After a bit of a break from photography, last week I dusted off the DSLR and headed over to the Brecon Beacons for a week of exploring and photography. It was clear I’d been out of the game for a while, as I made some schoolboy errors. The first of which came early in the week. After an overcast unispiring day, we headed into the hills near where we were staying for a short walk. As the weather had been so dull, I didn’t bother taking the camera and, you guessed it, just as the sun was setting, it broke through the clouds and lit up the hills with some incredible light! It really shows just how quickly conditions can change, and that you should always take a camera with you!
Pen y Fan
The following day we climbed the local mountain, Pen y Fan. We took the northern route from this photographer’s guide to the area. While it was a lovely walk, from a photographic point of view I should have left later in the day. It wasn’t until we were on our way back down in the afternoon that the light became more interesting with more photographic potential, and I was able to capture this shot of the path down.
The next day we visited the Waterfall Country, an area of woodland valleys, rivers and plenty of waterfalls. We followed the route described here, which is a great route to take in everything the region has to offer, but it’s certianly not a short walk and we were exhausted at the end of the day! The conditions were not perfect for capturing the beauty of the location (it was a very hot day with bright sun) I was still able to capture a couple of shot’s I’m pleased with.
This was an incredible location with huge photographic opportunities, so I’ll certainly be heading back, probably later in the year to capture the autumn colours. Looking at some of my favourite waterfalls pictures, they’re all shot on overcast days with diffused lighting so I’ll make sure to head back on a cloudy day!
Sigma 10-20mm Lens
For the entire trip I used my new lens, the Sigma 10-20mm wide angle zoom. I’ve been really impressed with the results I’ve got from it so far, it’s a huge change form the 17-85mm I’m used to and allows so much more to be included in the foreground. One drawback however is that it isn’t compatible with my current set of filters as you can see from the shot to the right! As a result, I was left without my usual filters and felt a little lost without them! I plan on upgrading my filters to get around this, probably to the Lee filters which seem to be the most popular amongst other landscapers.
I’ve seen so many fantastic shots taken with a wide angle like this, I’m very much looking forward to continuing to experiment!