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    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 Janet s Foss Posted by Stuart Herbert on July 29th 2010 in Desktop Wallpaper Download the full size picture to use as your desktop wallpaper My desktop wallpaper today is another of my favourite photos taken with my beloved Nikon D200 which I recently sold after four and a half years of faithful service At the time of writing I still haven t sorted through and processed many of the photos from our 2008 holiday in North Yorkshire did I mention that Yorkshire is the greatest country in the whole world yet but one of the photos that I have uploaded is this lovely shot of Janet s Foss waterfall in the North Yorkshire Dales near Malham We d gone over to Malham for the day in the hope of taking some shots of Malham Cove but sadly the Cove was closed because someone had fallen to his death from the limestone pavement above as we walked up from Malham It s a lovely circular route Malham Cove up to the world famous limestone pavement across to Gordale Scar and then back to Malham past Janet s Foss I love this photo not just because of the memories but also there s something about the light there that I think it captured very well Looking at it now it makes me think that I should take a week of work at some point and do a set of waterfall photos for the blog Maybe once we ve had enough regular rain to restore the water table levels eh 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 Former Post Office On Westgate Posted by Stuart Herbert on July 28th 2010 in Cardiff Photos Shoot Shopping If you know anything about the history of this building please do leave a comment below 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 3 comments Desktop Wallpaper Ice By Candlelight Posted by Stuart Herbert on July 28th 2010 in Desktop Wallpaper Download the full size picture to use as your desktop wallpaper My desktop wallpaper choice today is another of my favourite photos taken with the Nikon D200 which I sold recently after four and a half years of faithful service Like many photographers here in the UK I m a subscriber to Amateur Photographer Magazine the world s oldest photography magazine One of the things they do is run the prestigious Amateur Photographer of the Year competition and back in 2007 I was planning on entering and having a real go at the competition This was the photograph I took for for the first round picking a study of ice in a glass by candlelight I assume hope it was relevant to that round s topic I came a cropper because I didn t have the means of printing my photos myself which quickly put paid to my ambitions that year Maybe I should ask Santa Claus for a really good printer for Christmas so that I can enter the 2011 competition 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 The Disappearing Reservoirs of Lisvane and Llanishen Posted by Stuart Herbert on July 27th 2010 in Cardiff Modern Photos Shoot Drive through the suburb of Llanishen and you can t fail to notice the Save Our Reservoirs placards planted in garden after garden as you go down the streets The reservoirs in question are Lisvane and Llanishen Reservoirs two adjacent reservoirs to be found just to the north east of picturesque Llanishen itself Why are they at risk Through a convoluted chain of events that started when the UK s water utility companies were nationalised they are now owned by Western Power Distribution an American company that is reported to have spent the last nine years trying to get permission to build several hundred homes on the site At the time of writing it is difficult to understand Western Power Distribution s side of the story as I ve been unable to find any evidence of them attempting to connect with or work with the local community Their official UK website makes no mention of Llanishen Reservoir at all and they have provided no comments for any of the press stories that I ve read It therefore comes as no surprise that the Wikipedia page for Llanishen Reservoir repeatedly questions WPD s motives for recent drainage activity at the site Finally it s worth noting that local BBC news coverage of this story has been sporadic throughout there is a growing problem of poor regional news coverage from the BBC in Wales as reported to the media regulator Ofcom and that Wales Online s Your Cardiff and Guardian Cardiff remain the best places to keep up to date with this story as it continues with no conclusion in sight The Photos I found it utterly impossible to photography the current water level at Llanishen Reservoir as it is very thoroughly fenced off There are plenty of open footpaths that run around the fenced off reservoirs One of the footpaths leads to this viewing point with this charming mural set into the ground Unfortunately because of the way the trees in front have been allowed to grow you can t see anything of interest from here any more Lisvane Reservoir isn t completely fenced off but the same can t be said for Llanishen Reservoir It is Llanishen Reservoir that Western Power Distribution is draining as part of their 9 year battle to replace it with housing Western Power Distribution the current and controversial American owners of Llanishen Reservoir have been very thorough in securing access to the reservoir The reason I came to photograph the two adjacent reservoirs was a report on the Reservoir Action Group website about how Western Power Distribution the American owner of these two sites had drained Llanishen