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16-55mm f/2.8 North Pembrokeshire coast walk

Discussion in 'Lens-Specific Photo Archive' started by morhafren, Jan 7, 2017.

  1. morhafren

    morhafren Premium Member

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    It's no longer a dilemma deciding whether to pack a few primes instead of the 16-55mm f/2.8 on a three mile cliff walk on a windswept coast in January. Although the zoom is much heavier than any one of my three primes the overall weight saving compared to the primes together is not that great - but not having to change lenses in a cold wind is the clincher. Coastal views between Porthgain and Abereiddy Bay. Various focal lengths over the range from 16 - 55mm.

    Blue Lagoon 16mm 1/640 sec f/2.8 ISO-200
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    Strumble Head from Porthgain 55mm 1/60 sec f/11 ISO-320
    Strumble Head lighthouse from Porthgain_edited-1.jpg
    Pen Clegyr and Porth Dwfn 33mm 1/320 f/4.5 ISO-200
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    Towards Carn Llidi and St David's 55mm 1/4000 sec - 0.3 exp. bias ISO-200
    DSCF1460Carn Llidi from Traeth Llyfn_edited-2.jpg
     
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    Super shots.
    I definitely agree about the choice of lens.

    Where is Blue Lagoon? Nearest village?
     
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    Thanks, Jonathan. Nearest village to the Blue Lagoon is Abereiddy. The Blue Lagoon is the popular local name for an old slate quarry flooded by the sea. For some reason the colour of the water is different from that of the sea around - and more of a turquoise green than blue. Its high smooth slate platforms are popular for jumping and diving by local youngsters. It has been used, with additional temporary high boards, by professional divers in stages of world diving championships. Find Abereiddy on Google Earth and you'll spot the Blue Lagoon straight away. Here's a shot of the village for reference:

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    Abereiddy village 16mm 1/250 sec f/11 -0.3 step ISO-200
     
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    Great series of shots, just love Pembrokeshire, especially in the Spring. Spent many happy family holidays down there over the years.

    Cheers, Peter
     
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    Thanks / Diolch for your kind comments, Peter. It's an incredible coastline, most of which I still need to get to know.

    Ian
     
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    Thanks, Mahasamatman!
     
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    Thanks heaps for this post. Have 5-6 days to kill either in that part of Wales or Cornwall/Devon beginning of October - haven't decided yet - these are very nice teasers :) Your neck of the woods is maybe less popular?
     
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    A difficult one, that. Both areas have great coastlines with nationally designated Coastal Paths and are easily accessible by motorway from London and other densely-populated areas; traffic through both south Wales (M4) and south-west England (M4 and M5) can be very heavy not just up to the beginning of September (School's back!) but at half-term times in school holidays. You might just avoid the October half-term by the sound of it! The Pembrokeshire Coast was also the UK's first coastal National Park, established in 1952, partly for its relative coherence and compactness ("only" 180 miles along the Footpath!) which might play a part in your thinking if you've only got a short time there. Have a great time anyway :).
     
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    Thanks, Carolyn!
     
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    Thank you very much for that extra detail @morhafren :)
     
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    Glad to help, niggyl. I should maybe add that the far west of Pembrokeshire (say, Whitesands Bay) is also about 50 miles closer to London than Land's End.
     
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