Dinas and Llyn Brianne – Mid Wales

I spent last weekend working the area around Dinas, the RSPB reserve up in this part of the world. I parked up at Llyn Brianne and was out really early the following morning and caught some great light and mists that shrouded the landscape of this still wild area.

I used the Canon G10 for the shots here, having it on a tripod and using the time release feature, so’s not to induce camera shake. Doing this allowed me to work on the lowest ISO settings thus maintaining the finest quality. The following posts over the next week or so will concentrate on the birds photographed during the couple of days I was there and a tale or two of the ones that got away!

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  1. Amazing set of images! Stunning fog and lighting as well! Two first images are beautiful!

  2. Thanks Meg. I know it’s somewhere you would really love. It’s always been one of my all time favourite spots in Wales.

  3. You know me well Tim! Thinking to do few trips over summer. It’s good idea to go to Dinas then!
    Can’t wait to go to Trefil on 14th May!

  4. Agree with Meg, first two images are magical.

    No.1 is first class – conjures up the mystery of an ancient land. The clarity of the dark lone tree on the RHS sets this off to be a wonderfully “balanced” image. A wall hanger definitely!

    BTW does the G10 have a histogram to assist exposure or did you have to override for the vast extent of whites in the mist?

  5. Hi Julian,

    Thanks for all the comments, much appreciated and glad you continue to enjoy the blog!

    The G10 does have a histogram feature but to be honest I hardly ever use it. The beauty about the camera is the exposure compensation dial on the top of the body. It’s so intuitive, easy to use and you don’t have to be going into any menus to sort it all out.

    I simply check the exposure on screen, always slightly under exposing (easier to bring back the shadows rather than the highlights), then rotate the compensation dial if the exposure needs tweaking.

    The first image here, with the mist, was actually a pretty straight forward exposure mainly because the overall contrast of the light at this time of the morning was low and the range between the highlights and shadows was easy to comfortably place within the camera’s range.

    If it’s so bright that you cant see the screen or the contrast is excessive within the scene, which can happen, the histogram can be good guide, but again, with continual use of the camera, you get to know what it’s capable of and as in the days of film you just shoot. Even in these circumstances I rarely use the histogram. Probably not the best practice but it’s how I work!

  6. Amazing set of images! Stunning fog and lighting as well! Two first images are beautiful!

  7. Tim – I guess that’s the benefit of experience!

    There is something very special about the firsy image each and ebery time I look at it – awesome – everything about it seems to fit – you should be pleased.


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