The Afon Mellte

Yesterday, I thought I would take a trip to the waterfalls near Ystradfellte. I arrived just before 9am so had the place to myself, which was nice. I normally walk along the path to get to the waterfalls without stopping, but this time I saw this view and stopped for a while.

Afon Mellte

Afon Mellte

After a few minutes there, I carried along the path to Sgwd Isaf Clun-gwyn. The path isn’t very nice with large drops off to one side and lots of slippery mud, so I was relieved when I arrived. This waterfall is very heavily photographed so I wanted to try something a little different – I stepped back from the usual viewpoint and used my 24mm tilt/shift lens to focus on the rock whilst keeping the waterfall sharp. I’m not sure whether I achieved anything new, but I like the result.

Sgwd Isaf Clun-gwyn

Sgwd Isaf Clun-gwyn

Not wanting to walk back the way I came, I headed down to the river and walked along the path to Sgwd y Pannwr. I haven’t really got a decent photo of this, so I composed a shot using the rocks and trees to frame the waterfall.

Sgwd y Pannwr

Sgwd y Pannwr

I was about to leave when I spotted some rather nice rocks so I used my 24mm ts-e again to emphasise them.

Sgwd y Pannwr

Sgwd y Pannwr

I left the river, using the Waterfall Link path, and headed up the hill into the forest. I had recently seen an Intentional Camera Movement (ICM) done by Nick Jenkins and wanted to try it myself. After several goes, I ended up with this

Ystradfellte Forest

Ystradfellte Forest

I’m particularly pleased with this and especially like the way the path is still, just about, distinguishable as the path. It was almost lunch time now so I headed back to the car, having really enjoyed my morning out.

One comment

  1. Jeff Chipps says

    Hi Dan,
    Beautiful photography, and I’m very jealous of your talent!! Your ICM shot reminded me of some I did a few years back of Christmas lights for my photoblog “The Chippbutty”. It took a little while to get what I wanted, but with a digital camera – you don’t run out of film!!!

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