Reservoir Unfortunately I wasn t able to find anywhere to view the water level of Llanishen Reservoir as it is heavily fenced off but I was able to shoot the fallen level of Lisvane Reservoir According to the Reservoir Action Group the water level here has fallen because water is being taken out of the reservoir for use in industry down in Cardiff Bay There is a car park at Lisvane Reservoir which the signs say is open from 8am to 4pm until further notice and this is the notice at the entrance to the car park confirming the dangers of open water such as Lisvane Reservoir Not the prettiest of pictures I ll hope you will excuse me for that but I couldn t help but notice that this sign appeared to have become a magnet for the very thing it asks people not to do A failure in individual responsibility To finish this set of photos here s a shot of one of the eye catching life buoys that can be found around Lisvane Reservoir The future for Llanishen Reservoir is looking more and more uncertain now that the Environment Agency has given Western Power Distribution permission to drain it completely If anyone from Western Power Distribution or the Reservoir Action Group sees this set of photos and wishes to invite me and my camera for a guided tour as this battle continues please do get in touch as I would be very happy to cover this story as it continues its new chapter References http www llanishenrag com news htm http www bbc co uk news uk wales 10745010 http www guardian co uk cardiff 2010 jul 20 llanishen reservoir environment agency permit http www walesonline co uk news cardiff news 2010 02 16 llanishen reservoir report opposes draining plan 91466 25841756 http www walesonline co uk news wales news 2010 02 23 judge rejects reservoir listing appeal 91466 25891966 http en wikipedia org wiki Western Power Distribution http www westernpower co uk SpecialPages Search aspx searchtext llanishen searchmode anyword http en wikipedia org wiki Llanishen Reservoir http www bbc co uk news uk wales 10641693 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 The Martians Are Coming Posted by Stuart Herbert on July 27th 2010 in Desktop Wallpaper Download the full size picture to use as your desktop wallpaper My desktop wallpaper choice today is another of my favourite photos taken with the Nikon D200 during the four and a half years that I owned one We have a tradition in our family of going out for a meal to celebrate our birthdays Back in 2007 when Kristi asked me where I d like to go I think she was expecting me to nominate one of our favourite Japanese restaurants which to be fair is where we go most years for both of our birthdays But that year I surprised her by nominating a little fish and chip shop on the seafront of Scarborough back in my native Yorkshire best country in the world btw As with Borth the previous year January proved to be a great time to go out with the camera and my favourite shot from the visit was this shot looking up at one of the street lights on the sea front I liked the shot so much it became my profile picture online just about everywhere 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 Cycling Along The Rhymney Railway To Penrhos Cutting Posted by Stuart Herbert on July 26th 2010 in Barry Railway Cardiff Railway Historical Nantgarw Photos Rhymney Railway Shoot Taff Trail Taffs Well In 1858 the Rhymney Railway opened a branch route which ran from the Taff Vale Railway modern Valley Lines route at Walnut Tree Junction modern Taffs Well station up and over the Glamorganshire Canal to Penrhos Cutting where it was joined by the Barry Railway and the Pontypridd Caerphilly and Newport Railway It survived the construction of the A470 trunk road and was in use up until 1984 long after the railroad had constructed the Caerphilly Tunnel in 1871 to provide a much more direct route between the eastern valleys and Cardiff Today it forms a section of the Taff Trail a national cycle path route 8 that runs from Cardiff Bay in the south all the way north to Brecon in the heart of the Brecon Beacons The Photos The Rhymney Railway route starts at Taffs Well railway station with the magnificant Garth behind it The Garth with its three distinctive barrows dominates the skyline looking north from Cardiff At the start of this section of the Taff Trail if instead you want to head south towards Cardiff a route which threads its way through Tongwynlais and then largely follows the River Taff you can pick up refreshments in the village of Taffs Well if you need them Just cross the railway by the nearby bridge If you re heading north along the Rhymney Railway and then either up Penrhos Cutting to Caerphilly or along the Pontypridd Newport and Caerphilly railway route up through Nantgarw your nearest refreshments are some miles away Stocking up first in Taffs Well might be a good idea These lush daisies stand large and proud beside the fence at the start of the route To try and keep the Taff Trail just for walkers and cyclists the route is guarded by gates such as this one They do break up leisure cycling a bit as it s much safer to dismount to navigate but they seem a reasonable compromise to stop dirt bikers abusing the trail The route crosses the major A470 trunk road over a distinctive railway bridge I don t know for certain but I m willing to bet that this bridge is modern and was constructed when the A470 was built in 1969 1970 Note how the A470 was empty when I took this shot I commute up and down this road every weekday and traffic levels