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Aemilia
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« on: April 29, 2015, 11:05:03 am »

Hi Everyone,
I'm going to do a photography project starting in June after my exams on Victorian buildings in my local area. (South Wales Valleys). I can upload the photos here for you if you would like. If your interested just let me know down below Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2015, 11:41:09 am »

But of course.
PS good luck on your exams
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« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2015, 12:06:07 pm »

Yes, please and thank you!
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« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2015, 05:25:06 pm »

PS good luck on your exams
Thank you! I need all the luck I can get...
OK now I know theirs some interest i'll definitely post them. I'll drop you guys a message when I get started if you would like.
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« Reply #4 on: April 29, 2015, 05:49:07 pm »

I am interested as well!

Good luck on the exams!
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« Reply #5 on: April 29, 2015, 06:16:20 pm »

That would be very interesting. Good luck with your exams (thankfully I'm passed that stage of my life).

Although be warned, uploading photos on here isn't the most straightforward of processes (I think there's a thread somewhere with instructions).

EDIT: here we go http://brassgoggles.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,30047.0.html
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« Reply #6 on: April 29, 2015, 07:00:12 pm »

That would be very interesting. Good luck with your exams (thankfully I'm passed that stage of my life).

Although be warned, uploading photos on here isn't the most straightforward of processes (I think there's a thread somewhere with instructions).

EDIT: here we go http://brassgoggles.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,30047.0.html


Thanks I'll try and put them up here but If i have problems I'll post them somewhere else and send you all a link Smiley It's a shame really that no one (to my knowledge) has looked into the local history. I live not far from Merthyr Tydfil which believe it or not was very important in the industrial revolution so their are still many Victorian style buildings. Merthyr even used to have a train station designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel but they knocked it down so they could build a Tesco.
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« Reply #7 on: April 29, 2015, 07:32:07 pm »

That last sentence is so sad.
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« Reply #8 on: April 29, 2015, 08:04:27 pm »

(snip)

Merthyr even used to have a train station designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel but they knocked it down so they could build a Tesco.

Unfortunately true of so many places; instead or reusing these buildings that are so full of character, they are just demolished to make way for some nondescript box.

All the best with your project and exams, and looking forward to seeing the fruits of this.

Yours,
Miranda.
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« Reply #9 on: April 29, 2015, 08:05:28 pm »

Merthyr even used to have a train station designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel but they knocked it down so they could build a Tesco.

Now that is a shame  Sad There's just no respect for proper architecture these days.
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« Reply #10 on: April 29, 2015, 09:13:32 pm »

Luckily the council had a bunch of grants and they're running a regeneration project on some of the old buildings that are salvageable and not privately owned. They already completely renovated the town hall and kept a lot of the period features inside. It's now a part of the college and is were all the performing arts and staging courses are taught. (Don't worry I'll take lots of pictures)
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« Reply #11 on: April 29, 2015, 09:27:43 pm »

 Smiley
Always on the lookout for interesting backgrounds, so do post away.
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« Reply #12 on: April 29, 2015, 10:07:58 pm »

I'm going to do a photography project starting in June after my exams on Victorian buildings in my local area. (South Wales Valleys).

Well..... If you are going to stick with the Victorian period, it might be as well to use a camera from the period. Might be able to help on that side - Got a camera sitting here that dates from around 1898, just needs a new set of bellows (and maybe a few cogs  Grin).
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« Reply #13 on: April 29, 2015, 10:18:28 pm »

Do share your project, photography and industrial/architectural history is a perfect combination!

Have you thought how you're going to photograph them?
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« Reply #14 on: April 29, 2015, 11:55:34 pm »

My grandfather gave me one of his cameras and gave me a couple of lessons before he got sick and passed away so I'll be using that one as my main camera. A kind of (crappy) homage as he was such an amazing photographer. Its a Canon Rebel EOS 300D that's so old it has a compact flash card Cheesy its old but good and I have multiple lenses for it. I was thinking I might experiment a bit with a pinhole camera too maybe some sketching, it all depends on how creative I feel closer to the time.

