Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Images of the Day - St.Fagans (Part 2)

After a request yesterday from Sinbad and I, there is now a part 2 to my trip from Saint Fagans. I hope you like the extra photos from that day.

Inside a typical 1840's welsh stone cottage

 The outside of the view of the above house

Some random Mud huts, im still puzzled of how they fit in with Welsh life !

Side view of St.Fagans castle.

Monday, 30 January 2012

Images of the Day - Saint Fagans

Today it was way to cold to go out taking photos, plus it was quite dark on my return home from work. I have this set of images from a recent trip to Saint Fagans, The Museum of Welsh life. This site was open in the 100 acre grounds of St.Fagans castle in 1948 and aimed to re-erected stone by stones some of the iconic buildings of Wales over the last 50 years. some of these are a school, farm, chapel and a workmen s institute.

Here are some of the better images from that day

Sunday, 29 January 2012

Image of the Week - Brick by brick

Another productive day today, had a drive to another local castle. Caerphilly Castle  It is the largest castle in Wales and the second largest in Britain after Windsor Castle. 
 Built mainly between 1268 and 1271 to stop Llywelyn ap Gruffudd's southward ambitions, it is an early example of a concentric castle with extensive water defenses.

Again i am favoring the mono conversions these days, it adds depth and a scene of age and eeriness.

I hope you like

Saturday, 28 January 2012

Image of the day - Peaceful morning

I thought this morning was as good as any to get out with the camera. Its been cold all week, and with a flurry of snow on Thursday its made it that much colder.
 I ventured to the local reservoir as this is a much visited beauty spot for many a different reason. Birdwatchers, sailors, anglers and ramblers (and photographers!!) all regularly visit this place.
 To give an idea of the size of this reservoir it is 102 Hectares, max depth is 30 meters and holds 3400 million gallons of water. Its primary purpose is to supply local homes and industry with water.

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Image of the Day - doorway to anywhere

Whilst out on a local ramble, i came across an arched doorway that just looked alluring enough that i just had to photograph it. There is something about the simplistic nature of wanting to know what is held within, something so important maybe that they had to padlock and mesh the entrance.
 I think the image is made more alive by using the mono conversion, with some light dodging and burning in areas.
 Anyway enough of the waffling. Here it is

Monday, 23 January 2012

Image of the day - Goodbye

As many of you know a close friend passed away over the new year. So as a final farewell i want to use his picture as my image of the day.

RIP Corporal Foley

Sunday, 22 January 2012

Image of the day - Sunset

As i didnt have alot of time to take this photo, the colours and overall exposure is a little off, but i still liked the overall feel of it.

There is a silhouette of a castle on the skyline but for the life of me i cannot find out what one it is.

Thursday, 19 January 2012

No photos today

Sorry guys, there will be no photos today. I've just come back from my friends military funeral. And really don't have the mind set to post much. Sorry all R.I.P Lee 22nd Engineers Britallion.

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Image of the Day - Stoned

While at a local beach i came across this lone pebble among some seaweed. after an hours walking i couldnt find a single pebble that remotely resembled the one that i found. The big question is

Where the heck did it come from???

Images of the day - Feathered friends

Seeing that most of the blogs that i am currently following are bird related, I though I would post up some of the birds that i have randomly taken snaps of without much though of. Please excuse some of the images as they were taken when i was still a beginner.

Monday, 16 January 2012

Image of the day - Mohammed & his mountain

Ever heard someone coin the phrase "If the mountain will not come to Mohammed, then Mohammed must go to the mountain"
 I took this literally while out on a trip in North Wales and got this spectacular shot of one of Snowdons smaller sister mountains.

Click the image for a larger view



Sunday, 15 January 2012

Image of the Day - A house like no other

Q: Can anyone guess where this famous UK house is?

Clue: there are lots of animas here

A: Longleat House. A part of the current Longleat safari park


Saturday, 14 January 2012

Images of the day - Around the world

These photos are from my last holiday to Florida, within Epcots World showcase. These were taken before the days of my serious addiction to photography, and my trusty Fuji bridge camera was the weapon of choice.
 The architecture that they had used while building some of the areas of the world is phenomenal, and got the finite details nailed down to a tee. These were two f my favorite images from two different continent of the park. The first was taken in Canada showcase (which was open October 1st 1982), and simply shows the Historical Totem pole and typical buildings.

The second was taken in the Morocco Pavilion, this is the walkway to one of the gift shops and is styled like the Bazaar entrances in Morocco itself, down to the small iron gate hangers and the incense that they burn the attention to detail again was second to none.

Thank you

Friday, 13 January 2012

Image of the Week - Waning Gibbous

As the title says, once a week on a Friday I will be adding an Image of the week. This will be my personal favorite photo that i have taken in that particular weeks shooting, it may be totally different to things that i have posted previously and i will try and explain the best I can of the why, who, where of the image.

