Landscapes and Post-Industrial South Wales

Stuart enjoys taking great photos and uncovering the stories behind them.

His main photography project is Merthyr Road - a look at the history and the legacy of the industrialisation of the South Wales Valleys.

Towards Pontypridd

Llyn Cwm Llwch

Last weekend was our warm-up day for the 3 Peaks Challenge. We walked up to the summit of Pen-y-fan and back twice in just over 5 hours. I was expecting my knee to be a major doubt for the walk, but it turned out that I’m so unfit that the knee was the least of my worries :(

I did take the camera with me for the first ascent, and snagged this shot on our first trip down. I hope you enjoy it.

On a technical note, despite good conditions, this ended up being the only shot I took that was worth publishing here. Shooting exclusively at f/2.8 on a full-frame camera body isn’t a good decision for landscape shots, especially if there’s no foreground subject to focus on. Lesson (hopefully) learned.

I’ll be back on Monday with the first of my shots from the Fleet Air Arm Museum at Yeovilton, from a shoot I did for my birthday this year. If you enjoyed my photos from Scotland’s Museum of Flight, then hopefully you’ll enjoy these too :)

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Here are all of the photos that I took last week for my ‘London: After The Summit’ shoot, including a couple that didn’t make it into this week’s wallpaper posts. Click on each photo to go through to Flickr to read more about the image.

Smithfield Market

Capturing Your Attention

Passing By

St Pauls Cathedral

City of London Information Centre

Beware Oncoming Cyclists

St Pauls Cathedral and Blackfriars

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St Pauls Cathedral and Blackfriars

From St Paul’s, I wandered south through the lanes (which you’ll see tomorrow) and down onto Waterloo Bridge for my last shot of the evening. You’ve got St Paul’s Cathedral, with the brightly lit Blackfriars Station immediately in front of it, and the lush purple lighting of Blackfriars Bridge just peeking in on the right.

A pro tip for any photographer who wants to join the crowds on Waterloo Bridge to capture this scene after dark: take a tripod. I shot this handheld at 200mm, but I’m shooting with crazy gear and I’ve had a lot of practice at stillness – and it was still the only usable image that I got from the bridge that night! If you’re using prosumer or entry-level gear, physics is against you, sorry. Take a tripod down to the bridge to avoid disappointment.

Or alternatively, do what I’m planning on doing in the summer and head down there at dusk to capture this scene towards sunset. I imagine it’ll make for spectacular photos – if you remember to take a tripod.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s photos. Tomorrow, I’ll publish a round-up post with all the images that I took for ‘London: After The Summit’. And tomorrow, I’m supposed to be spending the day climbing Pen-y-Fan in the Brecons as part of the training for the 3 Peaks Challenge. If weather permits, I hope to bag a few shots for a future set of wallpapers :)

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St Pauls Cathedral

From the Museum of London, I headed due south to the back of St Paul’s Cathedral. One of the great buildings of the world, like many iconic structures in the UK it has been so hemmed in by other buildings that it’s very difficult to photograph well from street level. Many photographers head over the river to the South Bank and shoot St Paul’s and the Millennium Bridge together. It’s become a terribly cliched shot, and it wasn’t one that I wanted to repeat, as frankly I’m fed up of seeing it regularly on Twitter. I want to seek out the photos that you hopefully haven’t yet seen.

I’d originally planned to shoot this from the north-east corner, but I couldn’t find a position where the shot wasn’t suffering from light pollution from everything else around. In the end, I ended up shooting through the trees down at the south-east corner. I think it makes for a strong image and a good wallpaper.

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Passing By

Directly opposite the bright lobby display in the gym are the circular walls of the Museum of London, and attached to those walls is are a couple of multi-segmented art deco lizards. You can’t see them from the skywalk entrances to the museum above – you have to come down to street level to be able to enjoy them.

Whilst I was trying to find the photograph in the lizards, I spotted this strong reflection of one of the shops opposite, and more by luck than by judgement I managed to bag this shot of someone walking by the shop. I think it’s a great photo, and probably my favourite of the whole evening.

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