An early start – up at 0430 – to pack the van with gear and head down the A55 to Caernarfon. I’ve been commissioned to photograph a rejuvenated building nearby to the walls. It’s a tight spot – overlooked by tall buildings. It’s also a lovely spot – cheek by jowl to the medieval walls with a view of the Strait through the portal.
My sun tracking app tells me that the sun should be on the facade – but it doesn’t allow for the gables that are casting it in shadow. I get the shots on the inside whilst thinking through how to try and get a dark frontage. I promise to return earlier in the morning.
“My sun tracking app tells me that the sun should be on the facade – but it doesn’t allow for the gables that are casting it in shadow.”
In the afternoon, I head out to Colwyn Bay to photograph the new pier. It’s overcast and I decide to take lunch early on the beach and wait it out. .
My patience is rewarded as the clouds clear later in the day
I’m booked into a pitch in Anglesey – over on the opposite side to Caernarfon. The weather is hot, the sun is out and the football is on. The result calls for an omelette butty and then a walk down to the pebble beach at Plas-y-borth overlooking the Menai Strait.
“The light is low and golden, shredding the lane with zebra stripes.”
The raking light draws my eyes into the detail. I see the Andes in a dock leaf and the tributaries to the Amazon in the megaphylls of a fern.
The final destination reveals perhaps one of the finest coastal views in Britain – across the Strait to the castle at Caernarfon.
Evening brings out the digital nomad. I sit with a hot mug of tea and work on the days photographs. Tomorrow another photo shoot in Caernarfon at Slate Quay. Another early start.
All photos taken on an iPhone 12 Pro. Here’s some more iPhone shots from the day…