Y Fenni

I went to Y Fenni for a few hours yesterday. Although I live under 30 miles from there, and have by passed it so many times over the years, this is the first time I have visited.

The Man in the Cap
The Man in the Cap

Y Fenni is a Market Town and basically like so many others, with one High Street, and a new development that gives a covered walkway as an entrance to a number of stores. What is nice to see are a good amount of local businesses, but as everywhere else, the big chains dominate with their presence.

One of the first things you notice is that the average age of the people in the town seems to be higher than in Cardiff and its surrounding areas. Maybe this was due to it being a Thursday and the younger people being in work.

Reading whilst waiting?
Reading whilst waiting?

After a short while of being there I took a look at one of the shots I had taken and noticed that there were a lot of bright highlights. Reviewing my settings I noticed that on the auto ISO which I use to ensure I get both indoor, outdoor, and also shadow areas correctly, was set to a minimum of 560. I’m not sure how it was that high as I always have it set to 100. I reset it and carried on, glad that I was shooting in RAW and wouldn’t lose all the shots.

Outside the shop
Outside the shop

This couple made me laugh. I got this shot, then the woman dived into a shop doorway. The man kept walking towards me and said “You watch she don’t break your camera. I took a picture of her last year, and it broke my camera.”

Together
Together

I was waiting to get a shot of the postman who was walking with his trolley and delivering letters to the shops. He took ages in this one shop, and you can see him coming out to the right. However this couple walked past me and as I was still waiting the man turned around, so I thought I’d have a shot of him anyway.

Behind You
Behind You

I didn’t get a shot of the postman in the end due to the people walking along the pavement, as it was quite narrow.


I got a shot of these two ladies talking in the street. I knew the one would look at me so waited for the opportune moment.

I am listening...but wondering what he's doing.
I am listening…but wondering what he’s doing.

I sat on a bench to eat my lunch and just along from me the building had recesses and benches had been put on the wall. There was a man playing music across the street and there was a vicar sitting on a bench along from me. He was tapping his foot and whistling along to the music. He was in the recess but I got this shot and I quite like it.

The Whistling Vicar is Hiding
The Whistling Vicar is Hiding

Just past the vicar was another man about to have a smoke so I readjusted and got this shot of him.

Past the Whistling Vicar
Past the Whistling Vicar

Whilst sitting on the bench I had a chat to these two young Chuggers, but the older one went to great pains to tell me that technically they weren’t Chuggers. Either way that is what people call them, as you can’t really differentiate. I had a good chat with the younger one as he is into photography. They went off for a break and I got this shot of them as I walked past.

Chuggers at rest
Chuggers at rest

I got this shot of the guy with the pipe and really pleased with it. I just wish he was puffing on it as that would have topped the shot off.

The Pipe Smoker
The Pipe Smoker

On returning home and downloading the shots, I noticed that the first few were very bright as expected, but also were all the others. At first I couldn’t work out why. I checked my settings, and everything was as normal. Then I looked at the Exposure Compensation which isn’t in the menu’s, and it was at +1. I had inadvertently left it after shooting in almost darkness at the rugby on Saturday. I do check things before I start out after the previous mishap, but I had never shot in such dark conditions before, and never touch the Exposure Compensation.

Enough of the excuses for my mistakes, but as you can see, shooting in RAW made sure I didn’t lose those shots, and pulled me through, just as it did in my September post Should you shoot in RAW?

8 thoughts on “Y Fenni

  1. Some really great shots here Wayne, there are a lot of characters in this strange sounding place, good interesting post, well done.

    • Cheers Baz.

      It may be better for you, as you are English, to call it by its English translation, Abergavenny.

      I’m sure you remember the song by Marty Wilde about Abergavenny from your youth. HERE

  2. annadelf

    Great shots, Wayne! Love the expressions and “down to earthiness” of this place…surely one to visit!

    • Thank you Ann. It is a normal Welsh Market Town. The nearest big town is Merthyr Tydfil.

  3. Ann Levy

    Great shots! Love the expressions…and now want to go there myself!

    • You can hop on the Eurostar Ann. However it will be a long trip, and when you get there you will be able to walk from one end to the other in under 2 minutes.

  4. These shots are great. I really love your black and white work and it’s inspired me to do more work in black and white. Normally I thought that it was kind of depressing, but you get such great expressions from people that it brightens up the photo, so to speak.

    On to my favorites. I love the picture and the story of the couple in “Together”. You can tell that they’ve been together for a long time. Couples that have been together for many years often tease each other in such ways.

    I also admire you for getting the shot “I am listening…but wondering what he’s doing.” You said that you just waited for one of them to look your way. Normally I wait for them to look away before I take their picture. 😀 I’m working my way up to taking their picture with direct eye contact.

    • Thank you Tina.

      I used to think the same about Black & White, and then realised the effectiveness of it. It focuses the attention on the subject, especially if there is a bright colour in the background as it neutralises that colour. There are some shots that cannot be converted in my view, as the reason you took them was due to the colour.

      The couple were very jovial, but it made me laugh when the woman disappeared into the doorway, partly due to the fact that she had, and also as I had already got the shot. Very nice friendly people though.

      I felt it was a really good shot of the two women just talking but wanted a bit more. I waited, got the shot then scanned around to the right with my eye still to the viewfinder, and they went back to talking.

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