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    is substantial with Lightroom remaining snappy to use and responsive at all times I m much happier too with the results of editing inside Lightroom There are a couple of differences in the controls Lightroom s Clarity control in particular has no obvious corresponding control in Aperture but maybe because I can tweak each photo in real time and I m not having to wait for the app to show me the results of each change I m finding it much easier to bring out the rich colours that the camera is capturing There are other things in Lightroom that still haven t caught up with Aperture yet especially full screen previews and editing but the improvements in performance and editing have me enjoying my photography once more I m Not Binning Aperture Entirely I still have over 300GB of photos in Aperture many of them still to be published and I have no plans to try and export them into Lightroom I ll keep Aperture around for dipping back into my historical archive which I ll be doing throughout September for my wallpapers and I ll keep updating Aperture in the hope that things improve over time But it s been over a month now since anything new was imported into Aperture and I can t see that changing in the immediate future 12 comments Desktop Wallpaper Inspire A Generation Sign Posted by Stuart Herbert on August 31st 2012 in Desktop Wallpaper This week s theme is another stretch of the Thames Path using photos taken between Greenwich and the Thames Barrier I went for a walk up there a couple of weekends ago but with outdoor temperatures soaring well past 30C and little cloud cover I was only able to spend a couple of hours out with the camera before getting burned to a crisp To finish the week I m going with this photo of a sign that was flying outside the O2 Arena reminding everyone of the theme of the London 2012 Olympic Games to inspire a generation I thought they did that superbly both with the Olympic Flame journey throughout the country before the games and when they cauldron at the Olympic Park was lit by up and coming young atheletes of the future I hope you ve enjoyed this week s wallpapers I ll be back on Monday with some more to share with you If you re reading this in the RSS feed my original blog post also includes a Google map showing where this photo was taken Unfortunately I haven t managed to get the map to appear yet in the RSS feed so for now you ll have to click through to my blog if you want to see the map Sorry Copyright c Stuart Herbert Blog Twitter Facebook Photography Merthyr Road Daily Desktop Wallpaper 25 9 Twitter Be the first to leave a comment Desktop Wallpaper Dusty No Parking Cone Posted by Stuart Herbert on August 30th 2012 in Desktop Wallpaper This week s theme is another stretch of the Thames Path using photos taken between Greenwich and the Thames Barrier I went for a walk up there a couple of weekends ago but with outdoor temperatures soaring well past 30C and little cloud cover I was only able to spend a couple of hours out with the camera before getting burned to a crisp Today s choice is a bit different to my usual style but hopefully it ll catch your eye as much as it did mine Recent visitors to O2 Arena aka The Dome probably won t have wandered around to the south west side far away from the Olympic venue and all the places to eat and drink where everything is covered in a thick layer of grey dust from nearby construction work If you re reading this in the RSS feed my original blog post also includes a Google map showing where this photo was taken Unfortunately I haven t managed to get the map to appear yet in the RSS feed so for now you ll have to click through to my blog if you want to see the map Sorry Copyright c Stuart Herbert Blog Twitter Facebook Photography Merthyr Road Daily Desktop Wallpaper 25 9 Twitter Be the first to leave a comment Desktop Wallpaper Barbed Wire Against The Sky Posted by Stuart Herbert on August 29th 2012 in Desktop Wallpaper This week s theme is another stretch of the Thames Path using photos taken between Greenwich and the Thames Barrier I went for a walk up there a couple of weekends ago but with outdoor temperatures soaring well past 30C and little cloud cover I was only able to spend a couple of hours out with the camera before getting burned to a crisp My wallpaper today is this shot of some barbed wire against the blue summer sky As someone who s only really used to central London it was quite a surprise to see just how industrial the Thames still is out at Greenwich Much of the river is fenced off with plenty of barbed wire to prevent access If you re reading this in the RSS feed my original blog post also includes a Google map showing where this photo was taken Unfortunately I haven t managed to get the map to appear yet in the RSS feed so for now you ll have to click through to my blog if you want to see the map Sorry Copyright c Stuart Herbert Blog Twitter Facebook Photography Merthyr Road Daily Desktop Wallpaper 25 9 Twitter Be the first to leave a comment Desktop Wallpaper Silver Telegraph Pole Posted by Stuart Herbert on August 28th 2012 in Desktop Wallpaper I hope you had a great bank holiday weekend Ours was punctuated by a midnight car crash when a young couple crashed their car into the front garden of the friends we were staying with Thankfully both occupants got out alive at

