Trains in the Landscape / Around Llyn Ystradau

Rather than just aother geeky set of locomotive shots, I’ve tried to give a wider vie, give the railway a bit of context. In fact you could argue these are just landscapes that happen to have  atrain in them, and you’d be right really.

This first shot was a grab, I was still walking to my desired location and all I had on hand was a Zuiko 50mm f1.8 set at f2.8, hardly ideal and technically a failure of a shot (there is very little in focus!) but full of atmosphere! There’s something about that little lens that keeps me coming back to it!

Shortly afterwards, a down train came hurtling through, or as hurtling as you can get on the Festiniog. Same lens from the same location,but this time at a more suitable aperture of F8.

Excitement over for a bit, I managed to head on down to my intended destination. You see I’ve been trying to recreate a photograph of Linda running along the shore of Llyn Ystradau with the Molwyns behind, and I think I’ve finally found the location the original was taken from. However, it turns out a lot has changed in the 20 years since that photo was taken, Lnda is now painted black, Llyn Ystradau is much lower, and in fact no longer features and the weedy saplings along the railway embankment are now quite large trees! Not to mention the weather! So this attempt is woeful, but I’m getting closer to my goal!

Much better was this attempt to cath the next down train in good light. The sense of scle here is fantastic, there’s even some people on the shoreline, and the gathering clouds help to brng some atmosphere. This was shot through the Panasonic 14-45mm which shows a marked increase in contrast and also a slightly richer colour than the Zuiko.

This next shot shows the remains of the Moelwyn tunnel, the original one, there’s ctually a suprising amount of debris left here, including this 2 bolt S pattern FR rail chair. There’s also point or signal rodding, which I didn’t have a fast enough wide angle to cover in the way I wanted, but never mind. The rail chair shot was difficult enough!

One last shot on the way back, taken from the stile by the footpath crossing, shoing a rare glimpse of blue sky over Blaenau Ffestiniog!



2 responses to “Trains in the Landscape / Around Llyn Ystradau

  1. They’re all good, these. But that shot at the foot of Moel yr Hydd is really rather something, well done. So nice to see someone doing something different with the FR!

    • Cheers Iain, I felt it would be nice to give a sense of location to the railway, afterall that’s what gives it’s unique character even among the NG railways of Wales.

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