Cardiff Arcades from a totally different perspective…

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of borrowing a Nikon D4 and an 8mm fisheye lens.

What better subject for such a combination than the beautiful arcade architecture?

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Wide angle deliciousness from the Royal and Morgan Arcade.

One of my absolute tip-top favourite things about the arcades is the stunning architecture. When you look up something magical happens. It’s a real wow moment, and I still get it even after seeing them probably thousands of times. I took some photos in the Morgan Arcade a few months back when it was dark. They were pretty good, but when the sun is shining and the sky is blue, a whole other dimension comes alive.

Just gorgeous.

I don’t need many words to introduce this post. Just enjoy the photos.

Feedback welcome!

And don’t forget to check out these other wide-angle photos:

High Street Arcade
Castle Arcade
Morgan Arcade









High Street Arcade’s turn for wide-angle goodness

So here’s the third (and probably not final) installment in my series of wide angle shots, attempting to really showcase the stunning architecture of the arcades and show you just how different they all are. I’ve already shown you the Morgan and Castle Arcade, so here now is the High Street Arcade.

I’m missing pictures from the Royal Arcade and Morgan Arcade. I’ve included shots from the Duke Street Arcade in with the High Street Arcade because it’s so small – and you can see the High Street Arcade in the shots too. That’s not to say I won’t go back and take some more at a later date of course.

Once again I took a few in the morning and a few in the evening to get two different perspectives. I’m really hoping to see some sunshine over the weekend so I can take proper advantage of the skylights, fingers crossed!

I think it will be interesting to see which of the arcades gets the most clicks as it’ll be a very crude measurement of which is most popular – although to be honest at the moment Castle and Morgan are pretty much neck and neck. Please feel free to let me know which ones have been your favourite (and why!) in the comments box below.

In this set you’ll also see a picture of The Wardrobe, one of the sadly empty shops in the High Street Arcade. It’s a beautiful space and it’s a real shame that no one is able to take advantage of it at the moment, look at the gorgeous curves and the amazing windows – I really hope someone fills it soon.

Castle Arcade gets the Wide-Angle treatment

The Castle Arcade is probably my favourite arcade. I know I shouldn’t have favourites, but this one is pretty special. It has beautiful architecture which you can explore because it has a BALCONY! Yes you can walk around the top level in here because there are businesses with offices up here, along with some more specialist shops that you wouldn’t just randomly walk into (Cardiff Violins for instance).

I love coming up here for a wander around, taking a gander at the passers by walking below me and generally checking out the gorgeous surroundings. Naturally the 10-20mm lens I’ve borrowed is perfect for shooting it in all its glory, so I just had to do it today. I visited twice, once this morning and once this evening so I’ve got both light and dark images – I’m really hoping the sun comes out soon and we have a blue sky – can you imagine what the skylights must look like then? Incredible I’d wager… until that day finally arrives (please, weather man, soon), enjoy these shots, please do let me know what you think in the comments box.

P.S. Check out the small figures in the final picture – gives you a real sense of scale 🙂

Super-cool, super-wide angle shots from the Morgan Arcade

Today I managed to get my hands on a 10-20mm wide angle lens, which I’ve got on loan for a couple of weeks. I simply couldn’t wait to try it out, so I popped to the Royal and Morgan Arcades after work (the High Street and Castle Arcades put their shutters down by the time I get home) and took a few of these – the shots I like best are all from Morgan, hence the title of this post.

I love, love, love the architecture of the arcades, and boy does the 10mm show it off well. I love the arcades at night too, but I can’t wait to shoot in the broad sunlight as well as the gorgeous skylights let in some beautiful light if you catch the time right (and it means I won’t have to ramp the ISO up quite so high – some of these shots are in the lofty heights of 2000…)

One of these days a miracle will happen and I’ll manage to drag myself out of bed for an early morning shoot… we’ll see…

Anyway, back to the important business – hope you like the pictures – feel free to leave any feedback in the comments!

If you like these don’t forget to check out more wide-angle goodness from the following arcades:
Castle Arcade wide-angle photos
High Street Arcade wide-angle photos