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  • Stuart's Photography - » 2009 » May
    and a popular local park with the Glamorganshire Canal I believe this bridge used to carry a light railway or very short tram road Today it s a wooden floored footbridge and I often cross it after visiting the Yummy Kitchen on the way home from work I like the Abercynon Iron Works bridge so much here s a second shot of the bridge from down below I ve been over the Abercynon Iron Works bridge hundreds of times but it was only when I went to photograph it that I discovered that it goes over more than just the River Taff I ve never seen or read about any sort of tram road running along the western shore of the River Taff so today I am at a lost to say what went under the bridge here Maybe this is simply a modern addition to enable access to the river bank from the park You can just about make out the arches of the old Machine Bridge at Glyntaff According to GaAC this bridge was built to carry the Doctor s Tramroad across the Taff to the Doctor s Canal where goods from the Rhondda were transferred onto canal barges and shipped downstream and into the Glamorganshire Canal proper GaAC speculates that this might be the oldest surviving railway bridge in the world predating all of the bridges that carried the Penydarren Tramroad down from Merthyr to Navigation This view has also been expressed in a local news article about a threat in 2003 to demolish the bridge Fancy that and yet there s no sort of plaque or anything information like on the bridge itself that I ve ever seen Unfortunately I took no notice at all of the old Machine Bridge at Glyntaff when it was still in use by cars so I have idea what this lattice framework is for or where it originally fitted into the bridge s construction For many years the Machine Bridge was the main road link between the A470 and Treforrest The fabric of the bridge couldn t withstand the traffic and the bridge was for a time threatened with demolition Thankfully common sense seems to have prevailed with a new road bridge having been built immediately south of the Machine Bridge Today the Machine Bridge is a footbridge closed to traffic but popular as a car park with council workmen or their contractors Isn t this a beautiful bridge to look at I m afraid that atm I don t know anything about it but I certainly would love to Favourite Photo From The Shoot It wasn t easy to pick just one photo from this group but this is the one that I like the most I just think it does a great job of showing off a very beautiful bridge Post Production This set of photos marks the start of the next evolution in my photographic style I ve been using HDR for several months now but this

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  • Stuart's Photography - » 2009 » April
    great to hear from you via comments left on the blog And I m always looking for suggestions of new locations to visit and explore with my camera 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 The Millennium Centre Cardiff Posted by Stuart Herbert on April 15th 2009 in Bute Docks Cardiff Merthyr Road Modern Photos Shoot This one has been up on Flickr for several months now but somehow I forgot to actually write a blog post about it to match Cardiff Bay has been almost completely transformed from abandoned dockyards into the playground of the wealthy in South Wales At the very centre of this new role proudly stands the Millennium Centre a world class arts venue for Europe s youngest capital city And when the sun strikes it at the right angle it positively radiates There are good reasons why just about all the best photos of the Millennium Centre tend to be from this angle Known locally as the Coal Scuttle because of its distinctive shape and colour the Millennium Centre is a surprisingly difficult subject to photograph If you think of its rivals around the world most notably the Sidney Opera House they are iconic buildings standing proud and prominent an absolute delight to photograph and very difficult to photograph badly Sadly like Cardiff City Centre after it Cardiff Bay hasn t been so much designed as a whole as had individual efforts constructed next to each other This has left the Coal Scuttle with mostly obscured lines and as a photographer I m left with the impression of a fat cartoon character trying to hide behind skinnier friends I think this is a real shame This is truly a great venue with a real will to put on a world class programme of arts to match 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 Single Shot Series Sunset On The Hill Posted by Stuart Herbert on April 15th 2009 in Merthyr Road Modern Photos Pontypridd Shoot

