Rainstorm over Allt Forgan, Brecon Beacons NP

I have two views of this same rainstorm that hit Allt Forgan – a hill in the Blean y Glyn area of the Brecon Beacon – while briefly illuminated by a fast moving hole in the clouds.
I cannot choose between the two, as both convey a slightly different message: the wider view putting the storm into its context by showing the surroundings, while the one with a closer angle of view is all about the contrasting forces of nature both hitting on this hill.

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Trekker in high winds on Pen Yr Ole Wen

Trekker in high winds on Pen Yr Ole Wen

This nice chap had spent the night down at Cwm Lloer and reached the top around nine o’clock. Wise move, as the gale force winds were relentless.

I was camped feet away from this shot and was trying to get a decent photo of my tent when I saw this other scene come alive as the cloud suddenly opened up a little.

Pen Yr Ole Wen, Glyderau range, Snowdonia National Park, Wales, UK.

Nikon D800E
Nikkor AFS 18-35 @ 18mm
Lee 2 stop Soft Grad

Link to the origin twit

Postcards from Wales @ 27/03/14

Postcards from Wales - Western Mail

Western Mail used my photo Stream, Dyffryn Mymbyr for their Postcards from Wales section.

Here is the actual photo.

Dyffryn Mymbyr - Wales. Photo by Francesco Politi

The morning I came to take this photo I had packed all up and was heading back home after a good session on the Glyderau. The weather had been pretty bad overnight and – by dawn – my best forecast was of a rather grey and rainy day. But just when my truck was loaded and ready to drive away, the weather changed rapidly and a few holes started to appear in the thick clouds. I decided to wait and see if that would materialise into an opportunity for great light and sure enough, by nine o’clock the sun started to appear through ever bigger holes.

I started driving my truck back and forth along the A4086 in search of a good spot to work with that fantastic light, finally settling for this little stream. The actual subject didn’t really matter too much, I just tried to capture that magical moment of light in changing weather.

Nikon D800E
Tokina 11-16 mm 2.8 @ 16 mm
Polariser
2 stop Grad filter
Tripod

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Snowdon view from Glaslyn

Snowdon view from Glaslyn

Link to the original BBC Wales twit

I took this photo on a beautiful crisp February morning. It features mount Snowdon as seen from the magical Glaslyn lake, where the monster Afanc was finally thrown in chains. The lake is at about 600 meters above sea level and being situated in a cwm, it offers a safe wild camp spot, nicely sheltered from the worst of winter weather.

Nikon D800E
Tokina 11-16 mm 2.8 @ 16 mm
Polariser
Tripod