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Storey Arms and Beacons Reservoir.

It was all about the light.

There was no way I was going to miss this opportunity to photograph one of my favourite places on Earth. Storey Arms in the Brecon Beacons National Park. I have photographed this place ever since I was given a camera, a long time ago. But this time it was different, these were not going to be mere geographical snapshots, postcards, little blue thumb collectors. This was to be about the light.

The wind was blowing so hard I had to stand, back to it trying my hardest to shield the camera so there was no camera shake, because, all but one of these shots was made with up to 10 exposures on top of each other. I wanted to paint this incredible light onto my film, not just record it.

This was one of those times when I happened to be in the spot at the right time when it all came together. the best part, there was only me with a camera. I couldn't have been happier.

Storey Arms Brecon Beacons

Storey Arms Brecon Beacons

Just a peek. Storey Arms Brecon Beacons

Just a peek. Storey Arms Brecon Beacons

Almost a white out. Storey Arms Brecon Beacons

Almost a white out. Storey Arms Brecon Beacons

Beginning to show. Storey Arms Brecon Beacons

Beginning to show. Storey Arms Brecon Beacons

Beacons reservoir 1.

Beacons reservoir 1.

Beacons reservoir 2.

Beacons reservoir 2.

Bright, Certain and Strong.

Standing at the side of a country road, wide enough for only one car a time to pass, not that there were any, or at the edge of a field that has been left to fallow in the clear soft light of a spring sunset, here light is in command, everything it appears is of sharp relief. Bright, certain and strong, all it seems, is determined to shine. I had gone for a walk to enjoy this particular afternoons light display, meeting nobody other than a dog walker who passed rapidly as though in a race to go somewhere. The joy of walking with a small camera gives me great pleasure, slowing me down, taking time to just observe, allowing the pleasure to soak in. These four images where all made within 35 minutes of each other, each scene held my attention way before I stole some of their time. These are not decisive moments, just a brief capture.

A country lane

A country lane

Tree on a rise.

Tree on a rise.

The edge of a field.

The edge of a field.

Making room for new growth.

Making room for new growth.