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  • Stuart's Photography - » 2009 » February
    caves were still open when we phoned ahead by the time we d forded the floods and made it there they d had to close the caves for the rest of the day The rising flood waters meant that we couldn t head back the way we d come so in the end we headed out west to the M6 and turned south towards Manchester and the M62 This is when I decided to kidnap Kristi for the rest of the day and take her to Blackpool to see the illuminations Blackpool is a sadly run down Lancashire seaside resort famous these days for its tower the rides at the Pleasurebeach a popular destination for hen and stag nights and the Illuminations that it puts on from later in the year We had fun on the gentler rides at the Pleasurebeach but by the time it was dark enough for the Illuminations to come on we were too tired to really enjoy them I didn t get any photos at all I ll have to go back another year to try again My Panasonic DMC FX33 finally died too This day turned into an epic fail I think Sunday 7th was a much more successful day Kristi grabbed her pots and paints and we ended up in Runswick Bay just north of Whitby Mmm a lovely relaxing day after the long mileage the day before and Kristi did a lovely little painting that she finished and sold whilst we were there With the floods receeding by the Monday it was time to head back into the Yorkshire Dales to Malham Cove I was really looking forward to exploring the limestone paving at the top and of putting my 10 20mm lens to the test down in the cove itself Unfortunately as we were walking along the footpaths towards the Cove someone fell from the top of the Cove and died The party of walkers in front of me found him and called in the emergency services but there was nothing anyone could do for him We spent the afternoon over at nearby Gordale Scar my first visit there before finishing the day taking photos of the small but perfectly formed Janet s Foss Tuesday 9th was a rest day and I took a day out of my holiday on Wednesday 10th to visit a customer for work Flamborough Head was our destination on Thursday 11th September We pottered around a bit enjoyed a somewhat windswept picnic and swiftly retired back to our holiday cottage for the day Friday 12th September was the last day of our holiday and that meant it was time to travel on the North Yorks Moors Railway This privately run steam railway winds its way through some picturesque countryside with several stations along the way where you can hop out and explore Our first stop was the Malyan Spout waterfall near Goathland It s an impressive sight and I was both stunned and privately annoyed at

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  • Stuart's Photography - » 2008 » October
    believe wandered by partway through and made the comment that surely we d both taken enough shots of the deer by then I m glad we ignored him because out of those 40 shots I only ended up with 4 that I was happy with Even with the 400mm lens it was difficult to get close shots of the deer eating under the trees Might be time to trade up to a 500mm lens next Further along the path climbs up to the top of another hill overlooking the country park The top of the hill features a lovely little copse of trees and a very strange brick lined pit Kristi reckons it must have been a swimming pool but if you can shed any light on it please leave a comment below My favourite memory of the whole day has to be the gum tree near the Orangery As you approach it all you can hear is the humming of all the bees drinking nectar from the tree There s a lovely bench underneath where you can sit relax and just enjoy the sheer sense of life all around you The Photos flickr album 72157607941543379 num 30 Post Production Since March this year I ve been working on improving my HDR post production technique trying to find the right settings in both Photomatix Pro 2 and Aperture 2 to tone down the unrealistic colours to match the faded look I ve been developing since my Taff Vale Eastern Ridge Walk set last year Although it adds a lot of time to the post production work the results are photos that hopefully are starting to take on a distinctive style not just in composition but also in colour and appearance Found On Flickr Don t forget to check out all of the other excellent photos taken by members of Welsh Flickr Cymru during this meet 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 Nokia N82 5 MP Camera Phone Posted by Stuart Herbert on October 10th 2008 in Equipment Photos When magazines print their Top 10 Photography Tips you can normally guarantee that the 1 photography tip is to always carry a camera with you Modern digital compact cameras have made that very easy to do but for many people the idea of carrying around an additional gadget doesn t fit with their lifestyle Enter the camera phone The whole appeal of a camera phone is that you re always going to have it with you because you always have your mobile phone with you They are also extremely discrete well the phones are the folks using them often are anything but which means you re not going to attract the sort of attention you might get taking carrying around a decent Nikon SLR Handy if you enjoy taking photos in the heart of London s Docklands and other places where the police come with their very own complimentary H K MP 5 sub machine gun Back in March I bought myself a silver Nokia N82 to become my main phone Since then I ve been snapping away with it and thought I d share the results The Nokia N82 5 Megapixel Camera Phone Nokia s N82 comes with a 5 Megapixel sensor and a Carl Zeiss lens supporting f 2 8 to f 5 6 Focal length is fixed and quoted by Nokia as 5 6mm Unfortunately they don t provide any figures to compare that to 35mil focal lengths but I d estimate that it s somewhere between the equivalent of 28mm to 50mm in 35mil terms It s important to stress that the lens is fixed focus All the zooming is digital which should be avoided at all costs Digital zooms result in lower quality images if you re lucky and on my Nokia N82 the auto focusing simply doesn t work if you try zooming in Mind you my particular handset has been back to Nokia more than once for repair so you may find this actually works quite well for you if you buy your own handset This camera can also take macro photos The quoted specs are that you can take macro photos at a distance of 10 50 cm I found that quite useful but not especially brilliant and if macro photography is your thing you re more than likely going to carry a real camera with a real macro lens anyway The lens is hidden behind a manual sliding cover to keep it clean which does the job just above the lens is a real flash not a crappy LED flash like the N95 had to suffer which I expect makes the N82 a great camera for taking photos of your drunk mates in the nightclub at the weekend which let s face it is really why phones have cameras at all Taking Photos With The Nokia N82 I got into digital photography early in 2003 when digital cameras were notorious for being slow to start up and to lag substantially when actually trying to take a photo Thankfully real cameras have long since banished this particular demon so it s really obvious how slow the N82 is when you whip it out of your pocket to capture a quick shot I have missed many shots because of how slow the camera mode is to start on the N82 how slow the autofocusing is and the lag when clicking the shutter release button If that s your type of photography then you