have been relatively low for several months Several years ago it wasn t unusual on a morning for this stretch to be completely stuffed with queueing traffic This is what the view is like along the bridge wide and flat with just the offensive graffiti for company Almost immediately beyond the bridge over the A470 the former Rhymney Railway section of the Taff Trail crosses a much older bridge which originally went over the Cardiff Railway The trackbed over the bridge has been tarmaced over but this central divider with its metal studs rivets remains a major feature There s hardly anything left of the Cardiff Railway in the immediate vicinity as much of it was obliterated by the construction of the A470 There s the Cardiff Railway stretch between Coryton and Longwood Drive that I ve covered before and also a stretch through Taffs Well that I haven t yet written up but in between I think this bridge that carried the Rhymney Railway over the Cardiff Railway is about the only bit of the Cardiff Railway that still exists Aways beyond the bridge over the Cardiff Railway a padlocked gate stands across the route There s one of the usual cycle gates beside it so that cyclists and walkers can use the route as normal This section of the Taff Trail is crossed in places by alleyways that disappear into housing estates in one direction and up the hill presumably to the other Taff Trail along the old Barry Railway yes there are two Taff Trails running in parallel here Metal gates bar them to prevent non walkers and non cyclists from abusing the route It would be interesting to dig out some old maps to see whether any of these were here as public footpaths back when the railway was in existence The Rhymney Railway section of the Taff Trail is very green this time of year almost monotonously so Occasional breaks of light like this provide interesting contrasts The contrast of shade and well lit trees beyond can make for eye catching scenes such as this but I imagine that if you re cycling rather than walking you d probably miss them as you whizz by Does anyone know what this sign might be I spotted it half buried in the undergrowth along the route Is it a left over from when the railway was here or something unrelated I ve no idea what this metal post s original function was It stands by the route and is happily rusting away If you can shed some light onto this please leave a comment below

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  • Stuart's Photography - » 2010 » June
    the site of Pontypridd High School in 1887 The village suffered great tragedy and loss in 1894 when 290 men and boys were killed by a massive underground explosion in the colliery References http en wikipedia org wiki Cilfynydd Copyright c 2010 Stuart Herbert blog twitter photography all 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 6 comments Merthyr Road Low Water Levels At Llwyn Onn Reservoir Posted by Stuart Herbert on June 26th 2010 in A470 Trunk Road Llwyn Onn Modern River Taff Shoot Taff Trail Completed in 1926 Llwyn Onn is the southernmost and largest of the three reservoirs built across the Taf Fawr to supply water to Merthyr Tydfil and the valleys south to Cardiff With unsually warm and dry weather so far in 2010 water levels at Llwyn Onn have dropped dramatically revealing Pont yr Daf and allowing safe access along the retaining wall to the sluice gates at the southern end The Photos The Taff Trail national cycle route 8 runs down the western edge of the reservoir and from the road there are plenty of paths like this one that you can use to walk down to the shores of the reservoir When the reservoir is at normal levels Pont yr Daf lies underwater But current water levels have fallen low enough to reveal the bridge the only surviving structure from when the reservoir was created This shot is looking north note how the whole northern end of the reservoir is both silted up and completely dried out Another shot of Pont yr Daf showing the low water levels as we look south down the reservoir On reflection I should have taken this photo at f 8 and made it sharp front to back A lesson for future shots I think Here s a pile of human junk out in the middle of the drying Llwyn Onn reservoir Note how green the ground is starting to turn at this spot My wife reckons the ground here could have been exposed for about a month for these plants to take hold like this The Llwyn Onn reservoir is completely dry north of Pont yr Daf From the bridge itself you can clearly see how the water is retreating south towards the reservoir s retaining wall This is a close up shot of a tree that had been washed up in the reservoir at some point The water levels at the Llwyn Onn Reservoir north of Merthyr Tydfil have fallen quite low this year exposing all of the northern end of the reservoir bed It is drying and cracking up quite nicely As the water level drops the reservoir bed is being slowly uncovered At first the bed is a horrible sticky mud and until it dries out it s a bit tricky to walk on The local fishermen have solved this problem by creating stone pathways out to the water and extending them as the water level continues to drop Here s a shot of the reservoir retaining wall looking south along the reservoir towards Merthyr You can clearly see how far the water stocks have fallen already this year and summer is only just beginning At the top of the retaining wall my wife spotted this tree growing out of a drainpipe It certainly looks like it has been here for some time With the