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  • Stuart's Photography - » 2011 » March
    heroine Grace Darling who in 1838 along with her father William the lighthouse keeper rowed out to the shipwreck of the SS Forfarshire to save 13 souls 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 About The Author Stuart has been writing PHP applications since 2003 and has been contributing to open source software since 1994 He was an early writer for php architect a co author of the Official Zend Certification Study Guide for PHP 4 and a regular speaker at conferences and user groups since 2004 When he s not designing software Stuart loves to explore the world through a camera lens spend time with his beloved guitars and continue his study to T ai Chi Chu an Taijiquan Be the first to leave a comment Merthyr Road Pontypridd Signal Box Posted by Stuart Herbert on March 28th 2011 in Coal Historical Pontypridd River Rhondda Single Shot Series Taff Vale Railway Modern day Valley Lines The disused railway signal box at Pontypridd is a Grade II listed building and was once part of Pontypridd Junction It played a part in the Hopkinstown Railway Disaster of 1911 see also Wikipedia when a stationary northbound coal train failed to comply with Rule 55 and ended up in collision with a southbound passenger train Eleven people lost their lives Today the signal box stands abandoned unused I ve been unable to find any online reference for when the signal box closed If you know please leave a comment below 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 About The Author Stuart has been writing PHP applications since 2003 and has been contributing to open source software since 1994 He was an early writer for php architect a co author of the Official Zend Certification Study Guide for PHP 4 and a regular speaker at conferences and user groups since 2004 When he s not designing software Stuart loves to explore the world through a camera lens spend time with his beloved guitars and continue his study to T ai Chi Chu an Taijiquan 2 comments 25 9 Chillingham Cattle Posted by Stuart Herbert on March 26th 2011 in 25x9 Travel Photography Project 25 9 because some photos deserve a wider perspective Copyright c Stuart Herbert Blog Twitter Facebook Photography Merthyr Road Daily Desktop Wallpaper 25 9 Twitter About The Author Stuart has been writing PHP applications since 2003 and has been contributing to open source software since 1994 He was an early writer for php architect a co author of the Official Zend Certification Study Guide for PHP 4 and a regular speaker at conferences and user groups since 2004 When he s not designing software Stuart loves to explore the world through a camera lens spend time with his beloved guitars and continue his study to T ai Chi Chu an Taijiquan Be the first to leave a comment 25 9 Chillingham Cattle Posted by Stuart Herbert on March 26th 2011 in 25x9 Travel Photography Project 25 9 because some photos deserve a wider perspective Copyright c Stuart Herbert Blog Twitter Facebook Photography Merthyr Road Daily Desktop Wallpaper 25 9 Twitter About The Author Stuart has been writing PHP applications since 2003 and has been contributing to open source software since 1994 He was an early writer for php architect a co author of the Official Zend Certification Study Guide for PHP 4 and a regular speaker at conferences and user groups since 2004 When he s not designing software Stuart loves to explore the world through a camera lens spend time with his beloved guitars and continue his study to T ai Chi Chu an Taijiquan Be the first to leave a comment Travel Photography Transfynydd Nuclear Power Station Posted by Stuart Herbert on March 26th 2011 in Travel Photography In the summer of 2009 Mrs H and I went on an ill fated fortnight s holiday in beautiful North Wales basing ourselves just outside of Barmouth Although some of the photos I took that fortnight have featured in my desktop wallpaper series this is the first time that I ve pulled together all the shots taken on holiday by theme With the weather on this day being pretty rotten Mrs H elected to stay at the cottage to paint whilst I simply felt far too restless to stay indoors I headed up the A470 and my first stop was the lake beside the Transfynydd nuclear power station Copyright c Stuart Herbert Blog Twitter Facebook Photography Merthyr Road Daily Desktop Wallpaper 25 9 Twitter About The Author Stuart has been writing PHP applications since 2003 and has been contributing to open source software since 1994 He was an early writer for php architect a co author of the Official Zend Certification Study Guide for PHP 4 and a regular speaker at conferences and user groups since 2004 When he s not designing software Stuart loves to explore the world through a camera lens spend time with his beloved guitars and continue his study to T ai Chi Chu an Taijiquan Be the first to leave a comment Desktop Wallpaper Holy Cross In The Graveyard Posted by Stuart Herbert on March 25th 2011 in

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  • Stuart's Photography - » 2011 » February
