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

The House At The Foot Of The Mountain

My current theme is Snowdonia in the Snow at Easter, with guest photos by Mrs H!

I know I’m biased, but what a beautiful shot this is by Mrs H, looking up the Llanberis Pass, to end the week. (I think that’s Cae Gwyn right at the foot of the shot).

Have a great weekend, and I’ll be back on Monday with more photos from Snowdonia. And, as a bonus, there’ll be some great 25×9 format shots from our holiday starting tomorrow!

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The Llanberis Pass In The Snow

My current theme is Snowdonia in the Snow at Easter, with guest photos by Mrs H!

We both stood at the foot of the Llanberis Pass for a bit, enjoying stretching our legs in the bright sunshine after the drive up from our home in South Wales, wondering whether or the pass was clear all the way up. We needn’t have worried, as the steady procession of coaches coming down the pass attested to it being nice and clear.

It was only during the drive up that we realised that the coaches weren’t coming down the pass, but were instead apparently coming from some sort of outdoor centre just around the corner!

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The Path Up The Mountain

My current theme is Snowdonia in the Snow at Easter, with guest photos by Mrs H!

From the Menai Straight, we headed south to Llanberis, the village that sits at the foot of Mount Snowdon. We weren’t sure what conditions would be like – the Llanberis Pass had been closed when I’d last checked the day before. But it was open, and we were able to get some photos before we drove up through the pass.

The eastern side of the foot of the pass is dominated by Electric Mountain, the Dinorwig Hydro-electric Power Station that we studied as kids in school. The power station is built on the site of a disused slate quarry, which I believe is the Dinorwic Quarry.

From the pass, the snow highlighted these strange and distinctive pathways up the side of the old quarry face. This is the best of my efforts to pick them out and capture them.

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Menai Suspension Bridge and a Snowy Snowdonia

My current theme is Snowdonia in the Snow at Easter, with guest photos by Mrs H!

The Menai Straight is a body of water that separates the Isle of Anglesey from the mainland of North Wales. It’s spanned by two bridges: the Britannia Bridge (which we’ll see in a couple of weeks’ time), and Telford’s Menai Suspension Bridge. In the background are the mountains of Snowdonia, shivering in an unseasonal heavy fall of snow.

I’ve tried my hand at this shot before, back in 2003 with the Nikon D100. Things did look a lot warmer back then!

Menai Suspension Bridge and Snowdonia

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Towards Cadair Idris

I’m back! Had a bit of a break due to several hospital appointments all arriving at once. All of that is over for the time being.

Not only am I back, but this time I’m not alone. Mrs H and I spent Easter 2013 up in Snowdonia, enjoying the wonderful sight of the Welsh mountains after heavy snow. We both had our cameras with us, and over the next few weeks I’ll be including shots taken by both of us on the blog.

To get started, on the drive up to North Wales we stopped at Cross Foxes (what a fantastic name!) to enjoy the wonderful view of the ever-mighty Cadair Idris mountain and sub-peaks rising in the distance. One day, I want to go back when it’s sunny and enjoy the walks in the area; it’s something I haven’t managed to do yet.

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Favourite Nikon D300s Shots

Posted by Stuart Herbert on March 24th, 2013 in Equipment, Favourites.

The time has come to sell my Nikon D300s.

Of all the Nikons I’ve owned since the mid-90’s, it’s the one that stayed with me for the shortest time … but what memories it will be leaving behind. Many of the best photos that I’ve taken to date were done with this camera, including the first photo in my pick, taken at the Eden Project in Cornwall.

Outside The Core

Rope Fence In The Rainforest Biodome

Fence And Yellow

Statue Outside 1 Kingsway

We Will Exterminate You

Merthyr Road In Mist

Manchester Alleyway

The Lindisfarne Causeway

Footpath Sign

Sunset In Northumberland

Wall And Gate

Access Denied at Puzzlewood

Looking For Angels at Puzzlewood

Gates In Silhouette

Mosquito

Inside The Cockpit Of A Harrier

Bluebells

Public Telephone At Heath Low Level Station

Weee Man of Waste

Millennium Stadium Supports

Grass On The Clifftop

Day Return

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Engine Tank

To finish this week’s theme, here’s one last shot of the restored Fowler 0-6-0 steam engine that stands outside the Erwood Station Arts Centre. This particular example has what looks like a water tank on the side, just in front of the driver’s cab. I just love the rich blacks in this shot, and the way the textured metal reflects the low winter sun.

I hope you enjoyed this week’s shots. I’ll be back on Monday with my next set of photos to share with you.

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Engine Cover

Outside the Erwood Station Arts Centre stands a restored Fowler 0-6-0 steam engine, painted in bright green. The winter weather has taken its toll a little bit, giving us this wonder textured metal in this shot.

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Desktop Wallpaper: Number 169

Posted by Stuart Herbert on February 6th, 2013 in Desktop Wallpaper.

Number 169

The front of the Fowler 0-6-0 steam engine at Erwood Station Arts Centre is painted very boldly, and proudly portrays the number 169. One for all of you lovers of all things red.

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Engine Part

Out in the grounds of Erwood Station Arts Centre, you’ll find a restored Fowler 0-6-0 steam engine. This is a shot of one of the visible parts. My eye was drawn to the texture of the brushed / scraped metal, and to the contrast of the rust against the black paint.

I’ve no idea what it does though!

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