After a busy day at work the weather man said it would be a decent evening for photography, so how could I refuse? With little time to wander round I headed somewhere easy – Moel Tryfan. I always like going to Fron, it’s a strange little village but with so much interesting stuff surrounding it! Anyway, I got to the quarries and it was still spitting rain, but there was some great light from the low sun over Caernarfon so I got snapping.
I only made a quick pass through the pits and out to the top of Alexandra quarry and back again before running out of light but it did allow a few half decent photos and a good idea of what to see next time I’m in the area.
As an aside I was most gutted to see that the Vron Quarry Mill has been demolished. It was still standing last time I visited the area, and I’d hoped to get a snap or two on this visit. Still it’s that ever changing nature of these places that draws me back. Anyway, on with the pictures!
It was supposed to be foggy everywhere yesterday, and it certainly was at home, so I headed for Dinorwig as I had a plan. It was of course not so foggy up there, even near the top! Didn’t expect too much, but thought I’d see how well my new Fuji S5 compares with my old S3 for colour under such conditions and plodded on. Turns out it was a good idea, though I wasn’t there long a handful of opportunities presented themselves and the S5 managed fine, even as the last embers of light faded away.
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!
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!
Anyway, the light was wonderful, constantly changing from blue skies with fluffy clouds to full on menacing blackness!
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!
The last couple of rolls of Ektar seem to have missed the processor!
Here’s a few examples. Have to say I’m loving this film under blue skies, not so much under my favourite conditions of cloud cover with sun spots though, it always comes out flat and doesn’t pick out the sunspots at all. Not to worry, I have Velvia for that, and the newly acquired S3 of course 🙂
A small local trip, to a place not very far from my home yet somehwere I have not been before – Trwyn Llanbedrog. The idea was simple – check out whether it’ worth a return visit! Naturally, I took pictures this time round too! The wind was biting, despite the beautiful cloudless sky! (You won’t hear me say beautiful and cloudless often!)
Gwaith Canol is one of many small scale granite quarries on the headland, but it has left the most photogenic set of remains – those of it’s jetty on what is now known as Quarry Beach. Between 1885 and 1921 it was operated by Llanbedrog Granite Co. Ltd, and was likely in the hands of 1873 Llanbedrog Quarry Co. Ltd before that. Between 1895 and 1900 the agent was a Thomas Lee Roberts, who was also fiddling around with other mineral prospects in the county.
The technicalities: Pentax LX with SMC-M 50mm f1.4 shot onto Kodak BW400CN film at EI50 (Red Filter in place), developed in Caffenol CH 1+1 dilution for 16 minutes. There was a little isue with uneven development which I reckon was down to the dilution of Sodium Bromide, will use a little extra next time to make up for it.