Posted by: photographytuition | January 19, 2012

Water-break-its-neck waterfall.

Water-break-its-neck has got to have the best name of any waterfall!

Location: well signposted off the A44 between Rhayader and Kington in mid Wales – a couple of miles south west of New Radnor.

Not far off the main road is a car park and information board. Half a mile further on the bumpy track is another car park and information area. You takes your choice! When I was there logging was in progress and the second car park was closed but I don’t think this restriction applies at weekends.

Second car parking area. Nikon D7000 with 16-85mm lens at 30mm. ISO 800, 1/250 second, f5.6.

It’s only a short, easy walk from the second car park to the waterfall. Bit muddy though when I was there.

Water-break-its-neck. Nikon D7000 with 16-85mm at 16mm. ISO 100, .67 second, f11. Exposure at -1/2 stop. Tripod and neutral density filter (Kood ND8).

I needed the neutral density filter to darken the scene so that I could use a slow shutter speed to blur the water a bit.

Note: you’ll need a wide angle lens. 18mm will do fine for a portait format but will be a bit tight if you’re trying to get a landscape view like above.

I wasn’t overwhelmed by the waterfall but that’s probably a reflection of the number and variety of falls we’re lucky to have in this area. What I did like though were the plants and mosses and trees in the valley leading up to the falls.

Nikon D7000 with 16-85mm at 72mm. ISO 200, 1/3 second f11.Exposure -1/2 stop. Tripod.

Is it a tree or a giant spiders web?

There are many more dramatic waterfalls in the area. If you would like to see these why not book a Photography Tuition session?

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