After 12 months of relative quiet, I thought it about time to post some news on what I’ve been up to with my photography. Even if it just acts as a note-to-self to remind me what I want to blog about next 🙂

Although I haven’t been posting new articles on here for some time now (new job and my Tai Chi school have had to come first, sorry), I’ve still been getting out and about with my camera taking new photos for future articles. Redevelopment at both ends of the Merthyr Road area (Cardiff City Centre and the land to the south of Dowlais) make it more important than ever to capture this area’s industrial history before it’s gone forever.

I’ve updated the list of upcoming articles on the Merthyr Road project page. At the current count, I have most if not all of the photos for 38 more articles, and I’m expecting to be out and about several times a month getting photos for even more articles 🙂

On top of that, I’ve started planning a third series of articles, to sit alongside the main Merthyr Road articles and the growing Single Shot Series. I’ve been wondering what Cardiff and the valleys might have looked like if – instead of ripping up the canal and working hard to erase it from memory – if instead it had been protected, renovated, and still existed today. I don’t have the means to travel to a parallel universe with my camera to capture this, but what I can do is visit other places in the UK which still have their canals, and play what-if that way. So it seems appropriate that this new series of articles will be called the What If Series.

Interestingly, my thoughts about the Nokia N82 as a camera has consistently been one of my popular blog posts these past few months. If that’s your thing, I do have several equipment reviews I’d like to write up and publish, including reviews on Foolography’s bluetooth GPS adapter for the Nikon D200 (summary: it’s worth every penny), my new Panasonic DMC-LX3 (summary: it’s very good, but it’s definitely not a general purpose camera), and the new Panasonic G1 kindly loaned to me by Panasonic this year (summary: it almost didn’t go back).

Finally, I’m hoping to write more articles on technique as and when I can. I need to bring out an updated version of my popular Aperture Workflow article, I think it would be good to share the process behind my HDR photos (with the D200, I shoot mostly HDR these days), and after a near-miss at the weekend, an article on safety as a photographer probably wouldn’t go amiss 🙂 I’d also like to encourage others to do similar projects to mine, by explaining how I go about my research and the wide range of tools that are available to you today that you may not realise can help.

I hope you enjoy the work I publish. If you do, it’d be great to hear from you via comments left on the blog. And I’m always looking for suggestions of new locations to visit and explore with my camera.

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The Millennium Centre, Cardiff

This one has been up on Flickr for several months now, but somehow I forgot to actually write a blog post about it to match!

Cardiff Bay has been (almost) completely transformed from abandoned dockyards into the playground of the wealthy in South Wales. At the very centre of this new role proudly stands the Millennium Centre, a world-class arts venue for Europe’s youngest capital city. And, when the sun strikes it at the right angle, it positively radiates.

There are good reasons why just about all the best photos of the Millennium Centre tend to be from this angle.

Known locally as the Coal Scuttle because of its distinctive shape and colour, the Millennium Centre is a surprisingly difficult subject to photograph. If you think of its rivals around the world – most notably the Sidney Opera House – they are iconic buildings standing proud and prominent, an absolute delight to photograph and very difficult to photograph badly. Sadly, like Cardiff City Centre after it, Cardiff Bay hasn’t been so much designed as a whole as had individual efforts constructed next to each other. This has left the Coal Scuttle with mostly obscured lines, and as a photographer I’m left with the impression of a fat cartoon character trying to hide behind skinnier friends.

I think this is a real shame. This is truly a great venue, with a real will to put on a world-class programme of arts to match.

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Sunset On The Hill

Although the glorious Easter weekend weather is largely behind us now, for a brief moment this evening we had just a tiny reminder of how beautiful the sunsets can be around here …

It’s also the first shot taken with my new Nikon 70-300mm lens. I’m certainly looking forward to getting it out into the field for a full Merthyr Road photo shoot 🙂

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