I may have covered this one before, but I was out wandering around the Brecon Beacons yesterday just doing what I call a ‘potter shoot’, pottering round just looking.

One of the locations I visited was Pontsticill Reservoir, a long strip of water roughly north south orientated. It suddenly occurred to me just how much more dramatic the shot into the sun seemed. Not that there is necessarily anything wrong with the shot towards Pen y Fan with the sun behind me but…………..it just didn’t seem to have the ‘zing’ or just plain mood of the shot towards the sun. For a start the water was more atmospheric.

The photos were both taken with the Nikon D800 and the Nikon 24-70mm lens and a decent depth lens hood for added security. Both are included here – what do you think? I hold neither up as award winning competition entries but just to show the difference in the result.


Pontsticill Reservoir Brecon Beacons_DSC6317

Facing north with the sun behind me

Pontsticill Reservoir into the sun lo res_DSC6318

Facing south into the sun

My preference is for the second, I have to admit, but that is MY personal choice. Love to hear YOUR thoughts.

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