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    Photography My theme this week is our visit to the Farne Island s back in September 2010 We took one of the many popular tourist boat trips from Seahouses on the Northumberland coast landing on Inner Farne after cruising around the islands We had an hour on Inner Farne itself and towards the end many of the tourists made their way down to the small harbour to sit on the beach and wait for the boarding to begin The sand here was pretty dry keeping only a hint of the footprints as we passed over it Copyright c Stuart Herbert Blog Twitter Facebook Photography Merthyr Road Daily Desktop Wallpaper 25 9 Twitter If you re reading this in the RSS feed my original blog post also includes a Google map showing where this photo was taken Unfortunately I haven t managed to get the map to appear yet in the RSS feed so for now you ll have to click through to my blog if you want to see the map Sorry Be the first to leave a comment Desktop Wallpaper Do Not Lean On Fence Posted by Stuart Herbert on April 5th 2011 in Desktop Wallpaper Travel Photography My theme this week is our visit to the Farne Island s back in September 2010 We took one of the many popular tourist boat trips from Seahouses on the Northumberland coast landing on Inner Farne after cruising around the islands From the boat we got to see impressive sea stacks and once landed on Inner Farne we were free to wander up to the top of them along the coastline They are roped off with a very sturdy steel cable fence and I don t know about you but I d do what the sign says Copyright c Stuart Herbert Blog Twitter Facebook Photography Merthyr Road Daily Desktop Wallpaper 25 9 Twitter If you re reading this in the RSS feed my original blog post also includes a Google map showing where this photo was taken Unfortunately I haven t managed to get the map to appear yet in the RSS feed so for now you ll have to click through to my blog if you want to see the map Sorry Be the first to leave a comment Desktop Wallpaper Marker Stone Posted by Stuart Herbert on April 4th 2011 in Desktop Wallpaper Travel Photography My theme this week is our visit to the Farne Island s back in September 2010 We took one of the many popular tourist boat trips from Seahouses on the Northumberland coast landing on Inner Farne after cruising around the islands All around Inner Farne you ll find these small white marker stones The TH stands for Trinity House who operate the Farne lighthouse remotely from Harwich in Essex Copyright c Stuart Herbert Blog Twitter Facebook Photography Merthyr Road Daily Desktop Wallpaper 25 9 Twitter If you re reading this in the RSS feed my original blog post also includes a Google map showing

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    out at the time I also think that next year the Wales blogging community should run the awards ourselves I m confident that between us we can run a much more credible and objective selection process than we saw happen this year Sadly October saw the end of regular Merthyr Road articles I still have a substantial archive of photos dating back several years to publish and blog about but things have been so hectic at work since returning from holiday that something had to give I ve also come to realise that my mobility issues are compromising my original aims for the project and I missed the long walks the follow up research and the longer publishing process of yesteryear I plan on eventually working through my current archive to get it all published in time but I don t think I ll be doing many more Merthyr Road photo shoots going forward To end on a positive note I hit 300 000 views on Flickr towards the end of October The Best Of The Photos Copyright c Stuart Herbert Blog Twitter Facebook Photography Merthyr Road Daily Desktop Wallpaper 25 9 Twitter Be the first to leave a comment 2010 Review And Reflections July And August Posted by Stuart Herbert on December 30th 2010 in The Year In Review It s that time of year again when I look back at 2010 through the lens of my camera covering July and August Stu s Reflections If truth be told I don t really remember much about July and August After several years of hiatus the always enchanting Beyond The Border storytelling festival returned to life We ve been regulars for a few years now and photos from previous visits all the way back to my Nikon D100 days have featured on this blog before It was weird not camping we decided it was better for my knee to sleep in a proper bed every night that s for sure In post processing these photos I started to find my feet with the subtle but important nudges in Aperture that were to define my look for the rest of the year I also tried my hand at something I normally go out of my way to avoid topical photography Although a lot of my Merthyr Road photography is more photo journalism than photo art my natural instinct is to actively avoid trying to photography anything that is current news In general such photos date very badly and everyone loses interest in them within a couple of days Besides there are many thousands of people doing that already There s much fewer of us out there taking photos of what once was it s a gap I d rather focus on most of the time But the