Category Archives: Brecon Beacons

Moonrise in the Brecon Beacons

Moonrise with Fan y Big and Brecon

I have seen countless sunrises (and sunsets) but I have never witnessed a ‘moonrise’. I knew the moon would be coming out so was expecting it, but what I wasn’t expecting is how it felt. The moon is typically white in the sky so that was I was expecting. I was shooting photos of Pen y Fan when I glanced across and say a bright ball just peak above the horizon. It’s difficult to explain, ……

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Cefn Cyff and Brecon from Fan y Big

Cefn Cyff and Brecon from Fan y Big

Following on from the previous blog post, here is another photo. By now, the moon had risen and was high in the sky. It is amazing how much light the moon produces! It was bright enough for me to cast a shadow! After I had finished at my first location, I walked back to Fan y Big. The wind was pretty strong at the summit so I decided not to post on the ‘diving board’ ……

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Above The Clouds At Night

Corn Du, Pen y Fan and Cribyn with The Plough

After becoming bogged down in admin work, I decided it was high time that I headed out for some photography. The forecast was for it to be misty all day, clearing for sunset and night. However, the moon was set to rise just as the stars got dark enough and it was an almost full moon which meant the stars would wash out. But I did have a moonlit landscape in mind so headed out ……

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The Plough

The Plough in the Brecon Beacons

When I was at Craig Cerrig-gleisiad a few weeks ago for an astrophotography evening, I took a photo of the Plough using my 50mm f1.8 lens. I finally got around to processing it, but only thanks to a Photoshop plug-in I was trying out.

The Plough in the Brecon Beacons

The plug-in, StarSpikes Pro 2, finds the brightest stars and brightens them further adding a ‘spike’ to them. Without it, this particular photo didn’t work so ……

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Capturing the Zenith in the Brecon Beacons

During my recent outing in the Brecon Beacons at night, I had three places to shoot from in mind on Craig Cerrig-gleisiad. The final one was at the lake or pond on the saddle of Craig Cerrig-gleisiad. It was 1:30am when I reached it but clouds were quickly coming in. I set up the camera and ran a couple of test shots to check composition and exposure. Once they were correct, with the camera in ……

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The Milky Way over the Brecon Beacons

Brecon, Pen y Fan, Corn Du and Fan Fawr with the Milky Way from Craig Cerrig-gleisiad

At our location in Wales, it is only during the summer months that we can see the colourful part of the cloud of the Milky Way (although to see it properly you have to be further south). On Monday, it rained heavily all day but the forecast kept saying that the skies would clear for sunset and keep clear for a lot of the night. With faith in the forecast, I got everything ready. Sure ……

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More From Craig Cerrig-gleisiad

Glyn Tarell, Pen y Fan and Corn Du from Craig Cerrig-gleisiad

I have had a chance to process a couple more photos from my very early trip to Craig Cerrig-gleisiad in the Brecon Beacons this week. Whilst I was waiting for the sun to rise above the cloud bank, I was trying a 10-stop long exposure photo – I was about to do another when suddenly the sun appeared. I quickly put the 10 stop filter to one side (carefully, because it’s made of glass!) and ……

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