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  • Stuart's Photography - » Llwyn Onn
    back tomorrow for an extra blog post all of the photos that I took during our visit to Llwyn Onn Reservoir on Sunday And if you can t wait until then you ll find them in my Flickr photostream 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 Where Does The Gate Go Posted by Stuart Herbert on June 24th 2010 in A470 Trunk Road Desktop Wallpaper Llwyn Onn Modern Download the full size picture to use as your desktop wallpaper My choice today is another photo I d normally never have the opportunity to shoot With the water level in the reservoir unusually low we were able to walk out along the reservoir wall to the sluice gates I m the kind of person who sees something you re normally not allowed or able to visit and wonders where it goes and what it looks like This photo does absolutely nothing to answer those questions but I like the mystery it projects too much 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 Post The Sluice Gates At Llwyn Onn Reservoir Posted by Stuart Herbert on June 23rd 2010 in A470 Trunk Road Desktop Wallpaper Llwyn Onn Modern Download the full size picture to use as your desktop wallpaper My choice of desktop wallpaper today continues this week s theme about low water levels in the local reservoir The water levels were low enough that we felt safe walking out along the reservoir wall to go and take a very close look at the sluice gates themselves You can see just how close we got from this somewhat abstract shot By deliberately placing the focus on the front of one of the metal bars and using a very shallow depth of field I ve made the whole thing look like it s just a bit out of reach which makes it a great image to have sat behind my desktop icons for the day 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

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  • Stuart's Photography - » Local Sites
    his blog for places I must add to my must visit list such as St Augustine s Church in Penarth You can find Paul s blog here http www south wales org and subscribe to his RSS feed here If you have a blog about South Wales that you d like me to mention on here please get in touch 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 2011 March

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  • Stuart's Photography - » South Wales
    his blog for places I must add to my must visit list such as St Augustine s Church in Penarth You can find Paul s blog here http www south wales org and subscribe to his RSS feed here If you have a blog about South Wales that you d like me to mention on here please get in touch 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 2011 March

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  • Stuart's Photography - » M4 Motorway
    near as silted up The retaining wall that the bridge must have sprung from can be clearly seen but nothing else remains at all Still I got a bit of a thrill from seeing such a well hidden remnant of the past especially as about 100 yards to the south lies the northern end of the Glamorganshire Canal Local Nature Reserve which is much more frequently visited probably because it s nowhere near as overgrown I ve already made one very short trip to the Glamorganshire Canal Local Nature Reserve I need to make another visit before I have enough photos to publish as a complete shoot To complete the walk leave the canal by the path that leads up the steps and follow the path around the north side of the Esso petrol station This path takes you over a footbridge onto Coryton Roundabout which is fun to explore and out the other side over another footbridge back to the A4054 and into Tongwynlais Although all the paths in this section of the walk are modern and tarmac I managed to lose my footing at one point a combination of muddy boots and water running down the slope of the path Once you re off the roundabout and back in Tongwynlais you should be fine Overall the walk s easy going with no major inclines to worry infrequent walkers There s one set of steps immediately after leaving the canal and the paths are muddy at this time of year You get to see two surviving sections of what was once one of the most important canals in the whole United Kingdom and the early heart of the industrialised South Wales Valleys before the trains took over plus the remains of a bridge that used to carry one of those railways up into the valleys That s not bad for a Sunday stroll Favourite Photo From The Shoot Although the photograph of the Iron Bridge has quickly become the most viewed photograph from this shoot I personally prefer this photo Although it was hardly difficult I m still pleased that I managed to find some remains of the bridge that I set out to find on this walk Further up the valley there are many places where there isn t a single trace of the canal or the bridges that used to cross it Don t get me wrong the A470 makes a huge difference to folks like me who live up in the valleys but there hasn t been any noticable effort apart from the Nantgarw Pottery to preserve at least some memory of the industrial heritage of the 1800 s Maybe even these few remains will be gone within my lifetime it s nice to have a record of what s there today in case they re gone tomorrow Three Lessons From The Shoot Although I originally wanted to pick out specific photography techniques from each shoot the truth is that I don t pay all that

