The Afan Valley is a beautiful area of woodland, scattered with various woodland paths, a mining museum and six very long and exhilarating mountain bike tracks along with much more to take in. Located on the outskirts of Port Talbot, and not far from the home of Richard Burton, just getting to the parking is a joy in itself as you pass through several viaducts and some stunning scenery.
As part of this visit I decided to go with the XF27mm F/2.8 Fujifilm lens on my Fujifilm X-T20. This is a great little pancake style lens, with the full frame equivalent focal length of 40mm, making it ideal for every type of photography imaginable, but especially good for capturing images as seen by the human eyes perspective. I also decided to shoot using my Leica M10 Monochrom film simulation, a monochrome image with deep blacks and rich whites. Hopefully you will like the results as seen below.
As I shoot both raw and jpeg, it also allows for the images to be edited later into colour. For todays images I thought I would experiment a little, and I have produced images slightly different to my usual film simulations. These images were edited in Darktable using various techniques, but mostly are just global adjustments to bring out the colours or increase shadows and lower shadows.
This was a really great, if long day out with the camera, walking around 7 miles in a circular route. Should you wish to visit, the postcode for the parking is SA12 9SG. It can be quite an intense walk, with some steep hills, but if you plan it right, the route back is very flat.
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