This weeks image of the week was taken last night and is of the Moon phase Waning Gibbous. Now I know this phase comes round once a month and, how very boring. But........ if the sky is clear this evening and you are looking east toward the moon rise between 10-12pm (GMT) you will be able to see that the planet Mars will not only become visible (albeit smaller in comparison to the moon size), it will look as if it is chasing the moon across the night sky, this is something that does not happen very often and will be a pleasure to see.

 For the geeks out there you can use both the moon and Mars as anchor points to be able to find the Leo constellation .

Enough gassing, here is the Image of the week

Thank you


Thursday, 12 January 2012

Images of The Day - Iron Master

Hi Gang, I though I would switch things up a little and give you the image of the day in the form of a local landmark.
 Cyfartha castle was originally built in 1825 by William Crawshay, Iron Master of the south Wales Valleys. It cost £30,000 to build and was home to the Crawshay's until 1889.
 Merthyr Tydfil Corporation bought it in 1909, and it was turned into a school and museum displaying the rich and vibrant history of Merthyr Tydfil and a heritage that we are very proud of.

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Image of the Day - Rocky Robin

After reading many a blog of the UK bird photographers, I have been lucky enough to stumble upon one of my old images of a little Robin perched on a railing whilst in the Mountain biking centre (Coed-y-Brenin) in North Wales.

Arguably it is not the best of images, but its the only one that I have of a wild bird.

There is little more to say, other than its a Robin on a railing. Enjoy

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Image of the day - A head for heights

Whilst driving on holiday late last year to North Wales, we had to snake and wind our way over many a valley. Some of these valleys were dull not very interesting, just after coming from the Elan valley we encountered a parking spot where we thought was a good place to stop for a cup of tea. This is the view that we were greeted with.

Click for a larger view

This reservoir is a classic horse shoe shape and has a small boathouse at one end. We are hopefully goin there again this year and will take more photos for you all.


Monday, 9 January 2012

Image of the Day - YMCA

Todays images are of the old and disused YMCA building. It has been derelict for the last 25 years, but because of its graded listing they cannot tear it down and has worsened to a state where they cannot build anything with what is left.

Here is one of the original un-edited images

I though while i was out and it was dark that i would have a try at light trails from traffic. Taken at approx 7:30pm with the following settings.

ISO: 100
Aperture: f/11
Shutter speed: 34 secs (on bulb)
Focal: 18mm

What i wasn't expecting was the fire engines that ran right through my shot. nice effect though.

As always C&C most welcome


Saturday, 7 January 2012

Image of the day - Silhouette sunset

This image was taken on Hayling island in the South of England, looking off the Islands beach across the water toward Southampton. Just about central on the silhouette you can see the spinnaker tower. The colours that were made by the sky that night were awesome and with it being a clear sky i have not witnessed anything like it since.

Hope you like


Friday, 6 January 2012

Images of the Day - An afternoon in the rain

We another day, another downpour and yet another soaking courtesy of the fine Welsh Weather. Im Just glad that the Nikon stood the test of the weather and gave out some pretty interesting images. All the below were shot in RAW and processed through Photoshop CS5.

The first image is taken over a barbed wire fence at a disused limestone quarry, this has been out of action for about two years, while all of the machinery has gone the place still has that industrial haunted look about it.

Post production was a simple HDR effect with a duplicated (multiply) layer to give depth of the mid-tones and shadows.

Next it was onto a beauty sport within Merthyr Tydfil; pontsticill. This area is renowned for the fast flowing River Taff, the deep swirl pools and the awe inspiring Viaducts. The Viaduct was built to carry the Merthyr Tydfil to Brecon Train line.

 Before my next image of the Viaduct i a photo of the viaduct in 1903

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And again in 2012

Under one of the arches is a plaque that was place there to give land back to the people after the viaduct was abandon by the railway line

I hope you all like


Thursday, 5 January 2012

Image Of The Day - who let the dog out

Just a quickie for the image of the day today bloggers This is my Jack russel on the beach in Noth Wales. Run throughout Silver efex for the mono conversion and cropped to get rid of some busy background images was all that was used as PP on this image. I hope you like it

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Image Of the Day - Southern estuary

HI Gang, welcome into 2011. I know its a little late with this installment. This image was taken while on holiday in the south of Devon, a quite estuary with the tide out seemed like a picture perfect moment (excuse the pun).

A little PP has been carried out (levels, curves, exposure) but only to enhance some of the mid tones.

Thank you


Monday, 2 January 2012

Sorry for the lack of posts.

Hi all, sorry for the lack of posting the last few days. I have been catching up with my family over the new year before I return to work tomorrow(boo I know) I will be hoping to be back on track before the end of the week. Please bare with me. Thanks Shaun

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