Saturday, 27 November 2010

If you can see England it’s going to rain!

At the beginning of June I had some time off work, so I organised a photo-shoot with Fire’s Secret in South Wales. I usually like to shoot on the Glamorgan Heritage Coast, and have a variety of locations that I like to use. The weather on the chosen day looked ok when we set off from Oxfordshire, but as we got closer to our destination the clouds started to get darker and my heart began to sink, the prospect of going all that way and not taking a photo was looming large.

When I got to the first we got to the first location, Candleston Castle at Merthyr Mawr, the conditions were just about acceptable although the light was fairly low. We set to work and got quite a few photos taken in and around the ruins of the old castle buildings. It was at this point Fire’s Secret realised that her hair was not as she wanted, so part of the set was re-shot with her hair down The red dress that she was wearing had a mind of its own so the term ‘Wardrobe Malfunction’ was the best description of some of the resulting images.

I had agreed to meet up with an old friend for lunch, so we set off for the beach café at Llantwit Major and enjoyed a much-needed hot drink along with the meal. Jackie was there waiting for us and we settled down to a good old fashioned chat and a catch up with news and talk of photography. I had suggested that our next location was going to be at Nash Point, a fantastic cliff top location complete with a lighthouse, and the stump of a redundant lighthouse, and I invited Jackie to join us. It was at this point that I mentioned the old joke that if you could see England across the Bristol Channel, it was going to rain, if you couldn’t see England, it was raining!

We set off to Nash Point after lunch and when we got there, we could not see England, in fact it was blowing a gale and the rain was really heavy. Being the optimist I waited for half an hour to see if the rain would ease off, but it was not going to happen. Jackie then suggested going to Coity Castle as it had a few sheltered spots where we could work despite the rain. The location was excellent, but it was literally in the middle of a small town and even had a footpath running through the middle of it. Fire’s Secret was keen to do some shots here and Jackie offered to keep a lookout while we did quite a few shots around the grounds.

About a month later I went back to South Wales with Miss Lou Lou, and you could see England, but that is another story.

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