    part I haven t decided what next week s theme will be it s currently a toss up between last Saturday s photoshoot in Ledbury featuring some of the Manchester shots I took at Christmas or making a start on my photos of Edinburgh If you have a preference do let me know 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 About The Author Stuart has been writing PHP applications since 2003 and has been contributing to open source software since 1994 He was an early writer for php architect a co author of the Official Zend Certification Study Guide for PHP 4 and a regular speaker at conferences and user groups since 2004 When he s not designing software Stuart loves to explore the world through a camera lens spend time with his beloved guitars and continue his study to T ai Chi Chu an Taijiquan Be the first to leave a comment Desktop Wallpaper The Causeway Floods Posted by Stuart Herbert on February 24th 2011 in Desktop Wallpaper Travel Photography My theme this week is the tiny island of Lindisfarne famous for being a place of holy retreat and for the mead and other drinks that it produces Lindisfarne is connected to the mainland by a causeway that is only accessible when the tide goes out and I made the area of the island around the causeway my focus for the day Quite a crowd gathered on the causeway to watch the tide claim it and to play in the rising water This boy stood at the water s edge clutching his trainers to keep them dry watching his family paddling away on the fast disappearing road 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 About The Author Stuart has been writing PHP applications since 2003 and has been contributing to open source software since 1994 He was an early writer for php architect a co author of the Official Zend Certification Study Guide for PHP 4 and a regular speaker at conferences and user groups since 2004 When he s not designing software Stuart loves to explore the world through a camera lens spend time with his beloved guitars and continue his study to T ai Chi Chu an Taijiquan Be the first to leave a comment Desktop Wallpaper Flying Away With The Food Posted by Stuart Herbert on February 23rd 2011 in Desktop Wallpaper Travel Photography My theme this week is the tiny island of Lindisfarne famous for being a place of holy retreat and for the mead and other drinks that it produces Lindisfarne is connected to the mainland by a causeway that is only accessible when the tide goes out and I made the area of the island around the causeway my focus for the day Moments before an ice cream van pulled up and left some food for the gulls to fight over after the swan had been hand fed After a brief tussle one gull managed to make off with the food with the others in hot pursuit Along with my shot of the Sea King helicopter in flight I think it s one of the best manual focus shots I took on the whole holiday 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 About The Author Stuart has been writing PHP applications since 2003 and has been contributing to open source software since 1994 He was an early writer for php architect a co author of the Official Zend Certification Study Guide for PHP 4 and a regular speaker at conferences and user groups since 2004 When he s not designing software Stuart loves to explore the world through a camera lens spend time with his beloved guitars and continue his study to T ai Chi Chu an Taijiquan Be the first to leave a comment Desktop Wallpaper Causeway From The Refuge Posted by Stuart Herbert on February 22nd 2011 in Desktop Wallpaper Travel Photography My theme this week is the tiny island of Lindisfarne famous for being a place of holy retreat and for the mead and other drinks that it produces Lindisfarne is connected to the mainland by a causeway that is only accessible when the tide goes out and I made the area of the island around the causeway my focus for the day The drivers refuge on the causeway is very small but it does afford a lovely view along the length of the causeway to Holy Island The walkers you can see are just about to leave the road and trudge through the muddy bay floor to follow the line of marker poles that mark out the alternative route across the bay Copyright c Stuart Herbert Blog Twitter Facebook Photography Merthyr Road Daily Desktop Wallpaper 25 9 Twitter If you re reading

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  • Stuart's Photography - » 2011 » January
    comment My 10 Favourite Photos From 2010 Posted by Stuart Herbert on January 2nd 2011 in The Year In Review I published more photography blog posts in 2010 than in all the years before making it extremely difficult to pick out just 10 photographs that I thought were the best In the end my choices reflect mostly the shift in my photography the way I ve deliberately tried to move from the documentary style of the Merthyr Road project to the more artistic style that I m seeking for my Desktop Wallpaper project The Photos For myself I still think that this is the single best photo that I published in 2010 and is the one of the very best photos I ve ever taken I only matched the quality here one other time all year and that photo has yet to be published I love the colours the framing the focus the depth of field it s a moment of simple beauty and just like my shot of Calanais back in 2007 it was a photo that I put no effort into at all just a random shot towards the end of a long and tiring day s photography There s probably a lesson in there for me Coming a close second is this fun shot of miniature Daleks on a shelf in the Doctor Who Exhibition shop down in Cardiff Bay Not for the first time I d gone round the exhibition itself getting more and more frustrated at just how dark out of date and difficult to shoot the exhibition contents are and if the truth be told I d almost given up hope of coming away with any pictures to share with you on Flickr and here on my blog Spotting these little fellows in the full glare of a spotlight on the shelf was a real lifting of the spirits not an emotion any Dalek would approve of and I was very relieved to pull