An autumn visit to the Brecon Beacons waterfall country around the village of Ystradfellte is becoming a club tradition.
This year, a dedicated group of waterfall enthusiasts travelled west from Devizes on a lovely autumn day, hoping for vibrant colours. The walk of around 6 miles is fairly rugged and takes in four principal waterfalls.
Autumn so far has been fairly dry with the result that water flows were moderate, exposing plenty of interesting rock architecture for our compositions. We were able to get close to several of the falls, taking advantage of rocky ledges for our tripods to make unusual and dramatic compositions. Sgwd Isaf Clun-gwyn is a curtain of water with a foreground of swirling rapids, within which fallen leaves sometimes gyrate.
With practice, a long exposure can capture the patterns made by swirling leaves. Further down the same gorge, Sgwd Isaf Clun-gwyn looked particularly attractive with golden light reflecting down the valley sides, illuminating wet rocks and leaves. Sgwd y Pannwr offered a range of viewpoints to take in different aspects of its multiple tiers and cascades, with gentle autumn colours of trees as a backdrop.
Finally, at Sgwd yr Eira we were able to walk behind the waterfall for a spectacular experience of the falling water. We then set ourselves up with suitable foregrounds of luxuriantly green mossy boulders but had to wait for the falls to clear of other visitors. Eventually we were rewarded for our patience and made our compositions in time to get back to the car park as dusk fell.
All enjoyed what is surely one of the most spectacular day trips from Wiltshire; people would travel long distances to photograph many lesser sights.
Thanks to Dave for expert knowledge and guiding. RH
Photo top left - Club members behind the falls by Robert Harvey ARPS EFIAP