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  • Stuart's Photography - » A48
    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 Merthyr Road Railings To Gabalfa Roundabout Posted by Stuart Herbert on July 16th 2010 in A48 Cardiff Modern Cardiff Council has recently 2009 remodelled the underpasses at Gabalfa Roundabout putting in disabled friendly ramps The ramps have these distinctive handrails down each side and they caught my eye during an early morning visit with my camera 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 Latest Photos Categories A4054 Merthyr Road A469 A470 Trunk Road A473 A48 Abercanaid Administrative Articles Opinion Post Production Barry Barry Docks Barry Railway Brecon and Merthyr Railway Bristol Channel Bute Dock Feeder Bute Docks Caerphilly Cardiff Cardiff Railway Church Village Coal Education Edwardsville Egwlysilan Equipment Financial Font y gary Forest Farm Glamorganshire Canal

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  • Stuart's Photography - » Abercanaid
    turn the burial ground into a residential building I m not religious and when my time comes I d rather be cremated I don t particularly want my remains to go into the ground But on the flip side there are plenty of other folks who feel differently and I was certainly distressed that the local authorities had allowed the burial ground to end up in the condition it is in today It s my intention to return to Graig Road over the coming months to make a record of the building that Glenn will build on this spot I m curious to see what sort of house ends up there It s not often you stumble across a small piece of history in time to record it happening Favourite Photo From The Shoot This photo showing one of the surviving gravestones with the house on the opposite side of Graig Road is my favourite photo from this shoot I like the crispness of the image and the general tonal range of the shot although the blown highlight of the side of the building lets it down a bit Three Lessons From The Shoot Shoot enough coverage Lord knows I didn t I only have one shot of the plot as a whole and only one shot showing where the plot sits in relation to its surroundings That simply isn t enough I ll be going back as soon as opportunity allows to bag some additional shots to complete this shoot Pay attention to your highlight warnings Most of the scenes that I shot of the weekend contained shadows and highlights that stretched my D200 beyond its limits It s easy enough in Aperture to recover information from the shadows but blown highlights simply don t contain any information at all The usual technique for dealing with this problem is to fit a neutral density gradiated filter aka an ND grad I don t have any ND grads to fit the large diameter of my Sigma 15 30mm lens Instead I stopped down by a third or often more to try and limit the blown highlights to just the open sky instead Don t limit yourself to just one attempt at a shot I m not saying go snap happy I don t believe in the idea of quantity over quality but do remember that you re shooting digitally You can take as many shots as you want and all it costs you worst case is a little bit of time to edit out the really rubbish ones on site to avoid having no room to take any more shots If like me you prefer to shoot in RAW mode 8 Gb cards are now very affordable I reckon you could fit something like 600 compressed RAW images on a single 8 Gb card Post Production The workflow I briefly mentioned a few weeks ago is working out well for me I ve picked up a copy of ScreenSteps and

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  • Stuart's Photography - » Administrative
    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 Latest Photos Categories A4054 Merthyr Road A469 A470 Trunk Road A473 A48 Abercanaid Administrative Articles Opinion Post Production Barry Barry Docks Barry Railway Brecon and Merthyr Railway Bristol Channel Bute Dock Feeder Bute Docks Caerphilly Cardiff Cardiff Railway Church Village Coal Education Edwardsville Egwlysilan Equipment Financial Font y gary Forest Farm Glamorganshire Canal Great Western Railway Gwaelod y Garth Hawthorn and Upper Boat Historical Iron Steel Junction Canal Leisure Llwyn Onn Local Sites South Wales M4 Motorway Manufacturing Margam Maritime Media Medical Melingriffith Melingriffith Feeder Merthyr Road By Era By Water Merthyr Tydfil Merthyr Vale Miscellaneous Sidings And Other Routes Modern Morganstown Nantgarw Navigation Modern day Abercynon News Penarth Pentyrch and Melingriffith Light Railway Photos 25 9 Caught My Eye Desktop Wallpaper Favourites Other Shots Recommendations Single Shot Series Tablet Wallpaper The Year In Review Travel Photography Pontygwaith Pontypridd Pontypridd Caerphilly and Newport Railway Quakers Yard Quakers Yard and Merthyr Joint Railway Quarrying Radyr Rhymney Railway River Ely River Rhondda River Taff Shoot Shopping Taff Trail Taff Vale Railway Modern day Valley Lines Taffs Well Technique Tin Works Tongwynlais Tonteg Tramroad Treforest Treforest Industrial Estate Turnpike Old Road Uncategorized Walking Routes Archives August 2015 October 2014 April 2014 March 2014 August 2013 July 2013 May 2013 April 2013 March 2013 February 2013 January 2013 December 2012 September 2012 August 2012 February 2012 August 2011 July 2011 June 2011 May 2011 April