off this shot I m the first to admit that this shot didn t do so well when I published it back in June as my desktop wallpaper for the day but it still does something for me This was taken with the Canon IXUS 200 that Mrs H bought me for my birthday and I don t believe that my Nikon rig with all its lenses could have done a better job This photo looks fantastic on a 24 monitor Give it a go I m sure you won t be disappointed There were other photos I took of the snow in December that were more popular on Flickr but this is one of those rare moments when I managed to take the exact photo I set out to capture In November when the first of the winter snow had arrived I drove along here on the way up to Ludlow for the day There wasn t as much snow at the time and it was a lot sunnier but it was still an enchanting scene and yet I never stopped to take the shot This time around I knew exactly what I wanted and made sure I went out to the end of our street to get it I m sure this one will return in 2011 as a 25 9 framing at some point This is another photo where I managed to bag exactly the shot I d planned in my head and it also looks stunning on a 24 monitor We d spent the day hiking up from Barmouth on a tourist path and had finally broken out of the tree canopy to be greeted by this beautiful view of the Mawddach Estuary I wanted a photo that conveyed the pleasure of this scene and spotting the bench decided that the best way to do this was to show people enjoying the view for themselves It didn t take long before the bench was occupied and I really dropped lucky that the woman was wearing such an eye catching coloured top I think they make the ideal focal point for this shot How on earth do you explore a 100 year old railway line documenting station after station and come away with something a little different When I was growing up the railways were full of character and local charm but today s world is the world of the sterile even puerile identikit station with the same lack of seating and the same style of CCTV tower compensating for the total lack of station staff This dirty public telephone and the red wall that owned it was a godsend and I made sure to take my time and take full advantage of the D300s s live view feature to get the phone perfectly in focus You can be sure that if I don t have my Nikon with me I ll go past a scene like this and say I ll come back for that only I never do This is one of the times when I did and despite its many technical imperfections I m pleased that I did There was just something about this alleyway that made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up and I feel that I captured that mood accurately with this shot I don t think I could have done that a year ago This is one of the last shots I took with my Nikon 70 300mm lens before the 80 200mm f 2 8 usurped it in my camera bag actually I ended up changing camera bags specifically so that the 80 200mm lens could be my default lens and I think it s probably the most underrated shot I took all year This shot was a happy accident as although it can be found right in the heart of Cardiff it s also very well tucked away down a side street that few people go down If I d gone down the street the

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  • Stuart's Photography - » 2010 » December
    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 About The Author Stuart has been writing PHP applications since 2003 and has been contributing to open source software since 1994 He was an early writer for php architect a co author of the Official Zend Certification Study Guide for PHP 4 and a regular speaker at conferences and user groups since 2004 When he s not designing software Stuart loves to explore the world through a camera lens spend time with his beloved guitars and continue his study to T ai Chi Chu an Taijiquan 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 About The Author Stuart has been writing PHP applications since 2003 and has been contributing to open source software since 1994 He was an early writer for php architect a co author of the Official Zend Certification Study Guide for PHP 4 and a regular speaker at conferences and user groups since 2004 When he s not designing software Stuart loves to explore the world through a camera lens spend time with his beloved guitars and continue his study to T ai Chi Chu an Taijiquan 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 About The Author Stuart has been writing PHP applications since 2003 and has been contributing to open source software since 1994 He was an early writer for php architect a co author of the Official Zend Certification Study Guide for PHP 4 and a regular speaker at conferences and user groups since 2004 When he s not designing software Stuart loves to explore the world through a camera lens spend time with his beloved guitars and continue his study to T ai Chi Chu an Taijiquan 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 About The Author Stuart has been writing PHP applications since 2003 and has been contributing to open source software since 1994 He was an early writer for php architect a co author of the Official Zend Certification Study Guide for PHP 4 and a regular speaker at conferences and user groups since 2004 When he s not designing software Stuart loves to explore the world through a camera lens spend time with his beloved guitars and continue his study to T ai Chi Chu an Taijiquan 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 photograph Steetley Magnasite an old abandoned factory on the coast at Hartlepool Along