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  • Stuart's Photography - » Medical
    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 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

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  • Stuart's Photography - » Melingriffith
    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 Melingriffith The Other Tin Works Posted by Stuart Herbert on March 28th 2007 in Glamorganshire Canal Historical Melingriffith Melingriffith Feeder Merthyr Road Pentyrch and Melingriffith Light Railway River Taff Shoot Taff Trail Tin Works Walking Routes View the photos from this shoot as part of my Merthyr Road collection on Flickr When it came to working tin in South Wales Treforrest was the undisputed King But if Treforrest was King further south down in the Vale of Glamorgan above Cardiff the works at Melingriffith were certainly the Crown Prince Built in 1749 the Melingriffith Tinplate Works sat on or near the site of an old corn mill that had existed as far back as the twelfth century It was once the largest tin works in the UK until the construction of the Treforrest Tin Works The works closed in 1957 and today the only obvious traces that the works ever existed at all are the Melingriffith Feeder that runs down from the River Taff and the restored Water Pump standing opposite Oak Cottage The works themselves appear to have been completely cleared and the site today is a modern housing estate Its mills were powered by water taken from the River Taff by the Melingriffith Feeder a water course that doubled as a canal carrying iron from Pentrych Works until around 1815 when the Pentrych tramroad was completed The tramroad crossed the River Taff over Iron Bridge The Feeder lock was permanently closed in 1871 when it was bridged over but traces of it remain if you don t mind walking out into the mostly dry bed of the Feeder to look The Melingriffith Feeder makes its way to the old Glamorganshire Canal where they run in parallel down to the Tin Works and out the other side at Melingriffith Lock Where they come together to the north of the Tin Works any overflow from the Canal was designed to flow into the Feeder This is now the southern end of the Glamorganshire Canal Local Nature Reserve at Forest Farm and all the water from the Canal now runs into the Feeder before disappearing into a water course that runs underneath the housing estate that has replaced the Tin Works At the southern end of the housing estate the Feeder re emerges from underground where the Melingriffith Water Pump stands The Pump was originally designed to pump water from the Feeder into the Canal at Melingriffith Lock Rowson Wright s The Glamorganshire and Aberdare Canals Volume II has an entire chapter devoted to the many disputes between the Tin Works and the Canal over the supply of water As I understand it the Tin Works ran entirely on water throughout its history water that the Canal itself also needed as Melingriffith was the last point where the Canal could gather additional water needed for the section down to Sea Lock Today the Canal has been totally obliterated Ty Mawr Road has replaced the Canal here down into Whitchurch and the Feeder just empties back into the Taff beside the Valley Lines railway bridge just south of Radyr Station Melingriffith is a great example of the huge contrast that exists between Cardiff and the Taff Vale in the regeneration of the former industrial sites Most of the route of the Canal through Cardiff was industrialised but today you wouldn t know it The Canal has gone and the industry has been replaced by the housing estates of Melingriffith Gabalfa and Talybont plus the regeneration of Cardiff Bay In the Taff Vale the Canal has mostly disappeared under the A470 trunk road but where it hasn t the land has mostly just been left unused until you reach Rhydycar at Merthyr Tydfil and the site of the local Welsh Assembly Government office It s a story that mirrors the growth of Cardiff against the decline of Merthyr Thoughts On The Day I d travelled through the Melingriffith housing estate a couple of years ago cycling the Taff Trail but back then I d never heard of the Tin Works or the Feeder or really of the Canal itself I d stopped at the Water Pump and read the excellent tourist sign that goes with it but without any background knowledge I didn t really understand what I was looking at I didn t know that Oak Cottage on the other side of the road was the old lockkeeper s cottage from Melingriffith Lock or that the road itself is where Melingriffith Lock once stood I didn t know that the Water Pump stands in the Melingriffith Feeder whose route can be traced back up to the River Taff at Radyr Weir And