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  • Stuart's Photography - » Articles
    If you replace a DSLR with a different kind of camera does anything become easier Well in a word no At no time in any of those photos was the DSLR adding any complexity to the shot If anything the DSLR often made these shots easier I m not sure that any of them could have been duplicated on a camera phone or on a compact camera that didn t offer full control over shutter and aperture speed And several of those shots benefitted from being able to use lenses that you can t get on camera phones or compact cameras The complexity is inherent to photography as an art medium and is down to physics light and composition artistic taste All that the DSLR does is expose you to that complexity Nothing more Other Points In Favour Of DSLRs The DSLR platform brings some important advantages over other types of camera I ve already mentioned physics the gathering of light and the capture of light whilst controlling noise Indoors late at night or more northernly or southernly you go this becomes more and more important It s nearly always very dark indoors and by definition it s dark outside late at night No surprises there But if you live in Canada or the States you might not realise that it s much brighter outdoors there than it is here in Europe We re much further north than you are That makes it much harder to take good photos with smaller kit Phase detection auto focus systems are for me the next advantage of the DSLR platform This is an old technology but it works almost flawlessly And it s fast By contrast contrast based auto focus systems are slow inaccurate and struggle to track subjects well or work in low light I m sure that one day there ll be enough computing power in cameras to overcome these problems but right now they re very hit and miss systems I must not forget manual focus The ability to switch the motor off and dial in the focus entirely by hand is an important artistic tool when combined with manual aperture control Works best if you re lugging around a tripod more bulk Inter changeable lenses are important Other platforms notably micro four thirds also have inter changeable lenses but only the two leading DSLR platforms Nikon and Canon have an extensive range of lenses both from the manufacturer and from third parties such as Sigma And the quality of those lenses oh my I haven t mentioned flash photography as it isn t something I do But it s another area where the DSLR platform offers a major advantage over other camera types DSLRs are very versatile tools You can mix and match bodies and lenses to optimise for the kind of photography that you enjoy the most This is all good stuff but it isn t what prompted me to post in defence of the humble DSLR Final Thoughts I work in tech and it pays for my photography hobby Over the last few years there s been a steady rise of a culture that I wasn t aware of before Somehow it s become acceptable not to know what you re doing or how anything works Sometimes it s presented slightly differently that s there s far too much for anyone to know but the sentiment is the same We re moving from the days of the meta ignorant to an active cult of the ignorant As many of the people I follow on Twitter work in tech it is this culture spilling over into photography that I saw this afternoon And honestly I m deeply deeply uncomfortable with the notion It isn t a culture that I grok Because I don t understand it I don t want to call bullshit on it and I don t want to call people out who promote this culture I don t walk in their shoes and I don t see things through their eyes I don t know what the barriers are that are stopping you from learning the things that I have been able to learn The best I can do is offer to teach what I know So if there s enough interest I ll make the time to put together an easy step by step course to the humble DSLR and basic digital photography It ll be a group course run online and there will