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Blaenavon Ironworks

Posted by
Doug (Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom) on 10 January 2013 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

Blaenavon Ironworks opened in the year 1789, it was constructed with three blast furnaces and employed about three hundred men, many of whom were iron-making experts who travelled with their employers from Staffordshire to help construct the works.

Between 1799 and 1881 the managing director was James Ashwell and the most impressive monument to Ashwell's work at Blaenavon Ironworks is the water balance tower at its northern end (which is on the left of the picture), which was built in 1839. This form of lift technology using water to counter-balance loads was used in the mine shafts of south east Wales and at several ironworks. Blaenavon water balance tower is the best preserved example.

Taken with three hand held shots bracketed 2 stops apart and HDR processed using Photomatix then a little fine tuning in Elements.

Canon EOS 500D 1/99 second F/4.0 ISO 400 18 mm


Making an effort to return to AM3 after a bit of an absence, it's really nice to see photo's from all contributors and I will try to comment when I can. If I offer criticism I do so only to help and I do not wish to cause offence. My photography tends to be from my travels, as well as my passion which is wildlife and landscape. I hope you enjoy what you see.
Thanks for your comments I'm really grateful for them and welcome constructive feedback.

JDY from Aberdeen, United States

Wow, pretty darn good for hand held.

10 Jan 2013 5:03am

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Nice view. Iron works were important factories.

10 Jan 2013 5:39am

Luke from Spokane Washington, United States


10 Jan 2013 7:12am

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran


10 Jan 2013 7:42am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Superb composition - wonderful sense of history. Excellent work with the HDR as well.

10 Jan 2013 8:48am

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Fabulous HDR, Doug - the colors and light are magnificent.

10 Jan 2013 9:03am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Fine processing again Doug, all very natural for an HDR.

10 Jan 2013 9:21am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Excellent processing.. just perfect HDR

10 Jan 2013 9:32am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

The processing is spot on-a bit of a lift, but truly nothing obtrusive. Interesting write-up too

10 Jan 2013 9:36am

Kate from EXETER, United Kingdom

You are an expert Doug, this just pops out at me, its stunning.

10 Jan 2013 9:37am

Christine from Ellemford, United Kingdom

Very nicely done

10 Jan 2013 10:56am

Devi from Chennai, India

Excellent Doug !!! Amazing presentation and thank you fo all that info !! I am in awe !!!!

10 Jan 2013 11:23am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Very nicely done Doug and your usual excellent documentation to go with it

10 Jan 2013 11:47am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Wonderful composition !

10 Jan 2013 2:09pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

Interesting and informative text to accompany a wonderfully controlled processing for this beautiful scene.

10 Jan 2013 2:10pm

Jeff from Pembroke Dock, United Kingdom

Really well done Doug, and nice to know how you did it, http://www.chunkofcheese.co.uk/ will give you another slant on Blaenafon you may not know. ;>)

10 Jan 2013 2:38pm

B.Sully from Surf City, United States

What a beautiful countryside, I love your use of hdr processing - I think sometimes the hdr can be a bit over the top, but this is just perfect. It brings out all the right details and colors. Well done!

10 Jan 2013 2:43pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Nice light on this lovely landscape.

10 Jan 2013 3:02pm

Akbar&Armaghan from Gorgan, Iran

Wonderful shot!!

10 Jan 2013 3:36pm

Heinz from Hamm, Germany

Gute Verarbeitung.

10 Jan 2013 3:45pm

Martine from bousval, Belgium

Une superbe lumière et un très beau paysage!! j'aime

10 Jan 2013 3:47pm

Slackwater - Don from Spokane, United States

A fine shot of these historic iron works. Interesting shot and fascinating history.

10 Jan 2013 4:18pm

Gheorghe from Bucuresti, Romania

Excelent shot "powered" by lovely light. Bravo !

10 Jan 2013 4:25pm

Baldwin Vandewalle from Bejuma, Venezuela

Beautiful photo of this interesting place and great history !!!

10 Jan 2013 4:56pm

Calusarus from Drome des collines, France

Very pleasant with these delicate colors

10 Jan 2013 5:08pm

franz from Baden, Austria

awesome perspective and scope, expert processing!
very interesting story to go with the place!

10 Jan 2013 5:10pm

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

I don't know what is more fantastic, the construction of the ironworks, or your wonderful image! This could be a old painting.

10 Jan 2013 6:08pm

Lena from San Francisco, United States

Gorgeous view. nice composition.

10 Jan 2013 6:20pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

the pp lived up to the climb!!

10 Jan 2013 6:28pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

A wonderful HDR shot Doug! The light is perfect! ;-)

10 Jan 2013 7:14pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Beautiful HDR! Gorgeous light and great POV! I love the sky!

10 Jan 2013 7:24pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Excellent HDR ... and magnifies light ...! Best regards...

10 Jan 2013 8:01pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

A brilliant composition with spectacular results - and I just LOVE your text! Thank you so much, Doug :-)

10 Jan 2013 8:17pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Really beautiful spot for the Ironworks ... gorgeous photo and information!

10 Jan 2013 9:36pm

Carol from Leamington, Canada

It seems you have the touch for HDR Doug, this is so striking, that sky is a delight! Great color and detail, very nice!

10 Jan 2013 9:50pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A beautiful shot of the ironworks. A handheld HDR? Bravo!

10 Jan 2013 10:04pm

Jules from Drayton, United Kingdom

awesome HDR - the light is beautiful as is the sky - excellent work Doug

10 Jan 2013 10:41pm

Dan from Quartz Hill, United States

Well Done Doug..

11 Jan 2013 12:55am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Super scene Doug - you've got the colour just right.

11 Jan 2013 8:19am

L'Angevine from Angers, France

trop bien la toiture violette

11 Jan 2013 6:28pm

Abena from Illinois, United States

That is amazing and pretty awesome to visit! Thanks for sharing a part of the history. I love the glow of sunlight, soft green grassy hills, deep blue sky. Everything. Brilliantly framed and captured!

12 Jan 2013 6:12am

Joyce from Montana, United States

Cool scene with elements beautifully defined and clear. Nice one Doug!

13 Jan 2013 5:13pm

Canon EOS 500D
1/99 second
ISO 400
18 mm