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Waterfalls of the Vale Of Neath

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I cannot call to mind a single valley that in the same extent of country comprises so much beautiful and picturesque scenery and so many interesting and special features as the Vale of Neath. That’s what the famous 19th Century naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace wrote when he first experienced the Vale of Neath. He summed it up pretty well. The ‘special features’ he refers to are the series of beautiful and dramatic waterfalls blessing this valley.

There is nowhere in Wales with as many spectacular waterfalls in such a small area as this part of South Wales known as 'Waterfall Country'. Here, the rivers Mellte, Hepste and Neddfechan have worn away the soft rocks to create steep wooded gorges full of caves and waterfalls. These beautiful secluded woodlands on the southern edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park, contain a series of picturesque tumbling streams and falls. Each with their own unique character, these falls are some of the loveliest we have encountered and offer potential for some wonderful photography.

Together we will follow the Elidir Trail along the River Nedd Fechan, taking in the falls enroute. Sgwd Gwladus (Lady Falls), with its delicate cascade is one of the most beautiful. We will also take in Sgwd-y-Bedol (the Horseshoe Falls), shaped in several levels of semi-circular ledges. A little further upstream the water cascades over Sgwd Ddwli Isaf and Sgwd Ddwli Uchaf (the Lower and Upper Gushing Falls) which after heavy rain, truly live up to their name. We will also visit nearby Melincourt Falls; a spectacular 80 feet (24 m) high waterfall and known to have inspired J. M. W. Turner to paint them in 1794.

This is the ideal workshop if you are looking to master the capture of water.

We will also have a number of Kase ND filters on hand for you to experiment with.

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Waterfalls of the Vale Of Neath Image

Waterfalls of the Vale Of Neath Image

Waterfalls of the Vale Of Neath Image

Waterfalls of the Vale Of Neath Image

Waterfalls of the Vale Of Neath Image

Waterfalls of the Vale Of Neath Image

Waterfalls of the Vale Of Neath Image

Waterfalls of the Vale Of Neath Image

Waterfalls of the Vale Of Neath Image

Waterfalls of the Vale Of Neath Image

Waterfalls of the Vale Of Neath Image

Waterfalls of the Vale Of Neath Image

Waterfalls of the Vale Of Neath Image

Waterfalls of the Vale Of Neath Image

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Waterfalls of the Vale Of Neath
  • Workshop Run By Image Seen

    Image Seen Photographic Workshop Would you like to develop your landscape photography skills?
    Image Seen runs a number of workshops throughout the UK in a variety of spectacular locations designed to help you master your camera and take your photography to the next level.

  • Prices

    £140.00 / £60.00 Deposit

  • Dates

    25th May, 2021

  • Location

    Pontneddfechan

  • Included

    1 full day of photographic tuition and demonstrations

  • Excluded

    Accommodation, transport to and from South Wales, personal insurance eg: Cancellation Plan, equipment insurance, lunch

  • Tutor

    Sarah Howard

  • Photographic Locations

    The waterfalls of the Vale of Neath; Lady Falls, Upper and Lower Gushing Falls, Horseshoe Falls, Melincourt Falls

  • Group Size

    6

  • Ability Level

    Suitable for all except the absolute beginner

  • Fitness Level

    Moderate- good. Some uphill walking, potential slippery paths and rocks to navigate.

  • Number of Image Critiques

    0

  • What Will I Learn?

    Appropriate camera settings, working with light, composition techniques, depth of field & focusing, exposure & the histogram, use of filters, long exposures with water

  • Recommended Accommodation

    N/A