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Greetings to the Third Sister

I’m back. Did you miss me? =D

+Lisabet Woods-Jack and I had a truly wonderful time in Scotland. One week in Glencoe, one week on Skye. The Lisabet Blessing was on our side again as the weather, 95% of the time, treated us very well… and even when it didn’t, it still proved advantageous.

Which links me to this shot. Welcome to Glencoe! This composition was taken off the Glencoe Pass, right at the Glen bottom near the Old Military Road. The mountain you can see is the third of the Three Sisters of Glencoe, known as Aonach Dubh (892m/2,927ft), which means “The Black Ridge”, pronounced as OO-nakh-doo. In actuality, it’s just a ridge rather than a mountain in its own right, jutting north from the main massif belonging to Bidean nam Bian (1,150m/3,770ft), meaning “Peak of the Animal Pelts” or “Peak of the Mountains”, pronounced as bit-yan nam BE-ahn. We had been scouting around the feet of the Three Sisters in the rain, looking for compositions and interesting routes. As the rain finally started to calm down, and the cloud cover lifted from the peaks, the sun was allowed to break through to the west, illuminating the glen and casting glorious colours everywhere. This is a stitch of two landscape shots, each consisting of three exposures, so that I could get all of Aonach Dubh as well as these lovely pink flowers near the river. =)

Glencoe Pass, Glencoe, Argyll & Bute, Highlands, Scotland

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The Herald of Tryfan

Hello! I’m back.

+Lisabet Woods-Jack and I have returned from our week exploring the wonders of Snowdonia in Wales. What a place. I’ve been to Wales before, around the Black Mountains in South Wales, but Snowdonia has a much more craggy, epic feel to it, featuring as it does the highest mountain in England and Wales: Snowdon (Welsh name: Yr Wyddfa, pronounced er uwuith-fa, meaning “the tumulus”). http://goo.gl/Axxrmt

However, on our first day in Snowdonia, we were heading towards our holiday cottage in the old mining settlement of Gallt-y-Foel when we soon approached the magical Ogwen valley. Given we had plenty of time before having to check in, we parked up and started to hike up Pen yr Ole Wen (978m/3,209ft, pronounced as pen urr oleh wen, meaning “Head of the White Slope”), climbing alongside the tumbling river Afon Lloer. I found a rather fetching series of waterfalls so I decided to scramble around, finding a little grassy platform alongside the falls. That’s when I turned back and saw this wondrous sight you see in the photo: the mountain is Tryfan (917.5m/3,010ft, pronounced as tri-van, meaning “Three Peaks”), one of Britain’s most recognisable mountains and officially its favourite, the mountain presents a true knife-edge shark fin profile when looking at it from the north, where I was. As I started to set up the composition, powerful winds blew the clouds across Tryfan at great speeds, causing the sun’s light to peak in and out, casting dancing light across the landscape in a myriad of hypnotising ways. Truly, a special moment in our lives. =)

Afon Lloer, Dyffryn Ogwen, Conwy, Snowdonia, Wales.

ISO100, f/16, ⅛sec @ 13mm (19.5mm full-frame equiv.), soft 0.9 and 0.3 ND Grads stacked on my Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 lens with the Nikon D7000. This is a single exposure developed largely in Darktable and then finished for the web in GIMP.

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On the way to Snowdonia

So +Lisabet Woods-Jack​ and I are stopping the night at the Cholmondeley Arms (Have a go at trying to pronounce that...) before continuing our journey to Snowdonia. This place is beautiful. Can't think of a much better place to stop over.

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Solitary Winter Paradise

This is Vicar Swa waterfall near the head of Upper Eskdale. The waterfall cuts a spectacularly steep gorge into the valley, dropping into Tongue Pot with its deep, crystalline, aquamarine water. Perfect for swimming in during the warmer summer months. Here, in the deep winter, there is only me, the Herdwicks and the mist as the land sleeps in silence. http://goo.gl/rPwYQq

ISO100, f/11, ⅙sec @ 14mm (21mm full-frame equiv.) with a 0.6 soft ND Grad filter on my Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 lens with the Nikon D7000. A single RAW, processed largely in Darktable and finished in GIMP.