water levels so low we were able to carefully walk out along the reservoir wall to the sluice gates To stop debris being flushed into the sluice gates and presumably to stop nosey photographers from doing something silly and ending up falling down the gates there are these metal bars across all of the sluice gates at the reservoir View this photo at large or better on Flickr the rust patterns in the bars are quite something Behind the bars lie the sluice gate itself but what does it look like and where does it go This is what the bars are protecting one of the sluice gates at the reservoir Not far into the blackness there must be quite a drop down to the valley floor below We didn t go and explore the other side so I couldn t tell you whether the gates empty into the river below or into the water plant Either way it s a ride that you don t want to try Whilst clambering back along the reservoir wall after visiting the sluice gates I spotted this shoe further down towards the receding water I m guessing it was washed up here when the water level fell rather than being simply abandoned by someone else scrambling along the wall See Also Trelewis s photos of Pont yr Daf it was her shots on Flickr that convinced us to head up to the reservoir to see the bridge for ourselves Alan George s Cwmtaff page including photos of the buildings lost when the valley was flooded to create the reservoir brackenb s photos of Pont yr Daf including a shot in the comments from 1959 A list of the UK s reservoirs on Wikipedia 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

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  • Stuart's Photography - » 2010 » May
    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 Return To Eden Posted by Stuart Herbert on May 29th 2010 in Photos Shoot Last weekend with the promise of blue skies and late spring sunshine Kristi and I headed down to Cornwall to make our first return trip to the Eden Project A lot has changed since our original visit Kristi has gone Canon and I ve revamped all of my Nikon gear and we were both eager to enjoy explore some of the parts of the Eden Project that we hadn t seen last time We had expected packed roads on the way there and back and heaving crowds at Eden it was a delicious surprise to run into neither It made for a wonderfully relaxing weekend and for some unexpected photography opportunities In particular I would never have expected to have been able to take a shot of the WEEE Man sculpture plus his surrounds just before noon with not a person in view although if you look closely you ll see a few folks in the Mediterranean Biodome behind him We practically had the place to ourselves after 4pm which led to an amusing chat when I worriedly went up to one of the Eden staff wondering whether or not the place had actually closed and I d not noticed Apparently everyone prefers to go to the beach on sunny days so there you have it if you want to explore the Eden Project with your camera pick the sunniest day going If you ve never been to the Eden Project do go It s a unique blend of art science education incredible engineering and culture and the result is something very special indeed You don t have to be interested in plants I m not to be utterly captivated by the place And did I mention that it s a great place to explore with your camera First Visit To Eden and here as a bonus are my photos from my first visit to the Eden Project all the way back in 2007 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 Outside The Core Posted by Stuart Herbert on May 28th 2010 in Desktop Wallpaper Download the full size picture to use as your desktop wallpaper It s almost the bank holiday weekend yay British weather for these weekends is traditionally disappointing so just in case last weekend s weather turns out to be a fluke I m bringing this week s Eden Project theme to a close with this uplifting photo of the flowers that sit outside The Core s entrance I hope you enjoyed my desktop wallpaper choices this week If you d like to see more photos from the Eden Project you can find the photos from our first visit back in 2007 in the Eden Project set on Flickr and tomorrow I ll publish all of the best photos from last weekend s return visit on my photography blog Have a great weekend and I ll be back on Tuesday to share my desktop wallpaper choices with you 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 Flower of Eden Posted by Stuart Herbert on May 27th 2010 in Desktop Wallpaper Download the full size picture to use as your desktop wallpaper My desktop wallpaper today is this beautifully detailed macro shot of one of the flowers in the Mediterranean Biodome at the Eden Project taken during this weekend s visit More tomorrow 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 Single Shot Series Vulcan Hotel Cardiff Posted by Stuart Herbert on May 26th 2010 in A470 Trunk Road Cardiff Historical Modern Photos Shoot The Vulcan Hotel has to be the most famous pub in all of Cardiff Built in 1853 it is one of the oldest pubs in Cardiff but for several years now has been under threat of closure because it is standing in the way of planned developments in what is becoming prime real estate in Cardiff With the current landlady leaving at the end of May 2010 and at the time of writing no news about her successor fans of this old fashioned pub are very worried that the pub will finally close