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  • Stuart's Photography - » Melingriffith Feeder
    additional water needed for the section down to Sea Lock Today the Canal has been totally obliterated Ty Mawr Road has replaced the Canal here down into Whitchurch and the Feeder just empties back into the Taff beside the Valley Lines railway bridge just south of Radyr Station Melingriffith is a great example of the huge contrast that exists between Cardiff and the Taff Vale in the regeneration of the former industrial sites Most of the route of the Canal through Cardiff was industrialised but today you wouldn t know it The Canal has gone and the industry has been replaced by the housing estates of Melingriffith Gabalfa and Talybont plus the regeneration of Cardiff Bay In the Taff Vale the Canal has mostly disappeared under the A470 trunk road but where it hasn t the land has mostly just been left unused until you reach Rhydycar at Merthyr Tydfil and the site of the local Welsh Assembly Government office It s a story that mirrors the growth of Cardiff against the decline of Merthyr Thoughts On The Day I d travelled through the Melingriffith housing estate a couple of years ago cycling the Taff Trail but back then I d never heard of the Tin Works or the Feeder or really of the Canal itself I d stopped at the Water Pump and read the excellent tourist sign that goes with it but without any background knowledge I didn t really understand what I was looking at I didn t know that Oak Cottage on the other side of the road was the old lockkeeper s cottage from Melingriffith Lock or that the road itself is where Melingriffith Lock once stood I didn t know that the Water Pump stands in the Melingriffith Feeder whose route can be traced back up to the River Taff at Radyr Weir And I didn t know that the Feeder was also used as a canal with its own lock on the River Taff itself years before the Glamorganshire Canal was constructed If you want to explore this area for yourself I recommend parking at the southern end of the Glamorganshire Canal Local Nature Reserve There s a small car park there Head north into the Reserve cross the Canal overflow bridge and follow both the Feeder and Canal until the Feeder starts to veer off to the left Follow the Feeder all the way up to the River Taff Here you can see the sluice gate mechanism that once regulated the flow of water into the Feeder and the remains of the lock Turn south past Radyr Weir and its picnic area and follow the Taff Trail down until it threads its way through the Melingriffith housing estate to Oak Cottage and the Water Pump If you wish there s a muddy footpath down the Feeder s east bankside that you can follow down to the River Taff and beyond but that s really a walk for another day At the Water

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  • Stuart's Photography - » Merthyr Road
    Be the first to leave a comment Merthyr Road Cycle Hire Pedal Power Posted by Stuart Herbert on June 15th 2010 in By Water Cardiff Leisure Modern Photos Shoot Taff Trail At the western end of Cardiff Council s controversial new road bridge into Bute Park I noticed this striking sign directing people entering the park over the new bridge to where they can hire a bike to cycle around the park I think cycling is a great way to explore Bute Park and Pontcanna Fields and you ve always got the choice to cycle down the Taff Trail to Cardiff Bay and the barrage 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 Water Bus Stop In Bute Park Posted by Stuart Herbert on June 8th 2010 in By Water Cardiff Leisure Modern Photos River Taff Shoot Just inside the entrance to Bute Park there s a bus stop for the Cardiff Waterbus service The service started in 2000 and links the centre of Cardiff with the redeveloped docklands of Cardiff Bay References http en wikipedia org wiki Bute Park http en wikipedia org wiki Cardiff Waterbus http www walesonline co uk cardiffonline cardiff news 2010 04 28 a decade of making waves for waterbus 91466 26330343 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 4am At Penarth Pier Posted by Stuart Herbert on April 4th 2010 in Bristol Channel By Water Modern Penarth Photos Shoot Mrs H and I went out this morning to shoot photos as part of the 4amproject blog twitter Our original destination was Cardiff but it was so busy with staggering drunks that instead we headed off to the quieter location of Penarth and its pier The Photos To try and cut down on the amount of light from the street lights I headed down onto the beach itself where it was much darker Whilst I was waiting for Mrs H to finish using the remote cable release I turned my camera around to take this shot looking up the stairs back to street level Turning the camera around the other way the English coast across the Bristol Channel was lit up by the tobacco stain of street lights both near and far With it being almost low tide I managed to get some great reflective effects in the wet sand out towards the estuary This is what we came to photograph Penarth Pier at 4am lighting up the sands below as it juts out into the Bristol Channel This is Mrs H s shot of the beach with Penarth Pier beyond Mrs H s shot of the promenade at Penarth looking east towards the pier Mrs H s shot across the sands towards the lights of the English coast Mrs H went down onto the pebble beach for this one using the foreground to add detail and a focal point to her second shot across the Bristol Channel Thoughts On The Day I d come across the 4am project by accident on Twitter and although I m about as far from being a morning person as you can get I liked the idea of trying to take photos at a time of day that I normally don t even see never mind shoot at With the cats giving us very strange looks we grabbed our gear and headed out towards Cardiff to find somewhere interesting to photograph Our first choice was the Hayes in Cardiff but at 4am on Easter Sunday it was just far too busy to do any photography The city centre was teeming with parties of people and supervising police after a bit of discussion we decided to go and find somewhere quieter and Penarth and its pier seemed much more likely to be nice and quiet We were very lucky with the weather nice and dry and not too cold This was our first time out with the wireless remote cable release I bought in Bath on Thursday and although it s really great that both of us can share the same cable release in practice when you re doing 4 minute exposures you need your own cable release Oh and wireless cable releases are well worth the extra that they cost Our first time out doing early morning photography was a lot of fun and is something we ll be doing more of this year Post Processing Other than a little bit of sharpening and a bit of cropping and bringing out of the detail in the shadows on the Penarth Pier shot I haven t processed my photos at all Which made me think what would these photos look like in black and white Which versions do you prefer See Also If you d like to know more about the 4am project check out these links 4am project website 4am project group on Flickr Photos tagged with 4amproject on Flickr My gallery of 4amproject photos that I like on Flickr 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