(A link to his photos if anyone's interested)
https://www.flickr.com/photos/welshgog/

(Edit)
I tend to work with digital cameras as that's what I'm used to plus it'll be easier for me to edit them if I decide to and when I upload them.
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« Reply #15 on: April 30, 2015, 12:28:59 pm »

Its a Canon Rebel EOS 300D that's so old it has a compact flash card Cheesy


Something for inspiration: http://www.borutpeterlin.com/Studio-Pelikan/thumbs/

Most of my cameras are so old, they don't even have batteries  Tongue
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« Reply #16 on: April 30, 2015, 02:12:19 pm »

Its a Canon Rebel EOS 300D that's so old it has a compact flash card Cheesy
That's a plenty good enough camera, and it's a fitting project to use such a kind bequest for.  Mixed media using your photography and sketches would be very personal.

With architecture photography a decent tripod is very useful - particularly if you're also going to record interiors.  One of the biggest problems is converging verticals, the expensive way to get around it is a specialist t/s lens.  An easier way is to either shoot very wide, or focus on the smaller details.  Going in close to record the intimate details of the building is an approach that can often engage the viewer because it brings the scale of the images down to an ordinary, every-day human level.  Details such as period door handles are touched everyday but perhaps not really seen and appreciated until someone presents them in a photograph, whereas a full-length façade can only be seen from so far back the sense of scale and presence can be lost.
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« Reply #17 on: April 30, 2015, 05:42:40 pm »

Thank you for the tips. The wet-plate photography is beautiful unfortunately i'm not that talented  Grin
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« Reply #18 on: May 01, 2015, 01:33:34 am »

...And there's a fix for those weird converging angles in Photoshop, if you have it. Wink
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« Reply #19 on: June 17, 2015, 04:53:54 pm »

Hi Everyone,
As of 3:15pm today I finished my last exam. Whilst I'm going away camping with my family over the weekend I hope to start my project as soon as possible and hope to have it all wrapped up by mid-July. I'll keep everyone posted with my progress.
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« Reply #20 on: June 17, 2015, 08:33:29 pm »

This would be ideal....
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« Reply #21 on: June 17, 2015, 10:23:26 pm »

Good luck with the exams!

Is Castel Coch on your list?  Although it's a medieval castle, it's a Victorian idealised reconstruction of a medieval castle.  (It's a bit Gothic.)
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« Reply #22 on: August 08, 2015, 05:38:55 pm »

Good luck with the exams!

Is Castel Coch on your list?  Although it's a medieval castle, it's a Victorian idealised reconstruction of a medieval castle.  (It's a bit Gothic.)

Hi Guys,
I know i haven't uploaded any photos yet and its waay past the deadline i gave myself but to put it very simply life got in the way (don't you hate it when that happens?) However doing this project is still something i'm incredibly interested and eager to do and will get done at some point in the near future (hopefully by the end of the summer holidays). I will be covering Castle Coch as long as I can get transport there as well as Cyfathfa Castle and Park and the 19thC Castle Apartments in the grounds of Cardiff Castle. I'll also, like I said, be covering lesser known buildings in my local area. Although its technically not steampunk there are also some Edwardian Buildings in my area I can photograph too if interest is high enough.
Sorry to have to keep you all waiting,
Aemilia
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« Reply #23 on: August 09, 2015, 02:30:45 am »

Moderators and other followers of this thread:

Since the photo project she's doing is about Victorian architecture, wouldn't it be beneficial to move this thread to Geographical? That's the board where our other architectural threads are, and I'd like for these pictures to reach as much of their target audience as possible. If there looks to be some agreement, one of us can "report" this thread and ask the mods to make the move.

Note to Aemilia:  Might you consider modifying your subject header to "Victorian Buildings (or Architecture) Photo Project"? That would give people a better idea of what the thread is about.

Regardless, I'm looking forward to your photos!
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« Reply #24 on: August 09, 2015, 03:52:04 am »

#pragma mod-hat ON

I'm inclined to leave this thread where it is for the time being. Once Ms. Aemilia has some photos to post we can consider moving this thread, or she could start a new thread in Geographical.
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