Rhyl Is A Playground

The last time I went to Wales I was much younger and somewhat shorter than I am now. At a guess, I’d say it’s nearly fifteen years since my last visit.

Back then, when I was a mere boy, my parents used to take me to the Sun Centre in Rhyl to go swimming and enjoy the Welsh seaside.

I have fond, yet faded, memories of this time and now, as an adult with his own automotive transport I thought I’d go back with my camera to take a few photographs.

Truth be told, the main place of interest during this road trip was the seaside resort of Llandudno. I spent most of the day there, lapping up the sunshine, occasionally moaning about the ridiculously high humidity and shooting plenty of photographs.

Llandudno is a truly beautiful seaside town and photographing it’s stunning landscape inspired a much needed revival in my personal photographic work. However, you’ll have to wait a little longer to see some of the shots I took as (for now at least) I’d like to share this photograph I took later in the day while in the seaside town of Rhyl.

This is one of my favourite photographs from the entire road trip as it was a spontaneous and fleeting moment that I’m ever so happy to have captured. Taken from the beach, it shows a Father playing with his two sons on the promenade. With plastic toy guns in hand, they pretend to shoot one another against a backdrop of storm clouds and fortified concrete.

Personally, I feel that a number of contrasting, yet aesthetically pleasing, elements really came together when I pressed the shutter to take this image. It’s both sinister and playful; which suits me just fine.

Rhyl is A Playground Camera Metadata

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM
ISO: 160
Focal Length: 92mm
Shutter Speed: 1/200th sec
F-Stop: f14

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