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Semtex Old Building

Hi Everyone

I thought I'd share with you some images I took today, I meant to just quickly try the MMF-1 adaptor I purchased for my E-PL1, but ended up liking these photos so thought I'd post here to show you.

All images was taken on my E-PL1 with the MMF-1 adaptor, the first photo was using my Falcon/Samyang 8mm Lens and all others was with my 12-60mm. I then processed in lightroom and photomatix 4.

Everywhere I have read on the web, stated that the 12-60mm is so slow at focusing on the E-PL1, but I didnt have any problems, was fast enough for me, even in low light.

The building has quite a history, if you intrested you can read more about here - http://www.coflein.gov.uk/en/site/41...UBBER+FACTORY/

The building I photographed here is the boiler house and is the only building left standing, everything else was knocked down a few years ago and they built a silly Asda's on top of it I would have loved to photograph the main building

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Re: Semtex Old Building

ohh my kind of photography Love the derelict stuff.

I don't mean to be rude but I can't help noticing a lot of noise in some of the shots though.
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ohh my kind of photography Love the derelict stuff.

I don't mean to be rude but I can't help noticing a lot of noise in some of the shots though.
Cheers Garrie, yes they are a bit noisy in places, took them handheld at ISO 1600, I may revisit and take some shots properly with a tripod, also my processing dont help on this occasion I didnt mind the gritty look it gave
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Re: Semtex Old Building

I knew that it was the one at Brynmawr as soon as I saw the thread title. I remember it when it was open but there ain't much left now (I think that what is left is actually listed). Anyway, super stuff and I love 'em all! Not everyone's COT but fine by me (in moderation).
Actually passed within about a half mile of it coming back from the Beacons to Pontypool via Blaenavon.
I think that you have better images than me from your day out
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Re: Semtex Old Building

Cheers Dave, yes your right this is the only part left, which is a shame as the main building had fantastic roofs and Im sure they was designed by the same designer of the Sydney Opera House, small world huh !

Upload some of your shots I would love to see them

Heres another 2 I processing in B&W, some may prefer these



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Re: Semtex Old Building

I like the first and last two the best

Old stuff like this is where the tonemapped/HDR look works really well

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I like the first and last two the best

Old stuff like this is where the tonemapped/HDR look works really well

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Cheers Andy, yep I couldnt resist doing HDR on these
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Re: Semtex Old Building

So is the public permitted access to the place, or did you 'sneak' in?
Looks an HSE nightmare!
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So is the public permitted access to the place, or did you 'sneak' in?
Looks an HSE nightmare!
Well its kinda fenced off, but easy enough to simply walk in, yes health and safety is an issue and I think they will be knocking it down soon.
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Re: Semtex Old Building

Love the B/W but thats just me.

How did you do your conversions?
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Re: Semtex Old Building

Lovely set Steve, especially the B&W conversions, they really do work well.

I tried a look up on google maps from the coordinates provided on the link, and the satellite shot shows only an open space... can you let me know where this is please Steve. I have a band shoot coming up and I think this would be a great location for their style.
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Re: Semtex Old Building

Great set. No. 4 for me. Just love the reflections.
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Cheers Dave, yes your right this is the only part left, which is a shame as the main building had fantastic roofs and Im sure they was designed by the same designer of the Sydney Opera House, small world huh !
Perhaps strictly off-topic (as a non-photographic response), but Brynmawr was built by the Architects' Co-operative Partnership in 1947-53, while the Opera House was by Jørn Utzen in 1957-83. Interestingly, Ove Arup were the engineers on both projects.

Demolishing the Brynmawr factory was shameful. Next time you visit, can we have some shots of the spiral stair in the boiler house? It's only supported at top and bottom, which is pretty good in engineering terms!

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Re: Semtex Old Building

Steve, these compositions are brilliant, absolutely first class, and I love the subject matter. I agree with Garrie about the noise which, to me, is most apparent in Nos 2 & 5. Well worth going back at the earliest opportunity with a tripod. Oh, I wish it was near to me!
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Perhaps strictly off-topic (as a non-photographic response), but Brynmawr was built by the Architects' Co-operative Partnership in 1947-53, while the Opera House was by Jørn Utzen in 1957-83. Interestingly, Ove Arup were the engineers on both projects.

Demolishing the Brynmawr factory was shameful. Next time you visit, can we have some shots of the spiral stair in the boiler house? It's only supported at top and bottom, which is pretty good in engineering terms!

Best wishes,

Andrew
Cheers Andrew, I didnt see the spiral stair, but yes of course it will give me an excuse to go back and have a look
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