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I first cycled the 'mountain road' from Devil's Bridge to Rhayader in 1965, half-way through a round trip from Southampton to Snowdonia and back. In those days the deserted lead miners' cottages at Cwmystwyth looked more substantial than this; police subsequently had them pulled down due to their periodic occupation by New Age Travellers. Even in the bright, hot summer of '65 the buildings looked dark and threatening in a memorable landscape.

By a stroke of fate most of my family now live within thirty miles or so of Cwmystwyth. During our recent visit there it provided the only substantial photographic opportunity, all of twenty minutes in swirling sleet. This week I'm posting a sequence of five photos that could only be in black & white.

Brand:Panasonic
Camera:Panasonic Lumix G2
Lens:LUMIX G VARIO 7-14/F4.0
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:12 Apr 2013 - 9:11 AM
Focal Length:7mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.0
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:1/125sec
Exposure Comp:-0.33
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Manual
Title:Cwmystwyth 1
Username:woolybill1 woolybill1
Uploaded:13 May 2013 - 7:25 AM
Tags:Architecture, Black & white, Landscape, Photo journalism
Votes:41

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SUE118
SUE118 e2 Member 6SUE118 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
13 May 2013 - 7:28 AM

There's superb beauty in this image and I look forward to the rest.

Nikonuser1
Nikonuser1 e2 Member 2Nikonuser1 vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
13 May 2013 - 7:57 AM

A great image Bill, stark and moodySmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile


Cliff

Nigeve1
Nigeve1 e2 Member 1912 forum postsNigeve1 vcard United Kingdom95 Constructive Critique Points
13 May 2013 - 8:31 AM

Strong atmospheric image.
Nigel

WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41116 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England137 Constructive Critique Points
13 May 2013 - 8:45 AM

Gritty and dark and probably very evocative of the conditions the miners had to endure. Lots of texture coming through despite the low key light. Maybe not one for the Welsh Tourist Board! Grin

Dave

Kurt42
Kurt42 e2 Member 111164 forum postsKurt42 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
13 May 2013 - 8:59 AM

A fine image. The composition and gritty look brings out a sense of abandonment.

helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7338 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
13 May 2013 - 9:10 AM

Powerful stuff Bill !!!
Great pov- and a wonderful atmospheric shot - mono is spot on
Helen

franken
franken e2 Member 123264 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
13 May 2013 - 9:14 AM

Atmospheric and dramatic image Bill.

Ken.

cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104247 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
13 May 2013 - 9:43 AM

Dark and foreboding Smile

Joline
Joline e2 Member 8Joline vcard United States52 Constructive Critique Points
13 May 2013 - 12:38 PM

I'd like a phonetic pronunciation of that name!
This is as dark and dramatic as a gothic novel. Love it!

AnnChown
AnnChown e2 Member 5192 forum postsAnnChown vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
13 May 2013 - 2:03 PM

Very gritty - lots of atmosphere and drama.
Ann

lifesnapper
lifesnapper e2 Member 8lifesnapper vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
13 May 2013 - 5:20 PM

Very atmospheric Bill, perfect processing for the image.

John Smile

jovanovic
jovanovic e2 Member 3jovanovic vcard France
13 May 2013 - 9:08 PM

Yes, a great black and white image! SmileSmileSmile

whatriveristhis
whatriveristhis e2 Member 167 forum postswhatriveristhis vcard England79 Constructive Critique Points
13 May 2013 - 9:52 PM

That's what I call a "Hardcore" image, Bill, there's no way you'd ever see it on a biscuit tin lid. It's a beauty, and I look forward to the others.
Thanks again for the UASmileSmile

Alan

Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England211 Constructive Critique Points
15 May 2013 - 9:09 AM

Strong mono work Bill
Regards Richard

Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8246 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
15 May 2013 - 10:10 AM

The mono adds drama and atmosphere and conveys ruggedness and wildness. Wales a land where men are men and sheep are frightened!Wink

Last Modified By Glostopcat at 15 May 2013 - 10:10 AM
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