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  • Stuart's Photography - » 2008 » September
    that you don t see below Head on over to Flickr and mark the photo as a favourite now 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 269 Favourite Photos From Flickr Posted by Stuart Herbert on September 1st 2008 in Photos Photo sharing sites like Flickr are an amazing resource for amateur photographers Before the web and before sites like Flickr amateur photographers simply didn t get to see all that much of other people s work That has been changed forever and now the challenge is sorting through the absolute deluge of postings to find the photos that truly inspire educate and above all connect with us on some level Here are the 269 photos from my favourites list on Flickr 269 photos taken by other people and that I enjoy for one reason or another If you like these photos please don t just look at them Let the people who took these photos know that you appreciate their work by leaving a comment on the photo s Flickr page or maybe even marking it as a favourite of your own If you ve posted your list of favourite photos from Flickr online please leave a comment to let everyone know so that we can enjoy them too 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 Entry Into MyPlace Competition Posted by Stuart Herbert on September 1st 2008 in News After unexpectedly winning the weekly MyPlace competition with a photo uploaded to MyPlace last year I ve decided to have another go to see if I can win again This time round I ve submitted what is probably my other favourite shot from last year Mumbles Head and Lighthouse If you like the photo please vote for it at the MyPlace website 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

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  • Stuart's Photography - » 2008 » June
    line for Cardiff is that it is Europe s Youngest Capital City but I wonder how many people realise just how modern its magnificent civic centre is 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 Single Shot Series The Gatso Is Your Friend Posted by Stuart Herbert on June 8th 2008 in A470 Trunk Road Cardiff Glamorganshire Canal Merthyr Road Modern Photos Taff Trail Like most drivers I hate speed cameras Too many of them especially over in England seem to be sited in places where they are most likely to generate revenue This camera in Cathays Cardiff is one of the more sensibly located cameras It s placed outside a private nursery school on a road that has a major cycleway down the opposite side The car park on the opposite side has been built where the Glamorganshire Canal once ran and the lane disappearing off into the distance is approximately the route that the canal used to follow up towards Gabalfa 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 Single Shot Series The Way Is Blocked Posted by Stuart Herbert on June 2nd 2008 in Barry Railway Merthyr Road Modern Shoot Taffs Well Last summer I hiked up the Little Garth to take some shots of the remains of Walnut Junction Viaduct It s normally a very easy walk provided the ground is dry but this time the rains had brought more than just mud down onto the path just don t tell the missus that I scrambled over this thing both on the way up and on the way down 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

