We’ve been given permission to photograph the inside ground floor and outdoor areas of Craig-y-Nos Castle on Tuesday 28th June. The dinning room will be in use during our visit, so we are asked to consider residents by not taking photographs in this room. We meet at the club and leave at 6.30pm. Its been requested that we park alongside the road and leave the hotel car park, free for residents.
Craig-y-Nos Castle is a Victorian-Gothic country house, built on parkland beside the River Tawe in the upper Swansea Valley. It was the former estate of opera singer Adelina Patti.
Today, part of the complex is used as a boutique hotel and the castle grounds are surrounded by a designated country park, which forms part of the Brecon Beacons National Park.
The castle is said to be subject to strong paranormal phenomena and haunted by the ghosts of Patti. Unexplained presences taking many different forms have allegedly been experienced by visitors all over the castle. Nurses who worked at Craig-y-nos when it was a hospital, have reported walking past somebody on the stairs and corridors, but nobody was there. There have also been many unexplained noises and sounds of footsteps. The building has been subject to an investigation on Living TV’s – Most Haunted; which can be viewed on Youtube.
Members meet at the club and leave for Melyncourt Falls at 6.30 pm on Tuesday 21st June 2016. Access to the falls is via an uneven footpath which slopes down dramatically to one side and may have some muddy areas along the way, so suitable footwear is advised. The walk from the car park will take approximately ten minutes.
Melincourt Falls is a spectacular 80 feet high waterfall on Melin Court Brook, located 1 mile from Resolven. It is formed where the brook plunges over a band of Lower Pennant Sandstone. The falls have been drawing visitors for at least two centuries – they are certainly known to have inspired J.M.W. Turner to paint them in 1794. The falls are considered by some to constitute a part of Waterfall County though the bulk of these falls are a few miles further northeast at the head of the Vale of Neath.
Our first summer evening on Tuesday 14th June 2016 will be a model shoot with professional photographer Carl Ryan at Aberavon Beach. Carl will demonstrate how to set up the shoot and will provide a model for the evening. Members are invited to take part and to capture their own images on the night. We meet at the club and leave for Aberavon at 6.30pm. Should the weather be poor, the shoot will take place in the clubhouse instead.
An Evening With Fotospeed.
Fotospeed will be at Neath and District Photographic Society on Tuesday 31st May 2016 at 7.30pm. Vince will be talking about the mysteries of getting the perfect print.
The first half of the evening will cover the importance of colour management and things such as paper profiling, monitor calibration and print workflow.
During the second half of the evening, he will show their extensive range of papers and talk about each of their uses. He will explain how each paper can work differently with your images.
There will also be a trade stand display on the night with a 20% discount for all who attend.