Explorations of Llanddwyn Island

I discovered Llanddwyn Island last November during our first trip to northern Wales; it instantly became easily my favorite photo spot in the United Kingdom. And while I got some photographs last year, I wasn't totally in love with the results, so I was eager to try to shoot it again. 

So at the beginning of July, we packed up and did the long drive back out to northern Wales and to see the island. The island didn't disappoint, and the constantly changing weather kept me busy! As you'll see in these photographs, we went from sunny blue skies to clouds of impending doom, all over the course of a few hours. And just to be clear, this is a small island - no roads or cars - and it can only be accessed during low tide. But turning 360* in place could give me a huge diversity in landscapes, and therefore moods I could convey in the images. 

In actuality, all this weather diversity made it hard to shoot! Did I want a moody image, or a cheery image? Better face the right direction, or wait 10 mins for the weather to change! 

All of these photographs were taken with the Leica SL and Leica 24-90mm Vario Elmarit lens.

The lighthouse on the edge of Llanddwyn Island, northern Wales

Remains from an old church on Llanddwyn Island

Dark storm clouds approach over Llanddwyn Island

A narrow path in the grass leading to the edge of the cliff on Llanddwyn Island

Small boat houses line parts of the coast as storm clouds bear down on the island

The beachside forrest that surrounds Llanddwyn Island

Quick Shot(s): Dark & Moody or Bright & Lively?

There's been a lot of ramblings about camera equipment here lately, so today we'll get back to the photography with this duo of photos.....

These are two very different images of the same set of trees that I came upon during a long hike this weekend. I couldn't decide which composition I preferred as I framed the shot, so took both and figured I'd work it out later when I could review them on my computer.... but I figure I'll share both because it might help you.

The two photographs were made with the same camera (Leica SL) and same lens. I am standing in the same place for both - the difference is that I crouched down a few feet on one to include more eye-level perspective on the shrubs and underexposed one image by -1/2 stop. But look at what a different feel these images have! One is darker and more moody, while the other is bright and lively.

The point is, composition and photographic technique will have more to do with storytelling than the equipment you carry. It doesn't matter what brand that camera is if you don't know how to use it to get the results you want.

Which of these two photos do you prefer? Dark and moody or bright and lively? Comment and let me know!