ianrodger

Photography

About me

A little bit about myself, I was born and bred in South Wales and my love of photography began many years ago when I discovered that my school possessed a darkroom. As a youngster I enjoyed sport and documentary photography, embracing the technology of film and the solitude of the darkroom. I progressed through a wide range of cameras always doing my own processing and loving the experience. As time passed, my commitments and interests have changed and I have exchanged the solitude of the darkroom for the solitude of the coast and mountains, discovering a love for these landscapes, which we have in abundance in our beautiful country. On exploring digital photography and converting to this medium I discovered a whole new range of skills to master which fired my interests anew and enabled me to expand my horizons.

My main interest is still landscape and seascape photography, I am lucky enough to have the time to pursue my passions. Walking the coastline and countryside is good for the soul and  whenever possible, my little dog accompanies me usually getting into the picture in some way, an ear or a tail in the corner of the image, thank goodness for Photoshop, she has a terriers impatience ever encouraging me to keep moving!

I have been fortunate to do some travelling and over recent years I have visited some beautiful unspoilt landscapes on the West Coast of the USA. Road trips have meant travelling over 9000 + miles, meeting fantastic people, seeing amazing scenery and making the most of the picture opportunities.

On my last road trip I revisited my misspent youth (watching far too many cowboy films) and took a trip to the Old West, with its dessert scenery and ghost towns a stark contrast to the grandeur of the thermal landscapes of Yellowstone arrived at through the scenic Bear Tooth Pass.

Once bitten there’s always more to see and recent road trips visited Death Valley, the Grand Canyon, the soaring majesty of Zion and stunning thought provoking beauty of Mesa Verde with its star filled skies and wild horses. In contrast I loved the quirky road trip along Route 66, the fun cities of SanFrancisco and Las Vegas. If all goes well next year I hope to spend more time in Yellowstone and Yosemite and plan to return to Jackson Hole to re-visit the Grand Teton mountains without the smoke haze from the forest fires we had this year.

Over the past seven years I have gained experience in retail and ecommerce photography specialising in photography for internet sites and publicity leaflets. In the future I would love to expand the artistic side of my work combining it with the commercial work. So interesting and challenging times ahead.

Thank you for taking the time to look at my gallery, I hope you have enjoyed the exhibition and the images have given you pleasure.

Pictures are for sale framed, unframed or as digital files.

38 Responses to “About me”

  1. Melanie

    Wow. I just submitted my first Weekly Photo Challenge, too. I am glad I did mine before I saw yours! Your photos are amazing! But please don’t photoshop your pup out of the frame. I think life is so much better with a dusting of dog fur :)

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  2. Hanne T. Fisker

    ppffffff, you photos are stunning. your sharp eye and photographic skill incredible! I just popped over because I wanted to say thank you for following my blog Simplicity of Being, and here i am, following you too :)

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    • irodger

      Hi thanks for the kind comments, thanks for following me as well, we have a certain similarity in the subjects we take, I loved the Nomadic Days link, Highway 1 looks beautiful, we were trying to arrange our USA visit this year and I am very tempted to travel Highway 1 after seeing your pictures. Did you fly into LA or San Francisco and how did you travel the route? All the best, Ian.

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      • Hanne T. Fisker

        It was the beginning of this wandering life-style of mine :) Go Highway One! It was at that time one of my most incredible experiences. I rented a car in LA and delivered it in San Francisco. You can drive the whole way in 1-2 days, but I spent at least 5 days, stopping all the time, hiking up etc etc. There are camping site along the way and a monastery too. Particularly Big Sur is worth exploring….If I did it again, I would spent much more time exploring all the small pockets along the way. From there I went to Lake Tahoe with Amtrak, another incredible experience and exceptionally beautiful. It reminded me of Norway. p.s. It’s important to go Highway One on either side of the summer, otherwise the heat will make it all very hazy and difficult to see much. All the best and by all means ask away if you have other questions re travels.

  3. NW Frame of Mind

    Beautiful photos! I came to say thanks for the follow and have now started following you too. I hope you get your trip up Highway 1! I have explored some coastline in California and then spent more time along the Oregon and Washington coast highway.

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  4. Wondering Celt

    Hi Ian, thanks for the follow…….I guess we live very close looking at your photos (very interested in the strange object ones!!) I also have a terrier who can never wait when on a good walk. You may see the 4 of us (me, my hubby, youngest daughter and Tiggi) on Ogmore Beach or Nash Point – two of our favourite places for special walks at the weekends – too far in the week. Love the photos.

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    • irodger

      Hi, I will keep a look out for you, Nash Point is one of my favorite places, its a beautiful part of the coast, my yorkie, Boo loves the seaside apart from the water (strange dog).
      I went to Sully today with my daughter and Boo dog, there was some beautiful skies and the water was very calm, I have to do some work on the images before publishing them but generally very pleased with a few of them. Yes the strange object is very confusing, it was taken earlier in the year, unfortunately I didn’t see anything while taking the picture and only noticed it when preparing the image for the blog, what is most confusing is the presence of clouds over the center part of the object, I have sent the image to BUFORA for them to examine it and give me their opinion. So if you go up to Brecon, LOOK TO THE SKIES. Hope to see you around. All the best, Ian.

