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MapMyPHOTO's Photo Tour
Having used MapMyPHOTO to research our trip, last weekend we made our first visit to South Wales, in particular the Gower Peninsula and the Brecon Beacons.
When we arrived at the first location, Three Cliffs Bay, an almighty sunburst lit the sea like a spotlight and filled the sky with colour; our luck was in. The tide was out and we spent a good hour exploring different viewpoints, that was until my new 70D broke! The shutter release became stuck meaning it was constantly trying to focus which prevented most of the menu functions from operating, including the ability to preview images. I thought that all was lost, but luckily I could still take shots by manually focusing and a lot of guesswork. As it happened, when I got home I found that a grain of sand had lodged itself into the casing, once removed it worked again - so for you Canon users beware of this design fault.
Anyway, back to talking about the trip. We moved onto our second location, the Worm's Head which is further along the coast. The good weather continued, before shooting the location we had a pub lunch, sitting outside in December! We enjoyed the cliff top views over Rhossili bay until 3, by which time, the tide was going out again and the sun was beginning to set in just the right place. The rocks which become exposed at low tide at the Worm's Head provide lots of interesting foreground detail. Once again we set about taking some shots, enjoying the dramatic sunset. We both agreed that it was a top location with endless potential. Darkness eventually fell so we packed up and began the journey to the Brecon Beacons, ready to start again the following day.
Day 2: We woke up to glorious weather. Our first location of the day was the pumping house at Talybont-on-Usk. The low rising sun bathed the surrounding hill slopes in a golden light and we used our big stop filters to good effect.
We then traveled to the nearby Neuadd reservoir. Although the dam wall was surrounded in scaffolding, we were once again treated to perfect conditions, for an added bonus the slopes of Pen-y-Fan had a dusting of snow.
Our last location of the trip was the spillway at Pontsticill Reservoir and while the weather was on the change, the location didn't disappoint. Thankfully the reservoir was full enough to mean that the water was draining down the spillway, lending itself perfectly to a long exposure.