Ffestiniog Railway: Steam 150 (May 2013)

Managed to find time between work to go to this but managed to miss just about everything I had really wanted to see! Never mind, got some good practice in with the 70-210 and even the 17-50 got a good workout. In fact for a change it was the 11-16 that was lagging behind in usage! Saturday was spent entirely in and around Boston Lodge, and Monday was a walk from Boston Lodge all the way to Dduallt. The weather was fine clear skies on Monday, not ideal at all, much better on Saturday with dappled cloud and the odd really dark brooding sky mixing things up and keeping the light interesting!

Steam 150 (Saturday)
Polishing a dome.... Steam 150 (Saturday)
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Traditional Lunch! Steam 150 (Saturday)
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Changes

You may have notcied a few changes going on around here of late, so I guess I’d better explain! It seems a few of you are mad enough to want to purchase prints of my work, so I’ve been busy rejigging things to add a store, which is now online and open! I’ve also taken the opportunity to update my online presence with a new domain which now acts as a hub for all my photographic activities, with it’s own gallery of my own selected shots.

Don’t worry I’ll still be aking pictures and posting them when I eventually get round to it, only now you have the chance to hang it on your wall too!

So the important addresses for you:

The home page: www.quarryscapes.co.uk

The Blog: www.quarryscapes.co.uk/blog

The Store: www.quarryscapes.co.uk/store

Enjoy everybody!

2011 in focus

So a lot happened in 2011.I moved back to film for a start, and in 2012 that is being progressed to processing said film too. So let’s look back at what I shot in 2011…

January was a cold month…

PG Incline 1

…but February brought some interesting light.

Nant Ffrancon

By March film was accompanying me evrywhere, though Digital was still the main output.

Plas Talysarn stables

In April Linda returned to the FR…

Linda Returns!

…Dolgoch returned to TR service in May…

Dolgoch & Talylyn @ Dolgoch, TR 60

…In June I discoverd the wonderful Minolta 45mm f2 lens…

Minffordd 1910

…July was a quiet month…

Temple of Industry - mk2

…August was quieter, but spelled the end for digital…

Ysbryd Dinorwig II

…XP2 continued into September…

The Last Blondin

..But Ektar made a good showing throughout October…

Kenidjack / Nancherrow valley

… And excelled in November…

Compressed

…But the year ends in Black and White.

Hanging Around

What’s this button do?

Ooh this looks like fun! Or more accurately, this looks like a good way to spend the days I’m trapped indoors by non photogenic weather!

So let’s begin! Here I would like to take the opportunity to introduce myself a little bit, I’m Alan (or Richard, or even Ray), and I like to take photgraphs. Not just any, but specifically dark, atmospheric ones centred on the bygone extraction industries that used to operate in these parts. These abandoned holes in the ground offer an interesting and rather poignant snapshot of times gone by, so wherever there’s rusty metal or crumbling masonary, you can find me there pointing a camera at it

For the record I shoot in both digital and good olf film. Photograhy is my passion, so you can expect a few deviations into the technicalities of photo equipment from time to time. What do I like photographically? Well I guess what I really like to see is gritty, high contrast B&W. There’s only a few things I hate in photography, and they would be overdone HDR, stupidly long exposure water shots and the over used pier/pontoon in a lake or lone pebble on a beach shots. Everything else stands a fair chance!

Right, that’s the intro out of the way,  now then, on with business!