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  5. Carrie

    I am awestruck. I thought I would stop over on your blog after all the time you spent looking over mine, thank you. You have a remarkable gift, thank you for sharing your work! I am following, anticipating your next journey, looking forward to escaping through your lens. Incredible.

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    • irodger

      Hi, thank you for your kind words, sorry for the delay in replying but I have been having huge problems with wordpress. You have some beautiful images on your blog and I will be returning frequently.
      We have been very lucky with our road trips, we love the West Coast of America and have met some lovely people, seen incredible things and are looking forward to the next trip, hopefully Route 66 again, LA and San Francisco via the Coast Road, the only problem is sorting through the images when we come back, I have over 3000 images from the last trip so there will be more added to the site over the next few weeks if the eyes hold out. Once again thanks for the like, follow and very kind words. All the best, Ian.

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  6. colderwhether

    Will have a closer look at the pictures in a while. That’s awesome that you’ve travelled that much in the States. I’m living in Canada, and the only state that I can truly say I’ve seen is Maine, and that’s one hour’s drive from here :)

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    • irodger

      We have been very lucky over the past few years with our road trips, we just plan the route, book some hotels, pick up the rental car and drive. We love the USA, the people, the places, the food (unfortunately for my diet), all being well we will be back next year for another journey.

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      • colderwhether

        That’s a wonderful way of travelling! I find the service here in North America being great, compared to my native homeland … here, you always get service, with a smile, and it’s a delight to try out all those little breakfast places. I agree with you about the diet! :D

      • irodger

        Yes I find its the large portions of Moms Apple Pie (can’t resist) and the huge variety of burgers (got to try them all) do most of the damage.

      • colderwhether

        Yes! Not to mention pancakes in the morning … with maple syrup on them … and bacon … yummm! :)

        But I wouldn’t mind going to Wales either… I wrote a blog post, not too long ago, about a Welsh word that I’d found … «Hiraeth» ..

      • irodger

        Pancakes, I had forgotten about the pancakes, think I have just put on 4lbs just thinking about it. Just viewed your blog regarding ‘Hiraeth’ interesting reading as well as the comments, I live just on the Welsh Border so a lot of the population don’t consider us proper Welsh. But I do and proud of it. I get quite a few requests for local pictures from Welsh ex pats and there is always a strong connection to Wales, but I suppose that is true for all ex pats no matter where there homeland is. Wales is beautiful, the coast and country can vary a huge amount from green forests to sparse rough scrubland, the coast is stunning with a coastal path that runs the entire length. All of the coal mining has now gone and the waste tips have been flattened and landscaped, if you ever do come to Wales it is worth visiting Big Pit mining museum, you get fitted with a helmet, pit light and go down in the lifts underground, the guys that do the tour are ex-miners with some very good stories to tell. Two things not to forget are a raincoat and umbrella.

      • colderwhether

        That would be a wonderful trip to take! The coal mining, somehow made me reminisce Tom Jones, the singer :D

        Yes, I believe that to be true for all expats … me included ;)

  7. westseventhfreelance

    Hello! Thank you for visiting me! I just opened my blog page and saw this whole row of ‘irodger’ visits! I look forward to viewing your work and following your travels…

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    • irodger

      Hi yes I will be returning to your blog in the future, enjoyed viewing the images and text and will come back for a more thorough view. Ian.

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    • irodger

      Thank-you for your kind comment. Since I retired I have been able to do more photography, bought a digital camera and I am still learning the capabilities. But then I get the dilemma should I take the dog for a walk, go out on the motorbike, do my domestic chores, shopping or take pictures. Decisions, decisions, decisions.

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  8. aheartofadventure

    Gorgeous photos! Next time you go to Yellowstone, I highly recommend taking a side trip to Glacier National Park in Northern Montana. It is far more beautiful and less touristy. It is hands down my favorite place on the planet!

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  9. L

    Hah! Now I’m following and will definitely be back on regular basis. You’ve got some wonderful collection here and I don’t wanna miss future wonders :)

    L

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    • irodger

      Hi, thanks for the follow and the kind comment. One thing about the photography is it keeps me occupied and out of trouble. Ian.

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    • irodger

      Thanks for the lovely comment, I try to get vibrant colour and perspective in the pictures. I am pleased other people enjoy viewing them. Ian.

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  10. Bipasha

    Hi Ian, I am overjoyed to have found your blog! Your photography is awe-inspiring & I am happily following your blog now. Thanks for sharing your amazing work!

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    • irodger

      Once again thank you for the lovely comment. Since I retired its been great to get back into photography and everyone says it keeps me occupied and out of trouble. Ian.

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  11. meticulousmick

    Just thought I would pop over, having seen your site on a comment by Carrie on the site of Leanne Cole. I like your stuff and wish you well, MM 🍀

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    • irodger

      Hi, sorry for the very late reply, we have been having house alterations that have taken me from WordPress. Thanks for the kind comment. Will visit your site soon. All the best, Ian.

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