Top spots for winter photography in Pembrokeshire
Pembrokeshire was built for the camera; stunning scenery, breathtaking views and golden sunsets
Just because its winter doesn’t mean your camera has to go into hibernation, here are our tips on how to get stunning images of Pembrokeshire in Winter.
Historic buildings make a great backdrop when foreground detail is lacking in colour. Two of our castles are head and shoulders above the rest. The view across the mill pond at both Carew castle and Pembroke castle on a bright frosty morning or at sunset is great, especially if there’s a bit of mist and a hard frost for some detail. The stronger the sunset the better.
There are two main opportunities, the setting sun will light up interesting coastal and cloud formations looking away from the setting sun or, best of all, wait for a completely cloud free day and wait until the sun has completely set for the colour to develop looking towards the sunset. Any south west facing beach should be suitable.
Snow is quite rare in Pembrokeshire but when it does snow, the Preseli Hills will catch more of it. There are a few rocky outcrops above Mynachlog Ddu that will give some good detail interest otherwise all you’ll get is a dull flat sky and snow picture. For some extra interest the stone circle at Garn Fawr of Pentre Ifan would work well in the snow. Just remember not to spoil the shot by walking on the snow in front of the camera.
The golden quality of the winter sun can turn some fairly uninteresting views into something quite dramatic. The Green Bridge of Wales was transformed into the Red Bridge of Wales early one January evening a few years ago. The same would work on any structure or building facing the sunset. A tripod would definitely help here. Normally called the ‘golden hour’, sunsets usually come and go in a much shorter time-frame!
You’ll definitely need a tripod for this. Night-time scenes of Christmas lights, candle lit churches, fireworks or illuminated windows can look great. Even basic compact cameras will have night scenery or 15 to 30 second exposure settings.
Ice and frost
If you don’t mind getting up early, wait for a good hard frost and use it as a foreground to frame a picture but you’ll still need an interesting background to make it work. You’ll probably get some bright morning sun to go with the frost so you will need a snow or beach scene setting to stop the pictures being bleached out. It’s best to scout out a couple of potential locations first. St Davids cathedral would be ideal.
Read more about our perfect for photography winter breaks in Pembrokeshire.