Waterfalls are not usually the first thing I imagine people come up with when thinking of Wales. Waterfalls were the perfect backdrop, not to mention escape from the city, to practice my long exposure photography using filters. My adventures into the world of filters has had me using a polarising and graduated ND (Neutral Density) filter. So, with tripod and an assortment of filters I headed into the mountains, aka. Brecon Beacons, South Wales.
Parking in Pontneddfechan, I followed the Elidir Trail from the Waterfalls Way Information Centre. Weaving my way along Nedd Fechan (river) reminded me of my time hiking in Tasmania – impossibly green and lush even though it had not rained for several weeks.
I had not expected so many waterfalls on just one small tributary. The Elidir Trail was popular with families and groups of teenagers trying to escape the summer heat. So it was with some searching and a little patience I managed to find myself alone with a waterfall. Normally I like to photograph scenes with people in, however I wanted to practice quietly on my own without the distraction of people moving in and out of my images (although if you look through the camera roll you will invariably find a couple of photos of people enjoying the cool refreshing water).
If you ever find yourself in south Wales wandering what to do, I can definitely recommend Waterfall Way.