the way we stopped off to visit Twycross Zoo photos I have yet to publish But once we arrived up North we heard about the event at the Wall and changed our plans to spend Saturday as part of this amazing event By April I still wasn t able to get out with the camera like I used to in years gone by but I was definitely back publishing and by writing up blog posts each weekend in advance managing to keep up a Desktop Wallpaper publishing schedule that would last most of the year Most of the photos were older photos finally seeing the light of day as I was still struggling with the knee injury and not able to get out as much as I wished The highlight for April came at the start when we took part in the early morning 4am Project which I d come across on Twitter A close second can be seen in the photos of Birdland and its amazing collection of penguins And then there was the publishing of my photos of Unity a piece of urban art that was erected just outside Pontypridd by the Rhondda Cynon Taff council Those photos helped me find a new local audience because of the ongoing controversy over its costs and alleged cost overruns but for myself it just seemed like a really daft place to plonk it down right where no one passing by had any chance of seeing it The Best Of The Photos Copyright c Stuart Herbert Blog Twitter Facebook Photography Merthyr Road Daily Desktop Wallpaper 25 9 Twitter About The Author Stuart has been writing PHP applications since 2003 and has been contributing to open source software since 1994 He was an early writer for php

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    to open source software since 1994 He was an early writer for php architect a co author of the Official Zend Certification Study Guide for PHP 4 and a regular speaker at conferences and user groups since 2004 When he s not designing software Stuart loves to explore the world through a camera lens spend time with his beloved guitars and continue his study to T ai Chi Chu an Taijiquan Be the first to leave a comment Desktop Wallpaper Gregynog Hall Posted by Stuart Herbert on November 24th 2010 in Desktop Wallpaper Travel Photography This is the front of Gregynog Hall built circa 1840 Although it looks like it is built with traditional methods and clad in timber the hall is actually one of the oldest examples anywhere in Wales of a concrete clad building The results are just beautiful and I only wish I had been there earlier in the year to catch the hall in better light Copyright c Stuart Herbert Blog Twitter Facebook Photography Merthyr Road Daily Desktop Wallpaper 25 9 Twitter About The Author Stuart has been writing PHP applications since 2003 and has been contributing to open source software since 1994 He was an early writer for php architect a co author of the Official Zend Certification Study Guide for PHP 4 and a regular speaker at conferences and user groups since 2004 When he s not designing software Stuart loves to explore the world through a camera lens spend time with his beloved guitars and continue his study to T ai Chi Chu an Taijiquan Be the first to leave a comment Desktop Wallpaper The Walls of Gregynog Posted by Stuart Herbert on November 23rd 2010 in Desktop Wallpaper Travel Photography I love the way Gregynog Hall is trapped behind the tangle of growth and dead leaves in this shot It s the juxtaposition of the lines made by the growth with the relatively featureless wall behind When I came across this I liked it so much that I went back to my car to grab my tripod so that I could make sure I bagged the shot Copyright c Stuart Herbert Blog Twitter Facebook Photography Merthyr Road Daily Desktop Wallpaper 25 9 Twitter About The Author Stuart has been writing PHP applications since 2003 and has been contributing to open source software since 1994 He was an early writer for php architect a co author of the Official Zend Certification Study Guide for PHP 4 and a regular speaker at conferences and user groups since 2004 When he s not designing software Stuart loves to explore the world through a camera lens spend time with his beloved guitars and continue his study to T ai Chi Chu an Taijiquan Be the first to leave a comment Desktop Wallpaper Gregynog Hall Posted by Stuart Herbert on November 22nd 2010 in Desktop Wallpaper Travel Photography This week s wallpaper theme revolves around Gregynog Hall set in the heart of Wales Gregynog is owned by

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    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 About The Author Stuart has been writing PHP applications since 2003 and has been contributing to open source software since 1994 He was an early writer for php architect a co author of the Official Zend Certification Study Guide for PHP 4 and a regular speaker at conferences and user groups since 2004 When he s not designing software Stuart loves to explore the world through a camera lens spend time with his beloved guitars and continue his study to T ai Chi Chu an Taijiquan Be the first to leave a comment 300 000 Views Posted by Stuart Herbert on October 26th 2010 in News I ve been uploading to Flickr for exactly 3 days short of four years and this morning I reached a satisfying milestone 300 000 views I ve no idea how that compares to anyone else on Flickr I m sure that it s just a small step along the way But it sure feels like a nice number to have reached Especially when I think back and this is going back over oh two decades plus change now at how rubbish I was at anything remotely creative at school My next target is to get to 500 000 views and to continue to work