The Sgwd Gwladus Waterfall

The Sgwd Gwladus Waterfall

Monday May 05, 2014

The sight and sound of the rushing flow of water cascading over a waterfall is one of nature's wonders.  Jackie and I had walked up to the waterfalls on the Elidir Trail in Waterfall Country near Pontneddfechan in South Wales, UK the previous week.  At that time it was raining and although I had took some photographs, they were simply snapshots. 

A week later, the sky was forecast to be perfectly overcast and so I decided that the time was right to take spend some time getting the best images possible.  I left the house whilst everyone was still in bed and drove the 45 minutes or so north. After parking, and now laden down with a bag of kit and a heavy tripod, it took me another 45 minutes to walk up along the winding and muddy path alongside the Afon Nedd Fechan river to the first waterfall, before I doubled back on myself to spend time at another three locations.  Sgwd Gwladus was the last waterfall of the four.   

All the images I took (for more images click here) were on a Canon 5D, tripod mounted for the long exposure with the highest F stop possible.  I also use a graduated filter on some of the images, especially as the daylight increased and started breaking through the clouds.  I love the way that the long exposure captures the energy of the water, turning the water milky white.

In Waterfall Country there are several fantastic waterfalls and I intend to photograph all of them and repeat the photographs as the seasons change.  What a great way to spend a Sunday morning!

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