A Photography Trip to the Brecon Beacons National Park

The Planning

The Brecon Beacons is a relatively large area to pick a place to start from, to start planning most trips I start with Google Maps to pick the general area. Then it’s over to Bing Maps to investigate the detail of the terrain, the major benefit of this being that you can switch to an Ordnance Survey view giving you far greater detail.

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The Shoot

A 03:45 alarm to get me in the area by about 06:30. The weather was due to be clear earlier in the morning so off I went. Following a stream uphill, it wasn’t long before all the gear came out… I was somewhat excited to try out the Lee Filters LittleStopper that I had bought the day before.

The weather for the morning was forecast to be sunny with some light showers and patchy clouds. So off I set up the hillside with the Ordnance Survey app as my guild, halfway up a light shower hit. I carried on, a little bit of rain wasn’t going to stop me, and by the time I was out of the woodland, it was raining pretty hard… I felt a kind of kindred spirit to these bedraggled sheep.

The wind picked up and the rain was coming in sideways, with nothing but grey to the horizon, I decided to cut my losses and head back to the car. By the time I got back, however, the sun was out. So after drying out a bit, I drove round to the next car park.

I started to hike up Craig Y Fan Ddu and when I was about halfway up I decided to set up all the gear and take some HDRs of the next cloud front moving in. I was there for about an hour waiting for the clouds to form pleasing shadows on the hills opposite. The wait was worth it.

Clouds rolling in over the Brecon Beacons
1/500 Second, f/8, ISO 50, 7 Part HDR
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By the time I had finished the clouds were overhead, it looked like the rain was ready to return. I headed back down towards the car but got distracted by a waterfall so once again the LittleStopper came out and yet another hour floated by while I found which angle I liked and the hyperfocal distance that would get the whole frame in focus.

A colourful rock infront of a Waterfall in the Brecon Beacons
90 Second, f/22, ISO 50
Lee Filters Little Stopper
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