controversy over the draining of the Llanishen and Lisvane Reservoirs in Cardiff seemed too important to avoid They re historical reservoirs and so fitted in well with the remit I ve set myself for my Merthyr Road project and they were disappearing as the current site owners appear determined to drain them dry and replace them with a housing estate On reflection it wasn t a great success The photos are hardly inspiring and by the time I published them there wasn t much interest left in the story August started with a tribute to my departed Nikon D200 I d finally grown comfortable enough with the Nikon D300s to part with the D200 a camera I d had since January 2006 I d have had one even earlier if my employer at the time hadn t screwed me over to make a point to other members of staff Needless to say I don t work there any more Other than that August was mostly about being in the groove steadily publishing the photos that had built up from earlier in the year I had a long running series covering the Coryton Line from Coryton itself down to the station at Heath Low Level There were few truly outstanding photos from the set but as a record of the line in 2010 I m confident it will pass the test of time and be a fine example of what my Merthyr Road project is really about Towards the end of August I finally started to process and publish the photos from our summer 2009 holiday the holiday where we d been hurt in the car accident I hadn t been expecting much from the photos we d taken it was a pleasant surprise at just how many I was happy to publish Oh and I managed to find and post my oldest surviving digital photograph which is still one of the best I ve taken so far of my cat The Best Of The Photos Copyright c Stuart Herbert Blog Twitter Facebook Photography Merthyr Road Daily Desktop Wallpaper 25 9 Twitter Be the first to leave a comment 2010 Review And Reflections July And August Posted by Stuart Herbert on December 30th 2010 in The Year In Review It s that time of year again when I look back at 2010 through the lens of my camera covering July and August Stu s Reflections If truth be told I don t really remember much about July and August After several years of hiatus the always enchanting Beyond The Border storytelling festival returned to life We ve been regulars for a few years now and photos from previous visits all the way back to my Nikon D100 days have featured on this blog before It was weird not camping we decided it was better for my knee to sleep in a proper bed every night that s for sure In post processing these photos I started to find my feet with the subtle but important nudges in Aperture that were to define my look for the rest of the year I also tried my hand at something I normally go out of my way to avoid topical photography Although a lot of my Merthyr Road photography is more photo journalism than photo art my natural instinct is to actively avoid trying to photography anything that is current news In general such photos date very badly and everyone loses interest in them within a couple of days Besides there are many thousands of people doing that already There s much fewer of us out there taking photos of what once was it s a gap I d rather focus on most of the time But the controversy over the draining of the Llanishen and Lisvane Reservoirs in Cardiff seemed too important to avoid They re historical reservoirs and so fitted in well with the remit I ve set myself for my Merthyr Road project and they were disappearing as the current site owners appear determined to drain them dry and replace them with a housing estate On reflection it wasn t a great success The photos are hardly inspiring and by the time I published them there wasn t much interest left in the story August started with a tribute to my departed Nikon D200 I d finally grown comfortable enough with the Nikon D300s to part with the D200 a camera I d had since January 2006 I d have had one even earlier if my employer at the time hadn t screwed me over to make a point to other members of staff Needless to say I don t work there any more Other than that August was mostly about being in the groove steadily publishing the photos that had built up from earlier in the year I had a long running series covering the Coryton Line from Coryton itself down to the station at Heath Low Level There were few truly outstanding photos from the set but as a record of the line in 2010 I m confident it will pass the test of time and be a fine example of what my Merthyr Road project is really about Towards the end of August I finally started to process and publish the photos from our summer 2009 holiday the holiday where we d been hurt in the car accident I hadn t been expecting much from the photos we d taken it was a pleasant surprise at just how many I was happy to publish Oh and I managed to find and post my oldest surviving digital photograph which is still one of the best I ve taken so far of my cat The Best Of The Photos Copyright c Stuart Herbert Blog Twitter Facebook Photography Merthyr Road Daily Desktop Wallpaper 25 9 Twitter Be the first to leave a comment 2010 Review and Reflections May and June Posted by Stuart Herbert on December 29th 2010 in The Year In Review It s that time of year again when I look back at 2010 through the lens of my camera covering May and June