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    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 Single Shot Series Animal Wall Cardiff Posted by Stuart Herbert on April 28th 2010 in Cardiff Historical Photos Shoot Built in 1890 the Animal Wall outside Bute Park is sadly often overlooked by everyone who passes by A grade 1 listed structure the wall was originally sited in front of Cardiff Castle but was moved to its present location in 1925 The US Library of Congress contains a photo believe to be taken before 1900 showing the Animal Wall in its original location References A History of Cardiff on the Cardiff Jobs website Animal Wall on Wikipedia 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 Bird Box On Bridge Posted by Stuart Herbert on April 28th 2010 in Cardiff Railway Desktop Wallpaper Forest Farm Glamorganshire Canal Historical Shoot Download the full size picture 3884 x 2600 to use as your desktop wallpaper All life needs space to flourish and as we abandon land so the wildlife slowly but surely moves back in to reclaim it for its own This bird box is on the side of what was once a bridge over the Glamorganshire Canal s Middle Lock Today people drive to and from the local supermarket barely 400 yards from this bridge and I m willing to bet that very few of them know that this bridge is here at 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 Desktop Wallpaper Deer Silhouette Posted by Stuart Herbert on April 27th 2010 in Desktop Wallpaper Download the full size picture 3869 x 2238 to use as your desktop wallpaper Something a bit larger than yesterday s ant for today s desktop wallpaper choice Taken at Margam Country Park as part of a WelshFlickrCymru Flickr meet in the autumn of 2008 this is the best shot I managed of any of the deer that roam the park I love the way the dear is outlined I think I need to dig the original out of my Aperture library at some point to see what can be done with this with Aperture 3 More photography about life tomorrow with my next choice of daily desktop wallpaper 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 Ants At The Wildwood Trust Posted by Stuart Herbert on April 26th 2010 in Desktop Wallpaper Download the full size picture 1600 x 1071 to use as your desktop wallpaper This week s theme is life and to kick it off here s a photo I took four years ago during a weekend away at the Wildwood Trust in Kent It s a close up of some ants on a bit of wood and with its blurred background makes a simple but great picture to use as wallpaper provided your desktop isn t too cluttered A bit late today I forgot to queue up this week s desktop wallpaper at the weekend sorry but better late than never 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 Single Shot Series ye olde Newbridge Arms Posted by Stuart Herbert on April 26th 2010 in A470 Trunk Road Glamorganshire Canal Historical Photos Pontypridd Shoot In all honesty I don t know much at

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    through to the outside to see what the resulting photo would look like 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 Ogwen Valley Snowdonia Posted by Stuart Herbert on March 28th 2010 in Desktop Wallpaper Download the full size picture 1600 x 1063 to use as your desktop wallpaper Take the A5 north from Bettws y coed and you ll find yourself driving along imho the single most beautiful stretch of road in all of Wales Ogwen Valley lies to the east of the mountain passes of Snowdon itself and is so popular with walkers and climbers that it has its own webcam setup by the local Mountain Rescue team to allow visitors to see what the conditions are like before setting off for a day in the mountains 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 This photo was taken back in 2003 before I had geotagging enabled on my camera so there s a bit of guesswork as to exactly where along the A5 this particular shot was taken 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 Submerged Forest Posted by Stuart Herbert on March 27th 2010 in Desktop Wallpaper Download the full size picture 1600 x 1075 to use as your own desktop wallpaper Although it looks like some sort of octopus or creature of the deep that has been washed up onto the shore it s actually the preserved remains of a tree Borth Beach in mid Wales is an amazing place when the winter storms strip back the sand to uncover ancient trees beneath I first saw it featured on the BBC s Coast series and was captivated by the idea Amazingly if you Google for Borth Beach none of the hits on the first page mention the submerged forest it seems that most people visit this place during the summer when the trees aren t visible We went in mid January and got very lucky indeed with the amount of trees on show that day 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 New Feature Desktop Wallpaper Posted by Stuart Herbert on March 27th 2010 in Desktop Wallpaper News I like to change my desktop wallpaper regularly and recently I ve been sharing my choice with my followers on Flickr Judging by the Flickr stats it s been quite popular so I ve decided to start sharing these choices with my blog readers too I m also going to expand my choices to include great photos on Flickr by other photographers that I think deserve a wider audience If you come across any Creative Commons licensed photos on Flickr that you d like to see me feature please let me know by leaving a comment here or dropping me an email or a message on 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 The Magic Roundabout Posted by Stuart Herbert on March 26th 2010 in Bute

