I’m currently working in North Wales for the next 12 months and only get limited free time after work to go out and enjoy the stunning welsh countryside that I have become extremely fond of over the last few months.
One of the places that I would love to start exploring is the Snowdonia National Park, but because of my limited time constraints im often drawn to the easier accessible locations on the North Coast. North Wales has some a fantastic coast and just recently I have done a little exploring Talacre Beach, Llandudno, Puffin Island, Beaumaris, The Great Orm, Holy Island, Newborough Forest and Dulas Bay.
Dulas Bay is located on the East coast of Anglesey and I only found its beauty when I was browsing on Flickr to see interesting places to visit and try to photograph.
Once over the Menai Bridge and into Anglesey the traffic slows down, the roads get narrower and the countryside starts to reveal its beauty, with the occasional glimpse of the coast you get excited about exploring the coastline and to see what’s around the next corner!
The bay was fairly straight forward to find, I did a little map appreciation before I left my house, and an hour later I had arrived at Dulas, where I quickly checked my map again and drove down a narrow single lane with houses dotted hear and there, the hedges were over grown and the lack of parking didn’t go un-noticed.
The weather forecast wasn’t great to be honest, but I knew the tide was out as I had checked on-line prior to going using UKHO
One of my new year resolutions for 2013 was to get out whatever the weather and im glad I did, as I left the house it was a little overcast and I wasn’t sure if it was worth the hours drive, but I decided to go and at least do a recce for a future visit none the less.
As I drove to the end of the lane there was a quaint cottage situated on the left before the estuary I parked my car just past it and put on my boots and admired the changing light. I could see one of the boats in the middle of the estuary but I could also see lots of sand and sea water between me and the boat!
I decided I hadn’t drove an hour to be beaten by 6 inches of water I jumped though the water trying to avoid the deeper parts but it didn’t work, I could feel the water in my socks, oh well…
I quickly set-up as I wanted to capture this shot as the light was behind me casting some amazing front lighting onto the wreck, notice the great shadows on the small plants in the foreground.
I decided to stay shooting this boat, there is actually 2 stranded boats in Dulas Bay the other one though is situated along the tree line that can be seen in the background of the above image it was not getting as much favorable light and was more shaded due to the angle of the sun and the hills behind me.
I stayed there for the rest of the evening waiting for the sun to set and I could tell it was going to be a nice sunset as the clouds started to turn a lovely pink hue, so I was able to capture many lovely images.
One thing I did initially struggle with when it came to post processing the images was retaining the boats “true” colour. Its true colour representation can be seen in the image on the right, its hull is naturally white but with the warm side and front lighting I was getting it was harder to establish the correct white balance setting. I cracked it in the end, I opted to set all of the processed images to “Daylight” White Balance mode so I had an equal platform with there outcome when processing them.
Whilst processing the images at home, I started to think (scary) … Who owned these boats ? Why had they ended up here ? How old were they ?
A quick Google search doesn’t bring anything helpful back, yes people have photographed them before but very little is know about where they came from and how old they are, fascinating or intrigued ? probably a bit of both to be honest.
I’m more than happy with the outcome and the drive was certainly worth it. I will continue to explore North Wales, I would like to venture more into Snowdonia National Park, but alas I don’t get enough time to really explore and get out for a good walk so for now im going to try and stick to the coastal areas as I don’t get to see them much living in the Midlands :)
Thanks for reading.