#401 – Pen-yr-Orsedd Quarry Part 1

I’ve no particular association with the area or the industry, but I have an odd fascination with the slate industry and the way it has shaped the landscape of North Wales. In most industries, once a plant has worn out or is rendered obsolete for whatever reason, the place is either raised to the ground and something…

#352 – Cwm Bychan – Another Get Carter Landscape – 3

And so to finish off this short series, a few black and white images. After lugging my tripod several miles to allow me to do some exposure bracketing, I realised in post processing that it probably wasn’t necessary, there was adequate information in the correctly exposed raw file. But as I’d gone to the effort…

#351 – Cwm Bychan – Another Get Carter Landscape – 2

  Warning – equipment discussion! A popular misconception is that an ultra wide angle lens is required for landscape photography, and while useful, it can often lead to hackneyed compositions and converging verticals. Used judiciously they are a useful tool, but not the only tool in the landscape photographers bag. I bought my Nikon 16-35…

#350 – Cwm Bychan – Another Get Carter Landscape -1

  If you’ve seen the classic film Get Carter, then you’ll recall the closing scenes of the film when Jack, against the backdrop of a clanking colliery ropeway on the bleak Durham coast, gets his revenge on the gangster who killed his brother. Watch it here if you’ve not seen it – it’s a tad…

#345 – Reworked Images 11 – Dinorwic

This is the same scene that I posted up a few posts back, albeit a few feet to the left and a few feet higher up. I’ve not made it as contrasty as the other one as I don’t think it needs it due to it being entirely monochrome. I’m not convinced about the cohesiveness…

#341 – Reworked Images 7 – High and Dry

When I visited the Duke of Lancaster a few years back, I took the opportunity to take a lot of photographs, from as many different angles as I could think, on a variety of different lenses. At the time, I only actually processed about 10 or 12 of them, but after a 3 years break I…

#339 – Reworked Images 5 – Dinorwic Flower

 The finished image The starting point – pretty much straight out of camera with one or two tonal adjustments. I originally cropped this into portrait format, processed it, and subsequently presented it that way for several years. When I revisited it, I decided to process it in its original landscape format, and then decide afterwards…

#313 – The Duke of Lancaster’s New Clothes

Seeing the Duke of Lancaster from the road for the first time is a bit of a surreal experience. The North Wales coast road is a fairly uninteresting drive as coast roads go, you can rarely if ever see the sea, and the road is a frustrating affair of dual carriageways, single carriage ways, roundabouts,…

#305 – Bad News From Brymbo

 If you’ve visited my website, you may have already seen this, but I wanted to spread the news through other channels as well. I have had the following sad news from the Brymbo Heritage Group who look after the last surviving buildings of the Brymbo Steelworks site in North Wales. “Due to the snow that…

#296 – Man Made Mountains Project

Man Made Mountains from Fourth Dimension on Vimeo. Not my work, but an excellent video that is definitely worth a look! I struggled to understand what the project was all about at first, but realised that the end product was in effect a temporary exhibition of the photographs taken of the slate industry, in the…