Beaches in winter: Penarth with the Olympus PEN Mini

I’m perhaps a little bit odd, but if you saw my post from Barry Island a few weeks ago, you’ll know that I prefer the beach in winter. Lovely and quiet, and you can wear a coat and not get hot… I like it.

So, a few weeks ago when I needed to test the Olympus PEN E-PM2 (aka PEN Mini), I headed straight for Penarth. My good weather luck followed me and it was a beautiful day.

For those of you not familiar with the town, it has a small pier and a pebble beach. Both excellent subjects, it was also a good place to experiment with the many art filters that can be found on the PEN Mini.

It’s a great little camera, mostly since it has the same sensor and processor as its bigger and more expensive brother, the excellent Olympus OM-D. I won’t say too much about the camera here, as you can read all about it in my full review over on TechRadar if you’re that way inclined.

Hope you enjoy the photos… I’ve got lots more waiting to be blogged, the good weather really has been following me around these past few weeks… I’m very lucky.

As always, any comments, thoughts, suggestions and other missives welcome in the box below.


  • I like these pictures!

    You are lucky to have Penarth so close to home (as I assume it is). We, and anyone one else lives by the sea, are lucky aren’t we?. It looks an interesting place with that old pier and the stone beach. We in Australia are not used to stony beaches. But this one looks lovely, what great textures with the light at these angles. I imagine it would be good to crunch across the beach looking for interesting stones.

    I like the ironwork and the old boards of the pier.

    I can’t write very much at one time, I get too tired so what I will do is try to make comment one as many pics as I can in the next few days – I really love this series!

    I always enjoy your postings. I envy you having adventures with all these cameras!

  • OMG!!!!
    A. You are an amazing photographer!
    B. Can I steal your camera?
    C. Why are you having such fun with your camera?
    D. The pictures above are phenomenal, your blog priceless and your work out of this world!
    E. OMG! I cant stop gushing over all of this!

  • Your blog came across my screen as a blog for me to check out. I am glad I did because your photos are amazing. I am often looking for people to inspire me to take better photos. I look forward to seeing more of your work.

    • Thankyou Melanee, that’s very kind of you to say! Hope you enjoy looking at the other pictures and seeing the new ones that I post up soon 🙂 Amy

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