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  • Stuart's Photography - » By Era
    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 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 2011 February 2011 January 2011 December 2010 November 2010 October 2010 September 2010 August 2010 July 2010 June 2010 May 2010 April 2010 March

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  • Stuart's Photography - » By Water
    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 Merthyr Road Restored Bridge At Taffs Well Posted by Stuart Herbert on July 22nd 2010 in By Water Historical Photos River Taff Shoot Taffs Well This footbridge over the River Taff between Taffs Well and Gwaelod y Garth has recently been renovated and restored into a fantastic condition 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 Cycle Hire Pedal Power Posted by Stuart Herbert on June 15th 2010 in By Water Cardiff Leisure Modern Photos Shoot Taff Trail At the western end of Cardiff Council s controversial new road bridge into Bute Park I noticed this striking sign directing people entering the park over the new bridge to where they can hire a bike to cycle around the park I think cycling is a great way to explore Bute Park and Pontcanna Fields and you ve always got the choice to cycle down the Taff Trail to Cardiff Bay and the barrage 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 Water Bus Stop In Bute Park Posted by Stuart Herbert on June 8th 2010 in By Water Cardiff Leisure Modern Photos River Taff Shoot Just inside the entrance to Bute Park there s a bus stop for the Cardiff Waterbus service The service started in 2000 and links the centre of Cardiff with the redeveloped docklands of Cardiff Bay References http en wikipedia org wiki Bute Park http en wikipedia org wiki Cardiff Waterbus http www walesonline co uk cardiffonline cardiff news 2010 04 28 a decade of making waves for waterbus 91466 26330343 Copyright c Stuart Herbert blog twitter photography all facebook Merthyr Road project all If you re

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  • Stuart's Photography - » Merthyr Tydfil
    the late 1990 s with the help of the Heritage Lottery Fund The viaduct itself is accessible from the two lay bys just south of the A465 A470 roundabout It s possible to walk over it or to descend via a rough gravel track down to Tai Mawr Road itself a muddy track to walk under it The viaduct crosses the Taff Fawr one of the two tributaries of the River Taff there s a great view of this from the old bridge at Pont y capel Thoughts On The Day Boy was it wet one of those very Welsh days when it s not so much raining as just sodden in the air Although the D200 has excellent weather seals I didn t fancy the chore of keeping the lenses dry so I opted instead to go with the convenience of my trusty IXUS 400 I m looking forward to going back to the viaduct during the summer With leaves on the trees and blue skies overhead not only will it make for a great day s photography but it will also make for a great afternoon s walk Favourite Photo From The Shoot This black and white shot of the arches of the viaduct from down on Tai Mawr Road is my favourite photo from the shoot It s the detail of the brickwork that does it for me I m really pleased with the results of converting this image in Aperture The original colour photo is also up on Flickr Three Tips From The Shoot Always shoot in 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 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

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  • Stuart's Photography - » Merthyr Vale
    returns later in the year I ll have to head back up there with my Sigma 80 400mm lens to see what detail it can capture Favourite Photo From The Shoot This shot of the A472 road bridge is my favourite shot from this shoot When composing photos I m always looking for lines that will draw the eye along and this photo is a fantastic example of how converging lines catch my attention Unlike the natural landscape shots that make up the rest of the shoot this photo feels clean and uncluttered I don t know it just makes me want to go out and take more photos A close second is this shot taken just before reaching the bridge at Edwardsville that carries the tramroad across the River Taff just south of the Goitre Coed Viaduct My recent shoot down at Sea Lock whilst very satisfying to that part of me that is really enjoying the history side of things had left me feeling that the photography was getting lost amidst it all I ve been playing around with this basic shot design a plain subject in focus in the foreground with the more interesting subject further back out of the depth of field since I first thought of it during my trip up to Snowdonia in 2003 and it s always my fallback strategy when I m not enjoying my photography as I d like to Also a close second is this shot looking south at Goitre Coed Viaduct I always find the Viaduct a complete bugger to photograph the best place to actually see the damn thing seems to be across the valley sat atop Giant s Bite The Viaduct s simply too big and the valley too small to get a great picture from the tramroad itself looking north Going under the Viaduct and looking south back to Quakers Yard I managed to snag this shot which I feel gives a good idea of just how the viaduct appears out of nowhere to completely dominate the scene But don t take my word for it get out and about and go see it for yourself Post Production After the eye popping colours from my Sea Lock photoshoot I didn t want to do another set of photos looking like that But equally I didn t want to do a black and white shoot if I could avoid it It was a great day blue skies and hot sun and I d been careful to avoid burnt out skies as much as possible which is why many of the photos in this set are looking south even though my journey was heading north It was during the post work on the railway car shot that I decided to try desaturating the colours in the photo instead of saturating them It seems obvious now that the problem was the unbalance I was creating through boosting the colours but equally the same colour boosting really improved the photos

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