towards achieving a minimum of 1 000 views a day To get there I need to get much better at my photography and to continue to find an audience for my work Speaking of which I especially want to thank the local community journalists at both Guardian Cardiff and Your Cardiff for their encouragement over the last few months Much of my photography is about where I live and both Hannah and Ed have done a great job with connecting with the local blogging community around here and featuring our work on their websites and in their news stories Strong local journalism is an essential part of a healthy democratic society and you only have to contrast their efforts with the anonymous and largely absent BBC local news team to see what a difference they re already making And I need your help too You can help me by leaving comments here on my blog or on Flickr to tell me what you like and what you don t like If you like something why not share it with your friends on Flickr or Facebook Chances are they ll like it too Copyright c Stuart Herbert Blog Twitter Facebook Photography Merthyr Road Daily Desktop Wallpaper 25 9 Twitter About The Author Stuart has been writing PHP applications since 2003 and has been contributing to open source software since 1994 He was an early writer for php architect a co author of the Official Zend Certification Study Guide for PHP 4 and a regular speaker at conferences and user groups since 2004 When he s not designing software Stuart loves to explore the world through a camera lens spend time with his beloved guitars and continue his study to T ai Chi Chu an Taijiquan Be the first to leave a comment Desktop Wallpaper Lighthouse and Harbour Wall Berwick upon Tweed Posted by Stuart Herbert on October 25th 2010 in Desktop Wallpaper Travel Photography Welcome back after the weekend This week I m continuing the theme looking at the harbour area of Berwick upon Tweed where we went on holiday earlier in the year When you walk around the riverside path and into the harbour the harbour wall and lighthouse yonder immediately catch your eye The banding along the wall creates a very strong pattern and certainly made me want to walk out there to see what the lighthouse itself is like 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 About The Author Stuart has been writing PHP applications since 2003 and has been contributing to open source software 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    my eye Sadly I ve been unable to learn much about its original history to date if you know more about the building please leave a comment below What I did find was that 1933 it was the registered office of Bwllfa Cwmaman Ddu Collieries Ltd a company which operated nine coal mines in the Aberdare area outputting one million tonnes of coal a year By 1937 the company had changed its name to just Bwllfa Cwmaman Collieries Ltd and had moved its registered office to London Both companies were run by Sir David Richard Llewellyn a leading member of the coal mining industry in South Wales who was made a Baronet in 1922 Today Aberdare House is used by the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and first round auditions for all of their 2010 acting programme will be held here There also appears to be residential premises upstairs too I found a mention of the sale of a flat back in 2007 References Bwllfa Cwmaman Ddu Collieries Ltd Sir David Richard Llewellyn Llewellyn Baronets Mount Stuart Square Cardiff Bay Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama Mount Stuart Square House Prices 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 About The Author Stuart has been writing PHP applications since 2003 and has been contributing to open source software since 1994 He was an early writer for php architect a co author of the Official Zend Certification Study Guide for PHP 4 and a regular speaker at conferences and user groups since 2004 When he s not designing software Stuart loves to explore the world through a camera lens spend time with his beloved guitars and continue his study to T ai Chi Chu an Taijiquan 4 comments Desktop Wallpaper Underneath The Royal Tweed Bridge Posted by Stuart Herbert on September 28th 2010 in Desktop Wallpaper Travel Photography My choice of wallpaper today is this shot looking along the underneath of the Royal Tweed Bridge in Berwick upon Tweed This bridge is the main road bridge into and out of the town centre and from the car you can clearly see the Royal Border Bridge that I chose yesterday But get out of the car and have a good wander around and there are popular footpaths along the banks of the Tweed that take you underneath all of the bridges giving you different views such as this one Copyright c Stuart Herbert blog twitter photography all facebook Merthyr Road project all About The Author Stuart has been writing PHP applications since 2003 and has been contributing to open source software since 1994 He was an early writer for php architect a co author of the Official Zend Certification Study Guide for PHP 4 and a regular speaker at conferences and user groups since 2004 When he s not designing software Stuart loves to explore the world through a camera lens spend time with his beloved guitars and continue his study to T ai Chi Chu an Taijiquan Be the first to leave a comment Merthyr Road Melingriffith Water Pump Is Being Restored Posted by Stuart Herbert on September 27th 2010 in Historical Melingriffith Melingriffith Feeder Single Shot Series Tin Works In March 2010 the Melingriffith Water Pump was carefully removed from its site and taken up to Penybryn Engineering for