be plenty of homework involved Just let me know if this is something you want Be the first to leave a comment Why I m Switching From Aperture To Lightroom Posted by Stuart Herbert on September 1st 2012 in Opinion Post Production Yesterday was pay day and one of the first things that I did was to buy a licence for Adobe s Lightroom After many years and tens of thousands of photos I ve decided that I ve just had enough of Apple s Aperture If you don t have the time to read the full article my reasons can be summarised as Aperture has become far too slow to enjoy On the exact same hardware Lightroom is much quicker even with much larger files I m not happy any more with the colours that I m getting in photos after post processing with Aperture No such problems with Lightroom to date I m fed up to the back teeth of Aperture continuously crashing on me in recent weeks Aperture The Digital Processing Pioneer Apple s Aperture is one of the true pioneers of digital photography processing thanks to its introduction of non destructive editing and extensive tagging and metadata support from the very beginning I remember buying it at the same time that I bought my first MacBook Pro because there was nothing else remotely comparable to it Adobe had made Lightroom available as a free beta at the time in competition with Aperture but it would be

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  • Stuart's Photography - » Post-Production
    wife is also an amateur photographer and she gave up on Aperture long before I did over the performance issues She runs her Aperture Library off her internal drive much faster than USB 2 or FireWire 800 and has a fraction of the photos than I do Yet she sees the same problems that I do Aperture Off Colour And Looking Very Unwell Perhaps even more importantly though I ve decided that I m just not happy with the results of post processing photos using Aperture any more In the last two years something s changed something that I just can t put my finger on and the colours in my most recent photos that have been fed through Aperture just lack a tonal subtlety that I can t find The photos from our holiday in Northumberland show all the colour life that I could want especially this shot of green ivy on the wall in Berwick Harbour but shots like this one of Coad y Lan Lower Comprehensive School Tyfica Road from earlier this year just don t have it any longer The exact same kit was used to take both photos and they were processed and proofed on the same screens The only difference was the version of Aperture used and how much I no longer enjoy using Aperture I think that Aperture has to be a contender for the worst piece of software that Apple make today And I ve reached the point where I m happy to abandon it and try something else Especially after a recent demo of Lightroom put things into perspective Lightroom Running Circles Around Aperture One of the guys in the office is a budding professional photographer One day he was kind enough to bring in some kit that I was thinking about purchasing but as we did some test shots to help me evaluate the camera and lenses what really surprised me was watching him processing photos on his MacBook Air using Lightroom Apple s MacBook Air makes a couple of important sacrifices in order to slim down enough to fit inside an envelope Older models don t have a lot of RAM and they don t have dedicated graphics chips for Aperture and Lightroom to offload processing work to They have to make do with the integrated graphics on the CPU and make do is putting it politely And yet Lightroom seemed to be running very happily despite these constraints with its library stored on an external drive plugged into the slower USB 2 port handling much larger JPEGs off a Canon 5D mk3 compared to the JPEGs off my Nikon D300s Slower computer for image processing Slower storage Larger files Yet much faster to work with I ve spent the last month using the free trial of Lightroom on my own MacBook Pro feeding it JPEGs off my own Canon 5D mk3 The Lightroom library lives on the same external RAID array as Aperture Because of the size difference

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  • Stuart's Photography - » Barry
