An afternoon in the Meirionydd Gold belt

Pistyll Cain & Rhaeadr Mawddach

Not half as fun as you’d think that’s to the weather! After severe storms on Thursday ravaging Gwynedd I figured waterfalls would be a sure bet on Firday, so I headed down to Pistyll Cain & Rhaeadr Mawddach in the hills behind Ganllwyd. I’m not a fan of dull weather waterfalls that seem oh so popular with amateurs but on this occasion there was no choice, the weatherman lied about clear skies and rain was the order of the day.

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No matter, the falls are difficult to photograph anyway as all the best angles are made impossible by the topography of the area.

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On the way home a little dejected I was treated to a slight consolation prize in the form of some pleasing colours over Trawsfynydd, which I think makes up for the poor form at the falls.

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A Nantlle Autumn

First time back in a Quarry after my accident, and it wasn’t a good idea biologically, but photographically I think it paid off nicely!

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First off was a nose around the Talysarn quarry, then carry on up to Blaen y Cae. A Gorse bush has grown over one of my favourite views so it’s now not possible! That only took 18 months – that stuff grows fast!

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Anyway, the light was wonderful, constantly changing from blue skies with fluffy clouds to full on menacing blackness!

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Having filled up my memory cards I headed for home, but the light over the sea was unavoidable, so I stopped off at Aberdesach where I quickly made room for a handful more shots and managed to capture a particularly aggressive looking sunset. Well almost a sunset anyway. Rain and full memory cards intervened so I didn’t get the actual setting, but it can be done another day!

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Windows 7 drivers for Minolta scanners

There’s a lot of conflicting information out there about making old Minolta scanners to work on Windows 7 (or Vista for that matter) but it’s actually straightforward enough They run fine under Vuescan as is, but to use the Minolta software you need a new driver – here.

To install run the Minolta software installer. Make sure the scanner is not connected. Once installed and rebooted, plug the scanner in and fire it up. The Minolta software will say there’s nothing connected, Windows will ask you for drivers. Point them to the inf file linked at the top, let it install and job done. Restart the Minolta software and it will now run like normal.

Hope that’s of use to some of you!

Classic Festiniog

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An interesting gala this one, a tribute to the late Alan Pegler and the early preservation era. Unfortunately I couldn’t get time off work to indulge in the whole event but I spent enough time there when I could!
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There was a huge amount to see: Classic train formations, Gravity trains, demonstration freight, recreation of the chain shunt and Boston Lodge works was open on the Saturday for a look around.
All very enjoyable, though I busted an ankle at Cei Mawr on the Sunday, that made for a fun night of work – still it means no excuses today (Monday) for not getting the pics processed!

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So lets see what we have! In my usual style we have some wide shots of the whole landscape with a train, some more signs and notices and a whole lot of details from Boston Lodge. Oh yes there are a few trains too! I have also taken some lomo shots on an old film compact, the results of that will be worth seeing when I get round to finishing the roll!
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Quarryscapes at Quarrypower!

Quarry Power Cavalcade

What with other commitments (Like Rallying!) taking up my time I didn’t get to spend the full weekend at Quarrypower, but I did manage to get to the cavalcade of locomotives travelling down the Welsh Highland, particularly the showcase at Cwm Cloch above Beddgelert. There was a pretty good turnout considering the rather dull weather, High ISO was the norm for the day though there were occasional bright spells and even the odd hint of blue in the sky!

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The Fuji S3 is perfect for days like this – as one photographer on the day put it it appears to have a ‘Sunshine Button’! You’ll notice that I’ve been shifting a lot towards people pictures, something I don’t normally do. You’ll also notice that I’m not that good at them, constantly missing focus! I will get there though!

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I’ve also gone for a lot of detail shots, trying to maximise use of my Nikkor 35mm f1.8,as it tends to go unused on most shoots. I still think it’s a poor standard lens, but it’s certainly capable of some good results.

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Wales Rally GB

Whilst I am unable to venture into the forests due to other photography commitments I was able to go to the ceremonial start in Llandudno and capture some of the event.

It seems my photography technique has deserted me, so I’m working especially hard on my hand holding again now (10 degree horizon?), amazing what you can forget when you don’t use a camera in a while!

Anyway, some of the better shots of the evening

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That’s probably my longest post to date 🙂 Hope you like!