Holiday Report – 27 June 2014

Steps taken: 5,463

Rain was forecast today, so our activities were planned around not getting wet. We started with a brief look around the shops in Llangollen. A t-shirt may have been bought. We then went to the station in plenty of time for a coffee and a Welsh cake before the 10:50 departure on the Llangollen Railway. We rode up to the end of the line, then rode back again, where we waited long enough to watch the engine change ends. Here it is:

Steam

Steam

Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/6.4
Shutter speed: 1/100s
Focal length: 55mm
ISO: 400
Location: 52° 58.2866′ 0″ N 3° 10.2835′ 0″ W
Taken: 27 June, 2014

The next stop was the Llangollen Motor Museum, a lovely personal collection of cars and motorbikes, most of which are in working order (and they’re working on a lot of the others). I’m not a big fan of cars (Geoff, on the other hand, definitely is), but I found much to appreciate.

We then headed up the Horseshoe pass. The rain had arrived by then, so my attempt at landscape photography was quickly abandoned. I have some images I’ll try to salvage when I’m in front of my big screen.

We stopped for lunch at the Ponderosa[1]. Nice place, good selection of food. Popular with bikers (there were quite a few there today).

Then it was back downhill for a visit to Valle Crucis Abbey, a lovely ruin with more bits intact than a lot of abbeys. Here’s the west front:

Valle Crucis Abbey

Valle Crucis Abbey

Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/6.4
Shutter speed: 1/750s
Focal length: 11.5mm
ISO: 400
Location: 52° 59.3454′ 0″ N 3° 11.2237′ 0″ W
Taken: 27 June, 2014

..and the view from the other side:

Valle Crucis Abbey

Valle Crucis Abbey

Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/13
Shutter speed: 1/110s
Focal length: 24mm
ISO: 400
Location: 52° 59.3354′ 0″ N 3° 11.1321′ 0″ W
Taken: 27 June, 2014

And finally, an in-camera panoramic shot:

Valle Crucis Abbey

Valle Crucis Abbey

Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/7.1
Shutter speed: 1/400s
Focal length: 10mm
ISO: 400
Location: 52° 59.3173′ 0″ N 3° 11.2141′ 0″ W
Taken: 27 June, 2014

More photos (edited ones!) when I get back to a bigger screen…

[1] Cue Bonanza theme….

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