

Every picture tells a story, and just having the one camera and one lens with one focal length is the easiest way to tell that story. No fussing of changing focal lengths, no missing shots because of settings, see what you want to capture and press the shutter button. Instantly tell the story, and enjoy reliving the day in the future when you look back on your images.

If you like what you see, feel free to like and comment. I really appreciate the comments, they make me want to continue my photography journey. And don’t forget to subscribe, so you get an email and never miss a blog post by me.

Thank you all once again. Mark.