Upper Neuadd Reservoir

In mid-January, I decided to visit Upper Neuadd Reservoir for the first time in years. It was also my first proper photography outing of 2013 as redecorating my daughter’s room had taken precedence. When I arrived, I couldn’t believe my luck as the conditions were amazing! I made my way to the water’s edge and got my camera out. I tried to get in a position where the peaks were reflected in the water whilst keeping the ice on the surface in the shot. To take this photo, I used a polariser to enhance the colours and saturation.

Corn Du and Pen y Fan from Upper Neuadd Reservoir

Corn Du and Pen y Fan from Upper Neuadd Reservoir

Then I noticed a particular patch of ice that reminded me of the shape of Great Britain. The sun was in just the wrong place for my shadow, so I ventured out onto the edge of the ice (the water below was only a centimetre or so deep, so if I went through it wouldn’t have been a problem). I used my tilt-shift lens to enhance the pattern in the ice and took a series of shots. This is the one which worked best.

Corn Du and Pen y Fan from Upper Neuadd Reservoir

Corn Du and Pen y Fan from Upper Neuadd Reservoir

Having recently had my old Canon 5D converted to 720nm Infrared (a one way conversion!), I decided to try it with the scene before me. I tried various angles and viewpoints, but think this is the best.

Corn Du and Pen y Fan from Upper Neuadd Reservoir in Infrared

Corn Du and Pen y Fan from Upper Neuadd Reservoir in Infrared

I decided I had then exhausted the scene, looked at my watch and realised I had been in the same spot for an hour and a half! I walked back to the car and headed to another location, but I haven’t processed those photos yet…

6 comments

    1. Dan says

      Thanks. It’s well worth a visit – at the top end is Blaen Taf Fechan, the main feed into the reservoir. Pen y Fan is conveniently placed behind it :-)

  1. Alan says

    Very good compositions … well up to your usual high standard. The infra-red image does give a totally different perspective to the view.

  2. Andy Leslie says

    It’s a great area that I try to visit regularly.

    Come visit Llyn Briane on my side of the Beacons for some spectacular views.

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