Neath, United Kingom
7nd April 2022
Sony A7RII with a 24-70mm f/2.8 lens
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We’ve had such good milage out of the book Photographing South Wales, which we used as a travel guide last year on our two trips to Pembrokeshire, and again just recently when we met with my family in the Brecon Beacons. Whilst I’m the only avid photographer in the group, anything in the book is going to appeal to most people anyway, as the reason you go to a place like Wales is to take in the wonderful landscapes. Anyway, I can’t recommend the book enough.
This particular set of trails, called Waterfall Country, was also the focus of an Ian Worth video last year, so it was fun to actually try to apply some of the composition tips he had suggested to the same location - normally when you watch these sorts of videos you never actually apply the learning to the exact same spot!
Anyway, here is my take at the cliched waterfall shot. I don’t really have the right gear for this sort of thing - beyond a tripod - but it is fun to do. I made up for the lack of ND filter by whacking the aperture up as high as it’ll go, and to hell with diffraction :) The one main tip I took from Ian Worth’s video on the topic is you really don’t need that long an exposure to get good effects, so at f/22 you can just about pull this off. I also lack a polarising filter that people recommend for this sort of shot. But mostly what I lack is experience in framing these kinds of things, and the only way to get better at that is by keeping on trying, regardless of "correct" gear.