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  • Stuart's Photography - » Manufacturing
    conditions were very difficult for landscape photography with the sun reflecting off the Bristol Channel beyond the South Wales coastline The photos shot facing that way all suffered from limited contrast and colour I ended up converting those to black and white to make the most of them To the east towards Caerphilly and Taffs Well the light was much better well in between the rain drops I was able to get nice crisp shots of most of my subjects and I was able to leave those photos in colour To get up the Garth I recommend hiking up the road from Gwaelod y Garth A couple of sections of the road are steep and like me you might find using a walking stick helps with these bits but for the main it s not too hard on the legs or the knees You can reach Gwaelod y Garth easily from Taffs Well railway station car park by using the footbridge to cross the River Taff Don t be tempted to try a short cut through the new housing estate on the site of the former Pentyrch Iron Works I couldn t find a way through from there to the old village behind it and had to double back And as to what you can see once you get up there Favourite Photo From The Shoot This photo of the General Electric plant at Nantgarw is my favourite photo from this shoot Being up on the Garth provided the perfect elevation to show how GE s factory dominates the entire hill side and the communities that it surrounds I also like the photo of the War Memorial simply because it s a great demonstration how just how much reach the Sigma 80 400 mm lens has and my shot of the Millennium Stadium in the heart of Cardiff because it shows just how central the stadium is Post Production Whilst I was up on the Garth I also took 14 shots of Taff Vale to stitch together into a single panoramic image of Taff Vale At Jon Pearse s recommendation I bought a copy of Calico to do the stitching and I m very happy with the result The beautiful thing about Calico is that it does all the work for you and unlike some competing tools it doesn t complain when you want to stitch 14 images together Now getting the final panoramic shot uploaded to Flickr that was far harder than generating the shot in the first place Found On Flickr This old postcard provides a great view of the Walnut Tree Viaduct with the Garth beyond it With a lot more care and thought into how the heritage of the South Wales valleys could be protected and developed this could have been the view that greeted visitors leaving the M4 bound for the Brecon Beacons I think it s a shame that it isn t so 1 comment Single Shot Series Robert Price Timber and Roofing Taffs Well Posted by Stuart Herbert on May 4th 2007 in A470 Trunk Road Cardiff Railway Manufacturing Merthyr Road Modern Photos Rhymney Railway Taffs Well The start of something a bit different this week When I m out photographing the normally historic subjects and routes for my Merthyr Road project I m always coming across sights that appeal to me as a photographer but which don t really fit in all that well with the photos I choose for the final article published here on my blog Rather than lose these photos I ve decided to give each shot its very own article First up is this shot of Robert Price Timber and Roofing in Taffs Well Their timber yard is bounded on the east by the A470 trunk road and on the south by the former Rhymney Valley Railway line from Walnut Tree Junction the line now forms part of the Taff Trail cycle route Something maybe a tramroad or railway used to run north to south through the ground where their yard now stands There s a surviving bridge that the former Rhymney Valley Railway line crosses on the south side of the timber yard and hunting through the trees to the north of the timber yard there s the remains of something that looks like it could have been a bridge support UPDATE the something is the remains of the Cardiff Railway route from Tongwynlais to Rhydefelin Halt 2 comments Loading The Chains At Brown Lenox Posted by Stuart Herbert on March 22nd 2007 in A470 Trunk Road Glamorganshire Canal Historical Manufacturing Merthyr Road Pontypridd Shoot My quest to explore the route once taken by the old Glamorganshire Canal recently led me to a surviving stretch of canal hidden in the shadow of the A4054 as it passes from Glyntaff to Coedpenmaen in Pontypridd Here canal boats used to load chains made at the Brown Lenox Co Ltd factory in Newbridge It was Samuel Brown the Brown in Brown Lenox Co Ltd who patented iron chains for securing ships to their anchors replacing ropes and with his cousin Samuel Lenox he established a highly successful company to manufacture these chains Brown and Lenox built their first factory in Millwall on the River Thames but increased demand led to them constructing a second factory the Newbridge Chain Works on the west bank of the Glamorganshire Canal in 1816 Found on the Rhondda Cynon Taff district council s website this photo provides a great view of how the canal basin at Brown Lenox looked in years gone by The bridge that still survives today can be seen just below the canal lock The second bridge into the Brown Lenox loading dock no longer survives Thoughts On The Day I ve used the bridge at the northern end of the Brown Lenox basin many times as a cut through from Ynysangharad Road to the Brown Lenox Retail Park but I never remembered seeing the canal basin itself there before How could

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  • Stuart's Photography - » Margam
    the canopy lights up in the most beautiful of ways I can t explain why but my eyes were drawn to the roots of this tree standing just to the south of the Orangery Maybe it was the textures or the contrasts of colour or the contrasts of light and shadow Whatever the reasons I think it makes for an interesting photo and will probably feature in my Daily Desktop Wallpaper series at some point Previous Visit To Margam My last visit to Margam Country Park was in October 2008 as my very first WelshFlickrCymru meet up We spent the whole day there and I hope you enjoy the photos I took last time too 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 1 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

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  • Stuart's Photography - » Maritime
    the Cardiff Bay Barrage Mrs H and I had gone down to the Barrage to practice some night photography but unfortunately the weather was against us We hung around for a bit hoping for a break in the rain but it wasn t to be But as Mrs H was packing up her gear I noticed how a spotlight was picking up and highlighting the falling rain I managed to find an angle where I could shoot upwards towards the light without getting the lens wet and fired off several frames This one was the best I kinda like it It s definitely a different shot to what I normally do Copyright c 2010 Stuart Herbert blog twitter photography all Be the first to leave a comment Single Shot Series Roundabout Ahead Posted by Stuart Herbert on March 24th 2010 in Barry Barry Docks Barry Railway Glamorganshire Canal Maritime Photos Street sign at dusk taken down at the regenerated waterfront at Barry Docks Be the first to leave a comment Single Shot Series Lighting The Harbour As Night Falls Posted by Stuart Herbert on March 15th 2010 in Barry Barry Docks Maritime Modern Photos Shoot Sunset at Barry Docks Handheld with my new Nikon 50mm f 1 4 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

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  • Stuart's Photography - » Media
    a nice job of showing some of the props from the series since RTD restarted it It is a bit dark in there he says in that understated way we British describe such things making the props with their own internal illumination the easiest things to photograph The whole lot sits slap in the middle of where Bute Dock West used to be 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 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

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