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  • Stuart's Photography - » 2008 » April
    beach to me I imagine and expect sand lots and lots of preferably white or golden sand Brighton Beach has no sand that I ve ever seen just lots and lots of stones worn smooth by the action of the English Channel This is a beach with no sand and no sea either Go figure But I discovered that this pebbly beach provides a wonderful texture for the late afternoon winter sun and was very pleased with the shots I snagged Of course the highlight for me was the gutted remains of the world famous Brighton West Pier Destroyed by fire in 2003 after decades of neglect all that remains today are some of the original supporting structures They re a fascinating subject to study with a camera and I would have loved to have had a longer zoom lens with me Photos From The Shoot Here are the photos I took on the day shared on Flickr Post Production Look Ma no HDR Well almost The last two shots in the sequence are both HDR My shot of the sorry remains of Brighton West Pier really benefited from the HDR treatment although it would have also benefited from the use of a tripod too It was Kristi who noticed all of the rescued or is that stripped parts of the pier hidden underneath the beach front With such a contrast of light and dark HDR was the only way an SLR could hope to capture everything I m not as happy with this shot as I d like I ll probably come back to it at some point and try again It s too dark dark enough that a lot of the detail can t be seen on my MacBook Pro Closing Thoughts I m not into street photography I m not comfortable pointing a lens at people especially without their knowledge but if street photography is your thing then the seafront down at Brighton has plenty going on for 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 1 comment Winter In Eden Posted by Stuart Herbert on April 3rd 2008 in Shoot Tagged with cornwall eden project great day out hdr nikon photography Last December Kristi and I headed down the M5 to Cornwall and the modern wonder of the world that is the Eden Project Created out of a reclaimed clay quarry by sheer bloody mindedness and a vision that just would not die the Eden Project is many things to many people A remarkable botanical garden to some dominated by the two huge biodomes with a third in the planning stage To others a fantastic educational centre And to music lovers a superb outdoor venue that s home to the Eden Sessions What makes all of this possible and what makes the Eden Project stand head and shoulders above other botantical gardens in England and Wales is that the Eden Project is a fusion of art science and technology It s impossible to come away from the Eden Project having not been touched by its unique approach Thoughts On The Day This was our first visit to the Eden Project but it will not be our last The Eden Project is run by the Eden Trust charity When you pay your entrance fee if you sign up for gift aid you get a membership card that entitles you to return to visit again for up to twelve months The first sight that greeted us as we stepped through the doors and out into the gardens was the massive rainforest biodome There s a very popular observation platform right outside the shop s doors and there s no shortage of shots on Flickr taken from here Yours truly duly had a go too and I got very lucky with the way that the low winter sun reflected off the biodome From there we worked our way down to the Core which is the education building Walking in you can t help but be drawn to The Nutcracker a fantastic moving sculpture exploring the idea of just how overcomplicated can you get when trying to crack a nut It had my complete attention so much so that I couldn t tell you what else was in the room with it that day At the heart of the Core stands the Seed a huge granite sculpture in a very small room lit from above through a curious skylight It s almost as if they created this space just to challenge every would be photographer who comes through Next time I want a Nikon D300 or a D3 and a Sigma 10 20mm lens to try my hand at this From there we made our way into the biodomes There are two indoor biodomes the Mediterranian Biodome and the Rainforest Biodome plus one more in planning the Edge On top of that don t overlook the Outdoor Biodome everywhere outside under the sky That sort of viewpoint is typical of the Eden Project and a great example of how different thinking makes the place unique Unfortunately my camera succumbed to the humidity in the Rainforest Biodome Either the Nikon D200 s weather seals aren t up to that particular challenge or my Nikon 18 135mm lens is the weak point there I did snag a shot of the back of a leaf not far inside the Rainforest Biodome but unfortunately that was it for a few hours Dusk brings with it another phase in the Eden Project experience The place lights

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

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