A Visit To The Ruins Of The 14th Century Capel Mair.

Today we visited Capel Mair, in Margam, Port Talbot, Wales. Capel Mair is a small chapel dedicated to St Mary that was built by the monks of Margam Abbey around 1300. It is located on a hill overlooking the M4 motorway near Port Talbot . It is a Grade II Listed building and a familiar landmark for many locals. Unfortunately, it has suffered from vandalism and fire damage in recent years.

I took a group of 17 of us a fairly short route to the ancient ruins of Capel Mair, we also visited the Monks Baths, which is now little more than a shell of its once former glory. The weather was grey and overcast, but I thought I would do something a little different, and with my main Fujifilm X-T3 camera, I used the TTArtisan 7.5mm fisheye lens. It has been a while since I have used this, and I wanted to be a little different. My Olympus was equipped with the 14-42mm lens, which I find very versatile.

All images were edited in Darktable, using the Sigmoid module and various adjustments and my “Pastel” dt Style. No crops were made today, and unusually for me lately, there are no 5:4 ratio images!

Over the months I’ve been using the Olympus, I’ve really started to enjoy its rendering of images. The raw files, are so nice to work with, and the colours are much warmer than the cold Fujifilm raw files. I think, if it wasn’t for the lack of really good wide angles for micro four thirds, I would be tempted. However, I like the middle-ground of the Fujifilm A-PSC sensor.

Anyway, as usual, these are just the initial edits of the day, and on social media (Facebook, Instagram and Vero), I will be sharing much more developed and tweaked images.

Thank you everyone, and if you want to support me, I do accept donations to PayPal at mgadams1970@gmail.com Thank you, and see you all soon,

Published by Mark G.Adams

Fujifilm And Olympus Documentary Photographer, YouTuber & Blogger.

6 thoughts on “A Visit To The Ruins Of The 14th Century Capel Mair.

  1. I’ve always loved old buildings and ruins, and this little chapel is no exception.
    Although there is not much left of it, it is and remains a gem !
    Anyway, shame about the vandalism.
    I noticed that you write Capel instead of Chapel, forgive my language ignorance, is there a difference? I looked it up but couldn’t find a clear explanation.

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      1. Here in Wales, it’s a strange mixture of language. Some things, such as Capel Mair are known by their Welsh names, yet across the way is Margam Castle which we always say in English (Castell Margam in Welsh).

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