    Photos Categories A4054 Merthyr Road A469 A470 Trunk Road A473 A48 Abercanaid Administrative Articles Opinion Post Production Barry Barry Docks Barry Railway Brecon and Merthyr Railway Bristol Channel Bute Dock Feeder Bute Docks Caerphilly Cardiff Cardiff Railway Church Village Coal Education Edwardsville Egwlysilan Equipment Financial Font y gary Forest Farm Glamorganshire Canal Great Western Railway Gwaelod y Garth Hawthorn and Upper Boat Historical Iron Steel Junction Canal Leisure Llwyn Onn Local Sites South Wales M4 Motorway Manufacturing Margam Maritime Media Medical Melingriffith Melingriffith Feeder Merthyr Road By Era By Water Merthyr Tydfil Merthyr Vale Miscellaneous Sidings And Other Routes Modern Morganstown Nantgarw Navigation Modern day Abercynon News Penarth Pentyrch and Melingriffith Light Railway Photos 25 9 Caught My Eye Desktop Wallpaper Favourites Other Shots Recommendations Single Shot Series Tablet Wallpaper The Year In Review Travel Photography Pontygwaith Pontypridd Pontypridd Caerphilly and Newport Railway Quakers Yard Quakers Yard and Merthyr Joint Railway Quarrying Radyr Rhymney Railway River Ely River Rhondda River Taff Shoot Shopping Taff Trail Taff Vale Railway Modern day Valley Lines Taffs Well Technique Tin Works Tongwynlais Tonteg Tramroad Treforest Treforest Industrial Estate Turnpike Old Road Uncategorized Walking Routes Archives August 2015 October 2014 April 2014 March 2014 August 2013 July 2013 May 2013 April 2013 March 2013 February 2013 January 2013 December 2012 September 2012 August 2012 February 2012 August 2011 July 2011 June 2011 May 2011 April 2011 March 2011 February 2011 January 2011 December 2010 November 2010 October 2010 September 2010 August 2010 July 2010 June 2010 May 2010 April 2010 March 2010 February 2010 January 2010 September 2009 May 2009 April 2009 February 2009 October 2008 September 2008 June 2008 April 2008 March 2008 February 2008 December 2007 November 2007 October 2007 September 2007 July 2007 June 2007 May 2007 April 2007 March 2007 February

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  • Stuart's Photography - » Barry Docks
    Photos Categories A4054 Merthyr Road A469 A470 Trunk Road A473 A48 Abercanaid Administrative Articles Opinion Post Production Barry Barry Docks Barry Railway Brecon and Merthyr Railway Bristol Channel Bute Dock Feeder Bute Docks Caerphilly Cardiff Cardiff Railway Church Village Coal Education Edwardsville Egwlysilan Equipment Financial Font y gary Forest Farm Glamorganshire Canal Great Western Railway Gwaelod y Garth Hawthorn and Upper Boat Historical Iron Steel Junction Canal Leisure Llwyn Onn Local Sites South Wales M4 Motorway Manufacturing Margam Maritime Media Medical Melingriffith Melingriffith Feeder Merthyr Road By Era By Water Merthyr Tydfil Merthyr Vale Miscellaneous Sidings And Other Routes Modern Morganstown Nantgarw Navigation Modern day Abercynon News Penarth Pentyrch and Melingriffith Light Railway Photos 25 9 Caught My Eye Desktop Wallpaper Favourites Other Shots Recommendations Single Shot Series Tablet Wallpaper The Year In Review Travel Photography Pontygwaith Pontypridd Pontypridd Caerphilly and Newport Railway Quakers Yard Quakers Yard and Merthyr Joint Railway Quarrying Radyr Rhymney Railway River Ely River Rhondda River Taff Shoot Shopping Taff Trail Taff Vale Railway Modern day Valley Lines Taffs Well Technique Tin Works Tongwynlais Tonteg Tramroad Treforest Treforest Industrial Estate Turnpike Old Road Uncategorized Walking Routes Archives August 2015 October 2014 April 2014 March 2014 August 2013 July 2013 May 2013 April 2013 March 2013 February 2013 January 2013 December 2012 September 2012 August 2012 February 2012 August 2011 July 2011 June 2011 May 2011 April 2011 March 2011 February 2011 January 2011 December 2010 November 2010 October 2010 September 2010 August 2010 July 2010 June 2010 May 2010 April 2010 March 2010 February 2010 January 2010 September 2009 May 2009 April 2009 February 2009 October 2008 September 2008 June 2008 April 2008 March 2008 February 2008 December 2007 November 2007 October 2007 September 2007 July 2007 June 2007 May 2007 April 2007 March 2007 February

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  • Stuart's Photography - » Barry Railway
    at the time to talk me out of it Copyright c Stuart Herbert blog twitter photography all facebook Merthyr Road project all Be the first to leave a comment Merthyr Road Cycling Along The Rhymney Railway To Penrhos Cutting Posted by Stuart Herbert on July 26th 2010 in Barry Railway Cardiff Railway Historical Nantgarw Photos Rhymney Railway Shoot Taff Trail Taffs Well In 1858 the Rhymney Railway opened a branch route which ran from the Taff Vale Railway modern Valley Lines route at Walnut Tree Junction modern Taffs Well station up and over the Glamorganshire Canal to Penrhos Cutting where it was joined by the Barry Railway and the Pontypridd Caerphilly and Newport Railway It survived the construction of the A470 trunk road and was in use up until 1984 long after the railroad had constructed the Caerphilly Tunnel in 1871 to provide a much more direct