Stu s Reflections Ah May and a parting of the ways After many years of faithful service my Nikon D200 was finally retired and replaced by the excellent Nikon D300s By now I had a growing collection of prime lenses and was finding out the hard way that shooting with manual focus through the viewfinder was a bit of a lottery The D300s featured Live View a feature Mrs H had taken great delight in showing off on her Canon EOS 500D and which I realised my photography would really benefit from There was also the added advantage that the D300s captures reds a lot better than the D200 although sadly it turns out that comes at the expense of its ability to see green properly The other good news was a breakthrough with my knee injury at the end of April thanks to an osteopath who listened to me where my consultant had ignored the symptoms I d reported I still couldn t get far which forced me to switch my Merthyr Road photography from long walks through the countryside to short bursts in urban areas where the density of opportunity was much greater but at least I could get out with the new camera The highlight for publishing in May was our first return to the Eden Project in several years On arrival I was both stunned and secretly very pleased to find that they still use one of my photos for their guidebook It was a beautiful day and an inspiring one but one that left me with a dilemma for much of the year after I snagged what I felt was far and away the single best photo I d ever taken June saw a shift with my photography with me starting to publish more new photos and a reduction in me featuring older photos that had already been published on Flickr I was starting to enjoy the challenge of taking enough new photos to keep the desktop wallpaper project going inspired largely by the monthly competitions that the Guardian Cardiff folks started to run via their Twitter group I felt that I was learning to find more and more photos in smaller areas making the most of the limited mobility I had And the light was proving to be surprisingly excellent too which helped enormously The highlight in June was our trip up to the Pont yr Daf bridge which had been uncovered from its watery grave by the hot weather and drought Being able to walk around the bed of the reservoir was one thing but being able to make our way along the retaining wall and peer into the sluice gates left high and dry was quite another All in all May and June proved to be two thoroughly enjoyable months out and about with the camera resulting in many more photos than I was able to publish at the time The Best Of The Photos Copyright c Stuart Herbert Blog Twitter Facebook Photography Merthyr Road Daily Desktop Wallpaper 25 9 Twitter Be the first to leave a comment 2010 Review and Reflections May and June Posted by Stuart Herbert on December 29th 2010 in The Year In Review It s that time of year again when I look back at 2010 through the lens of my camera covering May and June Stu s Reflections Ah May and a parting of the ways After many years of faithful service my Nikon D200 was finally retired and replaced by the excellent Nikon D300s By now I had a growing collection of prime lenses and was finding out the hard way that shooting with manual focus through the viewfinder was a bit of a lottery The D300s featured Live View a feature Mrs H had taken great delight in showing off on her Canon EOS 500D and which I realised my photography would really benefit from There was also the added advantage that the D300s captures reds a lot better than the D200 although sadly it turns out that comes at the expense of its ability to see green properly The other good news was a breakthrough with my knee injury at the end of April thanks to an osteopath who listened to me where my consultant had ignored the symptoms I d reported I still couldn t get far which forced me to switch my Merthyr Road photography from long walks through the countryside to short bursts in urban areas where the density of opportunity was much greater but at least I could get out with the new camera The highlight for publishing in May was our first return to the Eden Project in several years On arrival I was both stunned and secretly very pleased to find that they still use one of my photos for their guidebook It was a beautiful day and an inspiring one but one that left me with a dilemma for much of the year after I snagged what I felt was far and away the single best photo I d ever taken June saw a shift with my photography with me starting to publish more new photos and a reduction in me featuring older photos that had already been published on Flickr I was starting to enjoy the challenge of taking enough new photos to keep the desktop wallpaper project going inspired largely by the monthly competitions that the Guardian Cardiff folks started to run via their Twitter group I felt that I was learning to find more and more photos in smaller areas making the most of the limited mobility I had And the light was proving to be surprisingly excellent too which helped enormously The highlight in June was our trip up to the Pont yr Daf bridge which had been uncovered from its watery grave by the hot weather and drought Being able to walk around the bed of the reservoir was one thing but being able to make our way along the retaining wall and peer