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Landscape Photography in Coed y Brenin national park

Coed y Brenin national park is a vast forest with lots of opportunity for woodland landscape photography. I parked at Ganllwyd on the A470 and walked upstream for several miles. Upon reaching the footbridge, you will find lots of compositions around the gorge area. The colour was just kicking in with splashes of golden foliage dotted around, and the dark murky conditions aided long exposures. If you carry on upstream you can complete a circuit which will take you to the gold mine ruins and 2 waterfalls, Rhaeadr Mawddach and Pistyll Cain. Both spectacular after rainfall. You will find some footage of these at the end of my vlog. Coed y Brenin which means forest of the kings covers some 36km2 and has some of the best mountain biking trails in the country. Can't wait to take my bike up there next time I visit :)

The first image downstream under the footbridge was taken with my wide lens and although I think the shot is ok, I prefer the second image further downstream as it captures more colour and eliminates the rather empty area of the shot that you see in the first.

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The settings for the above shot were as follows. Fuji X-T2 fuji 10-24mm f4 lens. @12mm iso 200 F9 with a 3-second exposure. I used a hoya pro circular polarizer to take some of the glare off the water.

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The settings for the above shot were as follows. Fuji X-T2 fuji 50-140mm f2.8 lens. @60mm iso 200 F7.1 with a 1-second exposure. I used a hoya pro circular polarizer to take some of the glare off the water. I focus stacked this image to get everything sharp and blended the 2 exposures in photoshop.

The third image I spun around and captured another shot, this time upstream. Another bonus about flat lighting is you can shoot from multiple angles without worrying about directional light too much. I quite like this shot, although it does look a little busy in my opinion.

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The settings for the above shot were as follows. Fuji X-T2 fuji 50-140mm f2.8 lens. @140mm iso 200 F7.1 with a 1-second exposure. I used a hoya pro circular polarizer to take some of the glare off the water. I focus stacked this image to get everything sharp and blended the 2 exposures in photoshop.

Later that day I visited some other locations, the stand out being the precipice walk which has incredible views over the forest and out west to the coast.
You can view these images on my Instagram feed over the next few weeks as I post them my Instagram username is @ian_worth.

If you haven't done so already, feel free to take a look at the vlog on youtube and drop me a sub :)

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