route between the eastern valleys and Cardiff Today it forms a section of the Taff Trail a national cycle path route 8 that runs from Cardiff Bay in the south all the way north to Brecon in the heart of the Brecon Beacons The Photos The Rhymney Railway route starts at Taffs Well railway station with the magnificant Garth behind it The Garth with its three distinctive barrows dominates the skyline looking north from Cardiff At the start of this section of the Taff Trail if instead you want to head south towards Cardiff a route which threads its way through Tongwynlais and then largely follows the River Taff you can pick up refreshments in the village of Taffs Well if you need them Just cross the railway by the nearby bridge If you re heading north along the Rhymney Railway and then either up Penrhos Cutting to Caerphilly or along the Pontypridd Newport and Caerphilly railway route up through Nantgarw your nearest refreshments are some miles away Stocking up first in Taffs Well might be a good idea These lush daisies stand large and proud beside the fence at the start of the route To try and keep the Taff Trail just for walkers and cyclists the route is guarded by gates such as this one They do break up leisure cycling a bit as it s much safer to dismount to navigate but they seem a reasonable compromise to stop dirt bikers abusing the trail The route crosses the major A470 trunk road over a distinctive railway bridge I don t know for certain but I m willing to bet that this bridge is modern and was constructed when the A470 was built in 1969 1970 Note how the A470 was empty when I took this shot I commute up and down this road every weekday and traffic levels have been relatively low for several months Several years ago it wasn t unusual on a morning for this stretch to be completely stuffed with queueing traffic This is what the view is like along the bridge wide and flat with just the offensive graffiti for company Almost immediately beyond the bridge over the A470 the former Rhymney Railway section of the Taff Trail crosses a much older bridge which originally went over the Cardiff Railway The trackbed over the bridge has been tarmaced over but this central divider with its metal studs rivets remains a major feature There s hardly anything left of the Cardiff Railway in the immediate vicinity as much of it was obliterated by the construction of the A470 There s the Cardiff Railway stretch between Coryton and Longwood Drive that I ve covered before and also a stretch through Taffs Well that I haven t yet written up but in between I think this bridge that carried the Rhymney Railway over the Cardiff Railway is about the only bit of the Cardiff Railway that still exists Aways beyond the bridge over the Cardiff Railway a padlocked gate stands across the route There s one of the usual cycle gates beside it so that cyclists and walkers can use the route as normal This section of the Taff Trail is crossed in places by alleyways that disappear into housing estates in one direction and up the hill presumably to the other Taff Trail along the old Barry Railway yes there are two Taff Trails running in parallel here Metal gates bar them to prevent non walkers and non cyclists from abusing the route It would be interesting to dig out some old maps to see whether any of these were here as public footpaths back when the railway was in existence The Rhymney Railway section of the Taff Trail is very green this time of year almost monotonously so Occasional breaks of light like this provide interesting contrasts The contrast of shade and well lit trees beyond can make for eye catching scenes such as this but I imagine that if you re cycling rather than walking you d probably miss them as you whizz by Does anyone know what this sign might be I spotted it half buried in the undergrowth along the route Is it a left over from when the railway was here or something unrelated I ve no idea what this metal post s original function was It stands by the route and is happily rusting away If you can shed some light onto this please leave a comment below I m a bit of a sucker for textures especially when they contrast with a soft background like this one does Here are some old posts I m guessing they were railway fence posts from back in the day standing beside the Taff Trail as it runs along the route of the former Rhymney Railway As you can see this particular stretch is long straight and very green with not a lot to see Not far from the start of Penrhos Cutting the other Taff Trail route which runs along the old Barry Railway line that used to go over Walnut Tree Viaduct joins

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