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Lothlorien

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The River Mellte flowing through golden woodland, Ystradfellte.
Autumn is easily my favourite season, but it can be difficult to time things right. A few days too late and the leaves have dropped, too early and they are still green, a bit of wind at the wrong time and they fall early. Locations are another matter, as trees vary in their cycle. The Acer tree in my front garden was fantastic this year but its leaves have been gone for over a week now, so it was with some uncertainty that I headed to Ystradfellte, waterfall country. This time it was not the falls themselves that I was after, I have shot them many times in the past and I don't want to just repeat myself every year, this time I was looking for images of the river flowing through golden woodland. My initial viewpoint was disappointing; very few autumn leaves were left and it was looking like I was too late, but after walking for a couple of hours, I looked down from a lofty pathway and saw this scene stretching into the distance. It reminded me of a scene that might exist in the Lord of the Rings, the Mallorn trees of Lothlorien, but I saw no elves. Getting back to reality, I used my trusty 17-40mm lens with a polariser - an essential accessory for such images, together with a 3 stop ND filter, which gave me an exposure of 6 seconds at F16, allowing the river to flow gently through the image, transforming it into an ethereal blur.
The full version can be found in the Brecon Beacons gallery.