into the sluice gates left high and dry was quite another All in all May and June proved to be two thoroughly enjoyable months out and about with the camera resulting in many more photos than I was able to publish at the time The Best Of The Photos Copyright c Stuart Herbert Blog Twitter Facebook Photography Merthyr Road Daily Desktop Wallpaper 25 9 Twitter Be the first to leave a comment 2010 Review and Reflections March and April Posted by Stuart Herbert on December 28th 2010 in Photos The Year In Review It s that time of year again when I look back at 2010 through the lens of my camera covering March and April Stu s Reflections By March Mrs H had done the unthinkable and swapped all of her Nikon gear for a Canon EOS 500D and lenses Canon make excellent sensors but I m sure I m not alone in considering their kit to be more portable hand held scanner than an actual camera and that s before I start dissing their lenses Needless to say our relationship has never been quite the same since but this unexpected move proved to be the catalyst for a large change in my photography Kristi s move to Canon was part of her deciding to take her photography much more seriously than she had to date She was rightly deeply frustrated with the image quality and handling characteristics of her aging Nikon D70s and over the coming months the massive improvement in quality from her new Canon rig made me realise that it was time to make some changes of my own I d finished 2010 with an excellent range of Nikon zoom lenses but hadn t solved a key problem My rig worked well in bright conditions but wasn t well suited to photography in darker conditions without a tripod My tripod had been destroyed in the car accident in 2009 and needed replacing I d looked at Nikon bodies that did well in low light the D700 especially but none of my lenses would have worked with the FX sensor in the D700 ruling that out for now The answer was to invest in fast glass and that meant prime lenses They re much lighter than fast zooms and much much cheaper I started with Nikon s excellent 50mm f 1 4D lens It was to be the start of a transformation March also saw the start of what was to become the major photography project of 2010 my Desktop Wallpaper project It all started out as a way of me enjoying the photos I d taken which I then started sharing with colleages and friends via Twitter and then eventually via this blog And Apple finally added support for the Panasonic G1 allowing me to publish a very belated review But the highlight was perhaps our fortunate trip up to Hadrian s Wall to see it illuminated by beacons for the first time in 1600 years We d actually gone up to

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    colour even if the final images are to be in black and white It gives you more options because you have all those colours available to adjust those options are gone if you shoot straight to black and white One example is this image taken from on top of the viaduct I adjusted the blues in the photo first to ensure that the wet stone that s in focus matched the tone of the rest of the wall as it disappears into the distance Pixel count does matter to a point My photo of a man walking his dog is a crop taken from the top corner of the original image It s such a small crop there s hardly any more detail to be had from the shot This image would have benefited from a few extra megapixels Explore a little When I arrived at the viaduct I didn t know about the old bridge slightly upstream But I m glad I spotted it and made my way down to it In the end I got more good photos from the walk down to that bridge and back than I did from my original planned journey across the viaduct 2 comments Taking A Look At Aperture Posted by Stuart Herbert on January 12th 2007 in Equipment When considering whether to go with Lightroom or Aperture there are currently two major points in my mind against Lightroom Silly as it may sound Lightroom hasn t actually been released yet It s still a work in progress although it should appear by the end of February when the current beta expires and as such isn t complete The beta s a cracking piece of software and a real joy to use I m sure I m not the only one eagerly anticipating the version 1 release but I think that it s just too early in Lightroom s evolution to commit to it and I m really looking to pick a package that I ll be committed to for several years to come The second thing I keep coming back to is project management I m very much the amateur photographer but my photography does have a definite purpose to it if not definite results I have my photos organised on disk by import date but that scheme doesn t scale too well I think it stopped working for me at about 5 000 photos and I think it stopped working for Kristi a good deal sooner than that Although Lightroom will surely improve in this area today this isn t the product s strongpoint by any means My initial impression of Lightroom was fantastic using it to process Kristi s photos from the National Museum of Wales in the museum s coffee shop the same morning and if it had been onsale via electronic download I would probably have parted with my cash there and then But the more I think about what I need to help improve my enjoyment

