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Horseshoe Falls Illuminations #7

Night time illuminations of trees and river at Horseshoe Falls, River Dee, Llangollen, North Wales

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The Llangollen canal, running from the river Dee at Llangollen in North Wales and joining the Shropshire Union Canal at Hurleston, over the border in England, features some of North Wales' premiere engineering marvels, one of which, the hugely impressive Pontcysyllte aqueduct near Wrexham, was granted UNESCO 'World Heritage' status ten years ago back in 2009.

To mark the anniversary, a three week lighting installation was commissioned in October 2019, with the aqueducts at Pontcysyllte and Chirk, plus Dinas Bran castle and the Horseshoe Falls at Llangollen all featuring in the show.

For the duration of the three weeks the weather was pretty damp, with cloud, mist and drizzle most evenings, but that didn't deter quite large crowds coming out to view the lights, my wife Liz and myself included.

In all we made four trips on different evenings, checking out the various lighting locations along the eleven mile stretch of canal, with me trying to photograph the attractions in the best possible way.

Not easy given the weather conditions and the fact that the lights on the two aqueducts ran on a programmed sequence, constantly changing in both intensity and colour.

But by the end of the three weeks I'd managed to get decent images of all the major sites except for Dinas Bran, as yomping up to the top of the hill on which the ruins are situated in the dark and rain was just a step too far!

This image shows the spectacular red / green lighting on the trees surrounding the Horseshoe Falls on the river Dee at Llangollen, and for this shot I particularly liked the red lit branches in the river flow providing a strong diagonal line across the frame.

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Filename - horseshoe falls illuminations 07

Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 24mm

Exposure - 30 secs @ f8, ISO100

Filters - 2 stop neutral density graduated filter used to reduce the brightness of the lit trees relative to the unlit river.

Location - Horseshoe Falls, Llangollen, North Wales

Image enhancements - Adobe Lightroom

Comments - Tripod, remote release and mirror lockup used to prevent camera vibrations.