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Betws-y-Coed River #2

Small waterfall in the Afon Lledr stream near Betws-y-Coed, Snowdonia, North Wales

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A lovely afternoon towards the end of August 2017 and I'm free to spend some time roaming around the beauties of the Snowdonia National Park in North Wales.

As well as the grand scenery of lakes, mountains, forests and coastline there are plenty of hidden gems - minature landscapes if you like - that convey a sense of the mystery and history of this unique area.

One such place that I visit regularly is a small overgrown path along the banks of the Afon Lledr, a tributary of the much larger river Conwy, just before it flows through the popular town of Betws-y-Coed.

A small layby gives access to the path, and although you're never a few yards away from the main road to Dolgellau you might as well be in another world.

Traffic sounds die away to be replaced by birdsong and the gentle sussuration of water flowing over rock as a gentle breeze ruffles the leaves of the ancient trees that line the banks of the stream.

Moss covered slickrock, worn smooth over the centuries, provides a platform in the middle of the flow for those with good footware, which is where I positioned myself to capture this image of a small cascade bubbling over submerged boulders.

I only meant to spend a few minutes here as I passed through to photograph grander scenery, but I found myself entranced and in the end I spend nearly two hours perched on these rocks creating time lapse videos, real time videos and more still images than I care to count.

You can find some of my video interpretations of this ethereal place by clicking on the following links:

Real time video of the Afon Lledr.

Time lapse video of a small waterfall in the Afon Lledr.

Another time lapse video of the same waterfall in the Afon Lledr.

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Image data

Filename - betws-y-coed river 02

Lens - 17-40mm zoom @ 17mm

Exposure - 1/5 sec @ f4, ISO100

Filters - Six stop neutral density graduated filter used to slow the exposure speed down.

Location - Near Betws-y-Coed, Snowdonia, North Wales

Conversion - Adobe Lightroom

Comments - Slow shutter speed used to blur the movement of the water. Tripod, cable release and mirror lockup used to prevent camera movement. This image is a single frame taken from hundreds of exposures used to make a time lapse video.