#WRT2016 Part Two

Wales Road Trip – Part Two

Firstly have you read Part One, if not check it out here: WRT2016 Part One

One thing that Wales is famous for are their slate quarries, so on day two of our trip we headed for Cwmorthin.  To be honest I had no idea where it was, well that was until we got to the car park and realised that I had actually been before on a workshop with Doug Chinnery a couple of years previous.  Then I remember the hill we had to ascend to get to the first part, I’m not the most active or fit person you could meet. It was worse for Andy as he was suffering with a bad back, however we all made it to the top.

When you reach the top you are confronted my an expanse of water with slate building dotted around, must in disrepair. The last time I visited here I didn’t do much exploring due to the weather, that day it never stopped so much so that the rain had penetrated my camera bag.  This time was different, we split up and Ian and I headed around the lake to the left thinking there was a path we could follow all the way round. This didn’t materialise, however we weren’t disappointed as we found a slate fence that Ian had seen pictures of before.  Well this made a perfect subject for the pinhole camera.

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The camera is quite new to me and I was really glad I had done some testing prior to the trip as I didn’t realise how wide it shoots, in the shot above I don’t think I was more than 12-18 inches away from the taller slate on the right. We progressed up the path following the slate fence past the tree you can see in the shot above.  Had a quick look back and felt the view back was even better, the camera came out again this time one with a lens :-).  The slate wasn’t as upright here as they were in the first shot and feel that really helped with the composition of the next shot.

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Both Damien & Andy where way back wondering around the lake, so Ian and I decided to walk up a steep track further up the mountain.  It was tough going for me not the fittest person, as I may have mentioned before but was really proud that I made it to the top.  When we got to the next level there were more derelict slate buildings, we had a wander round and I took a few shots on the phone (see below).  This is when it started to rain, to be fair I was quite happy about that it cooled me down from my efforts to get there.

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We headed back down to meet Damien and Andy who had been also shooting the fence and surrounding area and from what I have seen, have made a great job of it to.

We all started to walk back to the car, however the reflections on the water were amazing so we stopped again and looked at the shapes the reflections made and just enjoyed the view.  We crossed a a small stone bridge and noticed the stream to the right was looking really good.  Damien decided to take a few shots, I even lent him my polariser to see if that would cut back some of the reflections.  It was at this point Damien realised he had left his tripod half way up the mountain,  what he didn’t know is Ian had found it and carried it down.  Not before letting Andy and I in on the secret, this is the face of a man who has just realised he has to walk back up where he came from.

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Don’t worry, we didn’t let him go far, only to the corner before we called him back, not sure if Ian ever did get the pint off Damien for carrying his tripod half way down a mountain for him :-). If you ever get a chance to visit this area, it comes highly recommended, i think I could have spent a couple of days here as there is so much more to explore.





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