We stayed on the mid-Wales coast for three weeks back in January. I had spent the morning walking along the shoreline at Ynyslas, photographing the waves as they lapped onto the beach against a backdrop of stormy clouds. I was the only person about, until a kite surfer appeared fighting to control his kite in the windy conditions. His struggles gave me just enough time to run over and photograph him before he reached the sea.
Technical details: Canon 5DSR with 16-35mm f4 lens at 28mm, 1/320 sec at f11, ISO 100 with polarising filter, hand held.
Ynyslas (Welsh pronunciation: [ənɨ̞s-lɑs], meaning “blue island”) is a small Welsh village about 1.5 miles north of Borth and 8 miles north of Aberystwyth, within the county of Ceredigion. It is sandwiched between a long sandy beach in Cardigan Bay and the beach in the Dyfi Estuary. The area between the sea and the estuary beach is made up of the Ynyslas Sand Dunes which are part of the Dyfi National Nature Reserve and home to many rare plants and animals. The sands of the estuary beach can be driven onto and parked upon. The nature reserve has a visitor centre with toilets and a small shop. At the start of some BBC 1 programmes it shows people flying kites on sand dunes and this was filmed at Ynyslas.