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  • Stuart's Photography - » 2010 » February
    amazing Borth Beach was another surprise for me The trip to Borth Beach was an amazing experience getting to park on the sand and walk amongst the uncovered remains of the old forest that used to be there and taking the now long serving Nikon D200 out for its very first trip But if there was one photo that I would have chosen from that set it would have been this one which was the very first shot that convinced me that the D200 was a huge improvement in picture quality not just in viewfinder over the D100 that it had replaced I can t argue at all about the next shot With 1 425 views this beautiful HDR shot of the Mumbles Lighthouse is at 8 on the top 20 list Despite many visits to Swansea over the last 18 years now this trip was the first one where I learned that Mumbles had both a pier and a lighthouse Like many of my better HDR photos this was a speculative shot towards the end of a tiring day I don t think it could have turned out much better Yet another surprise laid in wait for me at 11 My HDR series of shots of the River Taff has been one of the more popular photo sets I ve done but although it has 1 207 views it isn t the shot I would have picked from that photo set Instead I would have gone for this one Sure it looks very surreal because of the way I was shooting into the sun but it s a shot I could stare at for hours Getting back to the top 20 list and at 12 with 1 187 views is this HDR shot of the deserted beaches of Harris If you ve never been to the Isle of Harris then be assured that this photo completely fails to do justice to the gorgeous white sandy beaches on the western coast We re already looking forward to the day we can go back How does this photo only have 1 127 views I know I should have used a tripod instead of taking it handheld but come on this shot of Mrs H atop Caerphilly Mountain one wonderful misty morning deserves to be much higher up the list than merely 13 From the same misty morning shoot this shot of Craig Yr Allt and The Garth the hill where I took the shots of the Millennium Stadium and the steel works has 930 views and is 16 on the list And so we come to perhaps the single best photo I ve ever taken and it s back to Scotland and the Isle of Lewis for this HDR shot of Calanais at dusk This shot was taken right at the end of an amazing 40 minutes where we d had the whole place to ourselves as the sun went down It was five frames shot blind into the sun with

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  • Stuart's Photography - » 2010 » January
    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 6 comments New Camera Canon IXUS 200 IS Posted by Stuart Herbert on January 24th 2010 in Equipment I ve been without a pocket camera since my Panasonic FX 33 died on holiday in September 2007 until today For my birthday my wife has bought me a Canon IXUS 200 IS This 12MP camera features a wider angled lens than the IXUS 110 and also a longer zoom too but the main reason I picked this IXUS over its slimmer sibling is the touch screen In the past one of the deep frustrations of pocket cameras has been that I couldn t choose where the camera focused But with its 3 inch touch screen the IXUS 200 allows me to quickly and easily choose where the camera focuses with each and every shot And after an afternoon s walk around Swansea s redeveloped waterfront I think the potential of this camera speaks for itself Favourite Shot Two shots in particular stood out for me and they were both looking up at objects that most people probably ignore most days Thoughts On The Camera I ve read in several reviews that the IXUS 200 s touchscreen seems a bit of a gimmick and if you re used to an iPhone and its marvellous touch screen you d be forgiven for thinking the same But I chose this camera specifically because I could use the touchscreen to quickly and accurately pick the focus point for each photo and for the most part it worked very well indeed There are a few shots including two of the photos I ve published in this set where the final image wasn t sharp At first I thought the camera had a softness problem at maximum zoom but not every soft image was zoomed in to the max I m going to have to investigate this a bit more to try and figure it out There are also a few shots where the colours came out not washed out exactly but certainly looking odd I m guessing that this was something to do with the camera s automatic dynamic contrast feature and will be trying to figure that one out too to help minimise the number of disappointing photos in the future Other than that the IXUS 200 and I have become firm friends already and I m looking forward to getting out with it again soon Final Thoughts The Canon IXUS 40 was my first pocket digital camera and it was my faithful companion for several years taking plenty of interesting photos before it was finally retired The two Panasonics I ve had since then were excellent cameras too with the FX 33 winning in a head to head against the IXUS 40 When it died I replaced it with the LX3 but despite the

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  • Stuart's Photography - » 2009 » September
    work to date but sadly it doesn t work under OS X 10 6 Snow Leopard Still first impressions of v3 are very encouraging 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 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

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