Barry Island in the winter sun, shot with the Fuji X-E1

I’ve never really appreciated how close I am to Barry Island before – but one Wednesday, the sun miraculously came out for the perfect winter day.

I love beaches in the winter, they’re less busy, you’re not sweating and there’s no chance of getting a beach ball in the face. True, you can’t really go swimming, but as I’m usually busy photographing, that doesn’t bother me.

I was reviewing the stunning new Fujifilm X-E1, one of my favourite new cameras of the year. Using this new compact system camera is a real joy, and at the end of this day I couldn’t decide what I loved more – the camera, or Barry Island.

It had been miserable weather for the previous few days, and bizarrely, it returned to misery for the few days after this. But for this one day, I enjoyed my time walking around the beach in the cold. People don’t usually think of Barry Island as somewhere beautiful, but hopefully these photos show that if you look hard enough you can find the beauty in everything. I walked around the cliffs to find Jackson’s Bay, a more secluded beach which only me and a lone fisherman seemed to be aware of on the day.

So, next time the sun comes out and I find myself with a spare couple of hours, I’ll be heading down to the beach to soak up the winter rays. And, maybe, just maybe, I’ll go back in the summer too.

I hope you enjoy the pictures, and as always, any comments, suggestions and thoughts are most welcome in the box below.


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