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    showing where this photo was taken Unfortunately I haven t managed to get the map to appear yet in the RSS feed so for now you ll have to click through to my blog if you want to see the map Sorry Be the first to leave a comment Merthyr Road Cardiff Railway North Out Of Taffs Well Posted by Stuart Herbert on September 9th 2010 in A4054 Merthyr Road Cardiff Railway Coal Modern Photos Shoot Taffs Well Walking Routes North of Coryton Railway Station the old Cardiff Railway is long gone the track ripped up stations demolished But it would be wrong to say that there s nothing left of the old line that once made an ambitious and far from simple route up the valley snaking over and under everything that had already gone before in an attempt to provide another way for coal to make it from Pontypridd down to the docks at Cardiff The single most spectacular section is the nature trail that leads immediately north of Coryton Railway Station up to Longwood Drive where in days gone by Cardiff Railway was carried over Middle Lock by a bridge Then there s some surviving hints where the Cardiff Railway was carried underneath the Rhymney Railway now the Taff Trail cycle path from Taffs Well to Nantgarw And then Cardiff Railway re appears through Taffs Well and out to Nantgarw The section out to Nantgarw has in recent years been revived as a pedestrian and cycle way with a new bridge laid across the A4054 to replace the old railway bridge that is long gone In May of 2009 I went out to the bridge with my Nikon D200 to capture the site as it stands today I hope you enjoy it The Photos When it was still in existence Cardiff Railway used to run through Taffs Well and then out and over the old A4054 Merthyr Road at this spot crossing from right to left before running atop an embankment north to Nantgarw and the coking plant that used to be there before the land was cleared and turned into Treforest Industrial Estate The original railway bridge is long gone but today the old railway trackbed through Taffs Well is a foot path and cycle way which is carried over the A4054 by this modern bridge Looking north from the bridge the path runs atop the old railway embankment You can see from the overexposed area on the left of the shot just how much the light and shade contrasts here Here s a better view of the new bridge over the A4054 taking anyone walking or cycling north out of the shaded path and out into the bright sunlight In the railings leading up to the bridge I spotted these spider webs The route south into Taffs Well from the bridge is best described as shaded Even on a bright day like this one the path is well sheltered from the sun by the retaining wall to the east and the trees growing on both sides I first walked this route quite a few years ago before I had heard of the Glamorganshire Canal or any of the railways that I ve spent so long exploring through the Merthyr Road project One of the first clues that there was a lost industrial heritage all around us that I was ignorant of came along this very track where an old crossing point over the old railway still exists Half hidden in the bushes besides the old crossing is this sign Beware of trains The style is one I recognise from the old coal railways of my youth in Yorkshire It was this sign and one just like it up in Treforest that first made me wonder about what used to be here in the valleys before everything we see today The former railway crossing leads to this house and what looks like a former church or chapel just behind it Copyright c Stuart Herbert blog twitter photography all facebook Merthyr Road project all If you re reading this in the RSS feed my original blog post also includes a Google map showing where this photo was taken Unfortunately I haven t managed to get the map to appear yet in the RSS feed so for now you ll have to click through to my blog if you want to see the map Sorry 3 comments Merthyr Road Coryton Railway Station Posted by Stuart Herbert on July 29th 2010 in A4054 Merthyr Road Cardiff Cardiff Railway Coal Modern Photos Shoot Earlier in 2010 I decided to spend a Sunday exploring the railway stations of the Coryton Line This is the surviving section of the Bute s Cardiff Railway the last of the great railways built to bring coal down to the Cardiff docks I m sure I read somewhere that the Bute s original intention was to run this railway along the route of the Glamorganshire Canal which the Marquis had earlier bought but that ultimately he wasn t allowed to close the canal and so had to come up with an alternative route for his railway Today the Coryton Line is a single track commuter run that swings east to west across the north of Cardiff There are no services on a Sunday making it the perfect day to explore these stations The Photos This is the northern end of the Coryton Line the surviving segment of the Cardiff Railway s torturous and ultimately unsuccessful route up into the valleys in competition for carrying Rhondda and Merthyr coal Today just beyond the fence there s a short about 20 mins or so but beautiful walk along the old trackbed up to Longwood Drive The bridge in the background carries the A4054 the original Merthyr Road before the A470 was built in the late 1960 s over the old route of the Cardiff Railway Copyright c Stuart Herbert blog twitter photography all facebook Merthyr Road project all