some much needed restoration work It was last restored in the 1980 s by the Oxford House Historical Society but sadly the wood used at the time has not weathered well and is need of replacement At the time of writing the Friends of Melingriffith website has no update on when the restoration will be complete it may be done by the time you read this blog post Here s a shot from my 2007 blog article about the Melingriffith Tin Works showing the wheel in situ I can t wait to see it restored and returned to its original site once more and will potter on over with the camera once it has been References Friends of Melingriffith Water Pump Melingriffith Water Pump To Be Restored 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 About The Author Stuart has been writing PHP applications since 2003 and has been contributing to open source software since 1994 He was an early writer for php architect a co author of the Official Zend Certification Study Guide for PHP 4 and a regular speaker at conferences and user groups since 2004 When he s not designing software Stuart loves to explore the world through a camera lens spend time with his beloved guitars and continue his study to T ai Chi Chu an Taijiquan 1 comment Merthyr Road Melingriffith Water Pump Is Being Restored Posted by Stuart Herbert on September 27th 2010 in Historical Melingriffith Melingriffith Feeder Single Shot Series Tin Works In March 2010 the Melingriffith Water Pump was carefully removed from its site and taken up to Penybryn Engineering for some much needed restoration work It was last restored in the 1980 s by the Oxford House Historical Society but sadly the wood used at the time has not weathered well and is need of replacement At the time of writing the Friends of Melingriffith website has no update

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    to paint this for my birthday I hope you ve enjoyed these shots from our holiday last year in North Wales as much as I ve enjoyed looking at them as my desktop wallpaper this week Now Monday here in the UK is a public holiday and normally I don t post wallpaper on non working days but just for a change I ve decided that there s one more shot of the North Wales landscape that I d like to share with you so please come back on Monday to take a look Copyright c Stuart Herbert blog twitter photography all facebook Merthyr Road project all About The Author Stuart has been writing PHP applications since 2003 and has been contributing to open source software since 1994 He was an early writer for php architect a co author of the Official Zend Certification Study Guide for PHP 4 and a regular speaker at conferences and user groups since 2004 When he s not designing software Stuart loves to explore the world through a camera lens spend time with his beloved guitars and continue his study to T 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Ty Glas Railway Station Looking west to Ty Glas Railway Station Taken from the gate to the pedestrian crossing at the eastern end of the station Looking east along the Coryton Line In the distance the track finally abandons its straight march across the north of Cardiff and starts to turn to the south towards Heath Low Level Railway Station and beyond to Cardiff Queen Street Looking west back towards Birchgrove Railway Station which is immediately beyond the bridge in the distance This is the comms tower seen in the earlier shot to the immediate south of Ty Glas Railway Station 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 About The Author Stuart has been writing PHP applications since 2003 and has been contributing to open source software since 1994 He was an early writer for php architect a co author of the Official Zend Certification Study Guide for PHP 4 and a regular speaker at conferences and user groups since 2004 When he s not designing software Stuart loves to explore the world through a camera lens spend time with his beloved guitars and continue his study to T ai Chi Chu an Taijiquan Be the first to leave a comment Desktop Wallpaper Why I Love North Wales Posted by Stuart Herbert on August 26th 2010 in Desktop Wallpaper Download the full size picture to use as your desktop wallpaper Today s choice of wallpaper is another shot from last year s summer holiday in North Wales As I m writing this I m feeling doubly whistful partly because I m not yet able to go on walks like this and partly because it makes me miss my childhood As a child growing up in South Yorkshire my favourite family trips were always days out in the Peak District around Hathersage and Castleton and after graduating I originally planned to move out into the Peak District within a few years Life however never works out the way you hope and with no work up North I was forced to move down to Southern England where I ve lived and worked ever since Walking in the hills and mountains of North Wales reminds me of the Peak District in a way that South Wales doesn t I don t really know why maybe it s that South Wales never feels very remote with Merthyr Swansea and Cardiff never far away I don t know Copyright c Stuart Herbert blog twitter photography all facebook Merthyr Road project all About The Author Stuart has been writing PHP applications since 2003 and has been contributing to open source software since 1994 He was an early writer for php architect a co author of the Official Zend Certification Study Guide for PHP 4 and a regular speaker at conferences and user groups since 2004 When he s not designing software Stuart loves to explore the world 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