Upper Eskdale, Lake District, Cumbria, England.

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The Dales Light Show

Today, +Lisabet Woods-Jack and I decided to have a pleasant hike around Dentdale, a beautiful valley in the Western Yorkshire Dales. You’ll see some compositions from there later. But we noticed that the light was starting to get rather interesting so we quickly ran back to the car and hit the road out of Dentdale onto Newby Head Pass, heading towards Ingleton and keeping the mighty Ingleborough in our sights. As we drove, the sky got more and more intense, exploding into one of the most spectacular light shows we’ve ever seen! My hands were shaking from the excitement as I set up my tripod at one of my favourite spots and shot like crazy to make sure I got this awesome light! http://goo.gl/msKaMK

ISO100, f/13, 8secs @ 16mm (24mm full-frame equiv.) on my Nikon D7000 using a Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8. Two ND Grad filters, 0.9 and 0.6, stacked to balance the exposure. This is a single RAW, processed in Darktable, and finished off in GIMP.

Newby Head Pass, Yorkshire Dales, North Yorkshire, England.

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#LandscapePhotography #Sunset #Winter #Ingleborough #YorkshireDales #Yorkshire #LightTrails #NewbyHeadPass #MountainPhotos #FreeTutorial #HDRTutorial #UKPhotographyCommunity #NDGradFilter  
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Farewell Snowdon

The last shot I took on our expedition around Snowdonia. +Lisabet Woods-Jack and I had spent a glorious afternoon hiking around Dyffryn Ogwen and decided to call it a day by retracing our route back to home in a counter-clockwise fashion. As we rounded the bend through Capel Curig, this joyous scene unveiled itself along the long winding road: the Snowdon/Yr Wyddfa massif illuminated by godly crepuscular rays from a spectacularly gusty sunset. =) http://goo.gl/bqOHoy

Dyffryn Mymbyr, Conwy, Snowdonia, Wales.

ISO100, f/11, three exposures at 1⁄250, 1⁄60 and 1⁄15secs @ 11mm (16.5mm full-frame equiv.) on my Nikon D7000 using the Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8. This image is a manual blend of three exposures taken for extreme dynamic range, more than I could reasonably contain using my filters. I blended the exposures together manually in GIMP using layer masks then processed the result in Darktable, finishing off for the web back in GIMP.

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If you like the way my photos look, I have a free HDR photography tutorial using free and open-source software, so it costs you nothing! -> http://goo.gl/TM1E30

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One of the most magical places I've ever been to

Were back from Snowdonia now. What an incredible place! This is just a sample of the delights we experienced.

I'm telling you guys, I can't wait to show what I've captured!

Tomorrow...

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Cwm Idwal

My little camera and I really can't do this place justice so I recommend you go take a look for yourself. #Wales 
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Tryfan rises

+Lisabet Woods-Jack​​ shot this beauty on our way to the holiday cottage. Can't wait to show you guys what I've got! =D

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Wales Day One

Tryfan - Britain's favourite mountain.  We walked some way up the hill opposite rather than trying to tackle this bad boy en route to our holiday cottage. Very windy but we managed to stay dry all day, despite a lousy forecast.
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Kinlochleven’s Stalking Storm

Our expedition around Kinlochleven was one of those rare days during our two-week Scotland tour where it actually rained. I feel I must repeat: this is an unusual occurrence, Scotland is famous for its wet climate. Nevertheless, on our drive towards Kinlochleven, +Lisabet Woods-Jack and I stopped near the foot of Loch Leven as we’d spotted some delicious reflections in the water. I got down to the shore, searching for a compelling composition as a hailstorm gradually rolled over the autumnal landscape. http://goo.gl/SbvUlS

Loch Leven, Kinlochleven, Argyll & Bute, Highlands, Scotland.

ISO100, f/11, 1⁄13sec @ 12mm (18mm full-frame equiv.) on my Nikon D7000 using a Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 ultra-wide angle lens. This is a single RAW, largely processed in Darktable and then completed in GIMP.