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    all If you re reading this in the RSS feed my original blog post also includes a Google map showing where this photo was taken Unfortunately I haven t managed to get the map to appear yet in the RSS feed so for now you ll have to click through to my blog if you want to see the map Sorry Be the first to leave a comment Merthyr Road Gabalfa Roundabout Posted by Stuart Herbert on July 23rd 2010 in A469 A470 Trunk Road A48 Cardiff Modern Photos Shoot The Gabalfa Roundabout and Flyover marks the coming together of three of Cardiff s most important road arteries the A470 down from Merthyr Tydfil and junction 32 of the M4 motorway the A469 down from Llanishen and Caerphilly the A48 Western Avenue from Llandaff and Canton and the A48 Eastern Avenue out to junction 29 of the M4 The roundabout and flyover were built during the late 1960 s and early 1970 s around the same time as the A470 trunk road up to Merthyr Tydfil and the Heath Hospital that is adjacent to the roundabout The Photos For many drivers travelling south into Cardiff from Caerphilly Merthyr Tydfil or just from Junction 32 of the M4 motorway this is their main view of the Gabalfa roundabout the flyover that takes you over the A48 and down towards Maindy and Cathays Beside the flyover runs this sliproad that drivers use to go down to the Gabalfa roundabout From here you can go east onto the A48 and or into the Heath Hospital west onto the A48 Western Avenue towards the large Tescos and the turnings to Llandaff and Canton or south down towards what eventually becomes City Road Because the A470 intersects north south and the A48 intersects east west at the Gabalfa roundabout there are pedestrian walkways across the roundabout reached by subways like this one This shot shows the sliproad down to Gabalfa roundabout from the foot of the A469 It s normally a little busier than this but in recent months traffic around this area and on the A470 into Cardiff has seemed lighter to me perhaps due to the very high price of petrol at this time The flyover at Gabalfa roundabout carries the A470 over the A48 It also carries the road over the pedestrian route across the roundabout too The flyover at Gabalfa roundabout carries the A470 over this road the A48 The A48 runs from junction 29 of the M4 in the east out to Culverhouse Cross in the west making it one of the major arteries of Cardiff It s normally a little busier than is shown here Copyright c Stuart Herbert blog twitter photography all facebook Merthyr Road project all If you re reading this in the RSS feed my original blog post also includes a Google map showing where this photo was taken Unfortunately I haven t managed to get the map to appear yet in the RSS feed so

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    It also carries the road over the pedestrian route across the roundabout too The flyover at Gabalfa roundabout carries the A470 over this road the A48 The A48 runs from junction 29 of the M4 in the east out to Culverhouse Cross in the west making it one of the major arteries of Cardiff It s normally a little busier than is shown here Copyright c Stuart Herbert blog twitter photography all facebook Merthyr Road project all If you re reading this in the RSS feed my original blog post also includes a Google map showing where this photo was taken Unfortunately I haven t managed to get the map to appear yet in the RSS feed so for now you ll have to click through to my blog if you want to see the map Sorry Be the first to leave a comment Merthyr Road The Aneurin Bevan Posted by Stuart Herbert on July 21st 2010 in A469 A470 Trunk Road A48 Cardiff Modern Photos Shoot This unusual building stands on the roundabout formed where the A470 down from Merthyr meets the A469 down from Caerphilly It s currently a Weatherspoon pub called the Aneurin Bevan after the founder of the National Health Service but it is a site that frequently changes hands I ve been unable to track down online anything about the older history of this site and especially whether this building pre dates the construction of the Gabalfa roundabout or not If you know please do let me know Copyright c Stuart Herbert blog twitter photography all facebook Merthyr Road project all If you re reading this in the RSS feed my original blog post also includes a Google map showing where this photo was taken Unfortunately I haven t managed to get the map to appear yet in the RSS feed so for now you ll have to click through to my blog if you want to see the map Sorry Be the first to leave a comment Desktop Wallpaper Burnished Copper of the Millennium Centre Posted by Stuart Herbert on July 20th 2010 in A470 Trunk Road Bute Docks Cardiff Desktop Wallpaper Glamorganshire Canal Modern Taff Trail Download the full size picture to use as your desktop wallpaper Continuing this week s theme of great slabs of single colour my desktop wallpaper today is this shot of the wonderful copper roof of Cardiff Bay s Millennium Centre There s something about the rich look of burnished copper Definitely something I could look at all day long Copyright c Stuart Herbert blog twitter photography all facebook Merthyr Road project all If you re reading this in the RSS feed my original blog post also includes a Google map showing