Another day in paradise and something completely different. This time it’s a photograph of Llandudno Pier, still an HDR image, but with additional work done in Photoshop.
Llandudno is a seaside resort and town in Conwy County Borough, Wales. Llandudno was specifically built as a mid-Victorian era holiday destination and is served by a branch railway line opened in 1858 from Llandudno Junction with stations at Deganwy and Llandudno.
Modern Llandudno takes its name from the ancient parish of Saint Tudno but also encompasses several neighbouring townships and districts including Craig-y-Don, Llanrhos, and Penrhyn Bay. Also nearby is the small town and marina of Deganwy and these last four are in the traditional parish of Llanrhos. The ancient geographical boundaries of the Llandudno area are complex. Although they are on the eastern side of the River Conwy (the natural boundary between north-west and north-east Wales), the ancient parishes of Llandudno, Llanrhos and Llangystennin (which includes Llandudno Junction) were in the medieval commote of Creuddyn in the Kingdom of Gwynedd, and afterwards part of Caernarfonshire. Today, Deganwy and Llandudno Junction are part of the town community of Conwy even though they are across the river and only linked to Conwy by a causeway and bridge.
The award-winning pier which is shown in this image is on the North Shore; it was built in 1878, and is 1,234 feet (376 m) in length and a Grade II listed building.
Looking back towards the town from the end of the pier, on a clear day you can see the mountains of Snowdonia rising over the town. A curious major extension of the pier in 1884 was in a landward direction along the side of what was the Baths Hotel (now where the Grand Hotel stands) to provide a new entrance with the Llandudno Pier Pavilion Theatre at the North Parade end of the promenade, thus increasing the pier’s length to 2,295 feet (700 m). Attractions on the pier include a bar, a cafe, amusement arcades and children’s fairground rides. There is also a range of shops, including Victorian kiosks selling photographic prints of the local area, crafts, herbal remedies and souvenirs.
In this I wanted to show that you can take HDR to the extreme, although this isn’t as extreme as some I’ve seen. The HDR part of the image has been over-cooked by pushing the sliders more than I normally would. Additionally I decided to give this image a bit of a glow and then try to age it a bit.