I've only been to Wales once, but it seemed like every exit from the highways had a sign for a castle. My favorite place wasn't a castle (though all that I saw that have been mentioned were great). I absolutely loved Tintern Abbey. I want to go back there so badly.
Hope you have fun!
I went to Caernarfon at night and it was really neat. I took some slide film there. I took some color IR shots at Harlech (was going to take b/w IR too, but had some technical difficulties, i.e. film leader didn't catch :'(). I took some normal color slides there too. I'd like to go back. If you get a chance to go up into the turret, do so, it's an interesting view. Lots of stairs though. :o Portmeirion is also a neat place. The television show called The Prisoner (I think that's right) was filmed there in the '60's.
I'd second Tintern Abbey but from memory I don't think there's a railway there (think the nearest station would be Chepstow a few miles away) but I guess there would be a bus service from Chepstow.
Originally Posted by winger
Ooh, lots of good information, thanx everybody - I had no idea the castles would be lit at night, I'll definitile want to check that out. No tripod doesn't sound too good - I suck at keeping the camera level - anybody know where would one get a permit to do 'professional' photography? Or is it just not worth the bother?
Tintern Abbey looks really cool - I'll definitely add that to the plans. I like cicercian architecture and want to go to France for it at some point ... no definit year number yet though.
As far as getting permission goes, I suppose it's a case of how much kit is involved. If you show up bristling with gear then someone might have something to say, mainly because these days the Health and Safety aspect is what they are largely concerned about, ie someone tripping over a tripod leg and going a*s over t*t down their forty foot flight of 14th century granite steps! I rather like the old maxim "Tis far, far easier to beg forgiveness than to seek permission."
Originally Posted by sanderx1
Tintern Abbey is superb, but usually either crawling with people or engulfed in scaffolding, possibly both if you're really unlucky. A little further down the Wye Valley towards Chepstow is a place called "The 365 Steps", where there are ... I sense you're ahead of me here ... and if you go up them there are superb views across the meanderings of the Wye to the Severn and the Severn Bridges.
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Carry a monopod, you can always claim it's a hiking stick. Or get one of these.
Originally Posted by sanderx1
I recently visited The Great Britain, Brunel's iron steamship, and used a monopod for almost every interior shot because I was using available light and slow speeds . No one said anything and it wasn't too much of a chore to collapse the leg after each shot.
You can see the results it is possible to get using a monopod in the attached pictures (note these are just some neg scans I quickly ran off for this post).
Anáil nathrach, ortha bháis is beatha, do chéal déanaimh.
I visited the Great Britain for the first (and only) time twenty years ago, when the hull was being botched with what looked like Plastic Padding and Dulux gloss paint. Looks like things have moved on a bit since then and I should pay another visit. Nice pics too!
Welsh weather is pretty fickle too, particularly on the Western fringes. I wouldn't rule out colour film entirely, mind. Conwy is lit by night too - see http://www.uk-photo-library.co.uk/wa...wy/pages/6.htm
Some links you might find useful:
A site covering all the Welsh castles in detail (and Abbeys too):
Wales' official heritage body that is charged with looking after most of them:
The homepage says there is free entry to 12 of the castles on 1 March, St David's Day (Dydd Dewi Sant).
Conwy and Harlech are two that I know are near train stations. More info from http://www.arrivatrainswales.co.uk/
BTW check your spelling before you try to garner info via searches e.g. Beaumaris (I think there's a bus service of some sorts from Bangor to this one). Local Tourist Information Centres will be able to assist too. Official tourism websites:
My favourite has got to be Harlech. If you walk south through the town, just past the library you will come to a rocky outcrop overlooking the castle, with the Snowdon range in the background - one of Britains most stunning views! the light is good most of the day except in the morning in mid-winter, when the sun in behind the hill. happy shooting!
Without a car, your biggest problem is going to be transport. Out of season, buses run far less frequently (if at all) and may only run two or three times a day even to popular locations. Contrariwise, if you arrive in mid-season you get zillions of people crowding the place. So, I would recommend visiting at one end or the other of the peak holiday season: say May or June (school holidays start in July) or September (schools go back 1st week in September). This would also help with finding suitable accommodation.
Have fun, Bob.
P.S. Useful sites: Trains: http://www.arrivatrainswales.co.uk/ there are maps and timetables in there... Click on "Travelling With Us"
Buses: list of links to the various Welsh bus companies: http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/southeast...es/buses.shtml