Just outside Betws-y-coed, in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park, North Wales, lies this hidden gem of a little river, the Afon Lledr.
At this early stage of its life the river flows through a secluded wooded glen, under an old stone arch bridge and over some fantastically water shaped rocks. (Very slippy!)
Accessed from a convenient layby, you have to push through some wild rhodedendron bushes to reach the river bank and then hazard those slippery rocks to reach this vantage point giving a view down the river over a small waterfall.
Having got there on a lovely summer's afternoon I decided to make the most of my perch in the middle of the river to take the stills for this time lapse video, catching the movement of the water as it tumbled over the rocks.
For this video, in order to smooth the movement of the water as it flowed around the rocks I used a 3 stop neutral density filter plus polariser on my lens, allowing a longer exposure than would have otherwise been the case.
And just to show how the scene looked in real time, I also shot a 'normal' video, Snowdonia River #1, from the same spot, although trying to pull shadow detail out in a video file proved a little more challenging than with the RAW still image files I used for the time lapse.
Filename - waterfall timelapse 04.mp4
Camera - Canon EOS 6D
Lens - 17-40mm zoom @ 17mm
Exposure (start of sequence) - 1/5 sec @ f4, ISO100
Exposure (end of sequence) - 1/5 sec @ f4, ISO100
Filters - 3 stop neutral density filter and polarising filter used to prolong exposure times to blur the water flow.
Shooting interval - 3 seconds
Location - Just outside Betws-y-coed, Snowdonia National Park, North Wales
This clip - HD 720p, 30fps
Clip duration - 14 seconds
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