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If you like the way my photos look, I have a free HDR photography tutorial using free and open-source software, so it costs you nothing! -> http://goo.gl/TM1E30

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The Hidden Viaduct

Before the Epic Winter Sunset of Ingleborough, +Lisabet Woods-Jack and I had concentrated our hiking more around Dentdale. As we made our way towards the head of the valley, we spotted this viaduct high above. Turns out that this is Arten Gill Viaduct, with another smaller one further along at Dent Head. The viaduct carries the famous Settle–Carlisle line across the Arten Gill gorge. Interestingly, this viaduct featured in the Beatrix Potter biopic “Miss Potter” starring Renée Zellweger! She was travelling from London to the Lake District, which is interesting given that she wouldn’t cross here! http://goo.gl/sTnyJ5

ISO100, f/13, ½sec @ 13mm (19.5mm full-frame equiv.), 0.6 soft ND Grad, using my Nikon D7000 with the Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8. Processed in Darktable on the whole and finished off in GIMP.

Arten Gill, Dentdale, Yorkshire Dales, North Yorkshire, England.

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Alone with Lingcove

We in the Lake District have recently enjoyed a period of dry, if chilly, weather. With this in mind, I took off today from Kendal with my sights on a secluded jewel in the Lake District: Upper Eskdale. http://goo.gl/9XqEsj

On the whole, the going was good, the track only slightly boggy in places. I reached the head of the Upper Eskdale valley after about an hour, making sure to say hello to the Herdwick sheep along the way. At the head of Upper Eskdale, you find waterfalls everywhere, streaming down from two main gorges: the Esk and Lingcove Beck. This is Lingcove Bridge, an ancient packhorse bridge that crosses the beck allowing walkers to continue on and up towards Great Moss. The bridge is framed by two crags that guard the gorge. The water in Upper Eskdale is spectacularly colourful. =)

Lingcove Bridge, Upper Eskdale, Lake District, Cumbria, England.

ISO100, f/11, ⅕secs @ 14mm (21mm full-frame equiv.) using a 0.6 soft ND Grad combined with a Hoya Circular Polariser on my Nikon D7000 with the Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8. Two RAWs focus stacked together for ultimate depth of field, processed in Darktable and finished in GIMP.

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Horns of Sligachan

The last of the summer heather, the old Sligachan bridge and the sun piercing through the clouds to illuminate the Black Cuillins. http://goo.gl/fgF8RO

Sligachan, Isle of Skye, Hebrides, Highlands, Scotland.

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In a previous life, I designed logos and identities but now I photograph.

I'm on a mission to show off the beauty of British landscapes and architecture to the world, right here.

I love typography. And minimalism. My beard is glorious. I wish I had a doggy. And a kitty. I'm a fan of Linux, FOSS, Ubuntu Unity and GNOME3. I game, occasionally.
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Super friendly staff, incredible rooms, exquisite food, rad choice of whisky. We will be back, this place is wonderful.
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Simply put, there is no greater place in Britain to get a cappuccino. Perfection.
Quality: ExcellentAppeal: Very GoodService: Excellent
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Classy place. Staff are always friendly, alert and fast without sacrificing the quality of the drink. You can truly relax here. Doesn't feel corporate either, like Costa.
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Me and my Lady spent a Saturday evening here as a treat to ourselves. The place is just gorgeous, fantastic decor; modern yet homely and traditional. Our room was clean, exquisitely presented and lovely. En suite was pristine too, unfortunately the bathtub was somewhat small. The service, from bar to floor, was friendly, prompt yet relaxed and happy. A fair choice of drink at the bar but could probably benefit from some expansion. Best of all, the food was simply superb; I had never tasted lamb that was so expertly prepared and cooked and the desert was perfection. I wholeheartedly recommend this place. =)
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This is basically the best pub in Preston. The selection of drinks -- from cask ales, European beers to wines and spirits -- is simply immense and they're always rotating new and interesting drinks in for you to expand your senses. The staff are mostly friendly, the decor is lovely, the beer garden is _brilliant_ and the food, though slightly expensive, is some of the best I've had from any pub. A special place in my heart.
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