where this photo was taken Unfortunately I haven t managed to get the map to appear yet in the RSS feed so for now you ll have to click through to my blog if you want to see the map Sorry Be the first to leave a comment Merthyr Road Securing The Gate At Caedelyn Park Posted by Stuart Herbert on July 7th 2010 in A470 Trunk Road Cardiff Leisure Modern Photos Shoot If you regularly drive into and out of Cardiff along the A470 you ve probably noticed that hidden just behind the houses to the east is a sizeable open area Bounded to the north by the Coryton line the surviving stretch of the old Cardiff Railway line and to the south east by Rhydwaedlyd Brook stands Caedelyn Park The brook itself is largely fenced off presumably because of the amount of children who play in the park and at one point along the fence is a little slipway down into the brook This slipway is secured by the gate shown in this photo and its rather eye catching green sheathed security cable References http www cardiff gov uk content asp parent directory id 2865 id 408 pagetype keyword Copyright c 2010 Stuart Herbert blog twitter photography all If you re reading this in the RSS feed my original blog post also includes a Google map showing where this photo was taken Unfortunately I haven t managed to get the map to appear yet in the RSS feed so for now you ll have to click through to my blog if you want to see the map Sorry Be the first to leave a comment Merthyr Road The Rooftops Of Cilfynydd Posted by Stuart Herbert on June 28th 2010 in A4054 Merthyr Road A470 Trunk Road Coal Glamorganshire Canal Modern Photos Pontypridd Shoot Cilfynydd today stands on the northern edge of Pontypridd as it creeps up the Taff valley towards Abercynon and beyond to Merthyr Tydfil It sits to the east of the route of the Glamorganshire Canal now buried beneath the A470 trunk road Most of the old terraced housing was built between 1884 and 1910 with the population exploding from a hundred or so people to over 3 500 This sudden population of what was originally a farming hamlet was driven by the opening of the Albion Colliery closed 1966 today is the site of Pontypridd High School in 1887 The village suffered great tragedy and loss in 1894 when 290 men and boys were killed by a massive underground explosion in the colliery References http en wikipedia org wiki Cilfynydd Copyright c 2010 Stuart Herbert blog twitter photography all 6 comments Merthyr Road Low Water Levels At Llwyn Onn Reservoir Posted by Stuart 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    the construction of the bypass began Copyright c Stuart Herbert Blog Twitter Facebook Photography Merthyr Road Daily Desktop Wallpaper 25 9 Twitter If you re reading this in the RSS feed my original blog post also includes a Google map showing where this photo was taken Unfortunately I haven t managed to get the map to appear yet in the RSS feed so for now you ll have to click through to my blog if you want to see the map Sorry Be the first to leave a comment Merthyr Road Danger Of Death Posted by Stuart Herbert on March 14th 2011 in A473 Barry Railway Church Village Modern Tonteg Seen during a recent visit to Tonteg Junction a former railway route converted into the Church Village bypass At the time of publishing Google Maps still shows Tonteg Junction as it was before the construction of the bypass began Copyright c Stuart Herbert Blog Twitter Facebook Photography Merthyr Road Daily Desktop Wallpaper 25 9 Twitter If you re reading this in the RSS feed my original blog post also includes a Google map showing where this photo was taken Unfortunately I haven t managed to get the map to appear yet in the RSS feed so for now you ll have to click through to my blog if you want to see the map Sorry Be the first to leave a comment Single Shot Series East Glamorgan Hospital Posted by Stuart Herbert on March 18th 2010 in A473 Church Village Medical Merthyr Road Modern Photos Shoot Driving home from doing the shopping this afternoon Kristi spotted this chimney out of the corner of her eye Naturally we just had to go and investigate and with the last light of the day we managed to snag this photo of what was once the East Glamorgan Hospital Built during World War II the hospital was finally closed in 1999 after the opening of the new Royal Glamorgan Hospital over to the north west of Llantrisant Sadly the handover did not go as smoothly as one would like with human tissue samples reportedly discovered by the workmen who came to clear the site and with patients of the mental health unit left with nowhere to move to Today most of the site has been cleared for a large housing estate but the iconic chimney still remains Searching online it isn t clear what the site is used for today the road shown in the picture has a sign insisting that the place is private and off limits which we respected bearing the title of the Pontypridd and Rhondda NHS Trust Their website is still online but the trust itself has been replaced not once but twice a damning inditement of the inefficiency in government run organisations over the lifetime of the current government If you re able to shed some light onto what this site is used for today please leave a comment below 6 comments Single Shot Series The Leafy Road To

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