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Brecon Beacons in Winter

Published on 20th February 2016 - 0 Comments

With all the grey miserable weather in the UK it's been a couple of months since I've been away in the campervan, so I took the chance during some clear winter conditions to head to my favourite spots in the Brecon Beacons in South Wales. I only had a couple of days and the weather was bitterly cold but these are the times I am glad to have a diesel heater in the van. I have to say I hardly see another campervan between November and March in this country, maybe their owners are polishing them up for those VW shows that people seem to love. I bought my van to get me out in wild places all year round though, so on with the pictures ....

The Beacons are not particularly large or dramatic, but they have a soulfullness about them that I really like. These mountains are all about the curves and light on the land and this image of the four central ridges is a good example. The highest mountain in the range is Pen Y Fan, second from the left. This is a strong image in black and white as well, see below.

Winter Sunrise

One of the major advantages of staying in a location overnight is the fact you can just roll out of bed and be where you need to be. In the case of one of my favourite parking spots in the Beacons, this means spotting the sun rising from the warmth of my bed and hopping out still in my pyjamas to get the shot. Unfortunately the best light takes about twenty minutes to unfold and standing in a breeze at about -3 degrees in my pjs gets very cold rather quickly! Maybe I'll get dressed next time?

Deciding which image from a session is your favourite is an eternal struggle for landscape photographers so I'll show my three favourites from two mornings there. All are 'the same but different' as my father used to say ... 

These images so far have really been the classic views of the mountains, although I did find a rather fine little composition on my way over to the town of Brecon on my first morning. I don't often take landscape images with blurred areas of the image but in this case taking the image with a wide aperture really draws the eye up towards the mountain.

All in all an enjoyable and productive trip considering I only had 48 hours over there. If the cold weather continues I really fancy a few days up in Snowdonia and a camping session up on the Glyders ... 

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