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Perfect Day

Llyn Padarn is a beautiful glaciated lake, situated next to Llanberis in Snowdonia, North Wales. At the foot of the lake, its north–west end, a bridge crosses its outflow, upon which one can enjoy one of the more famous views in Snowdonia. https://goo.gl/XbJQ33

It was a gorgeous day to enjoy such an incredible scene. =)

Llyn Padarn, Snowdonia, Gwynedd, North Wales.

ISO100, f/13, 1⁄125sec at 16mm (24mm full-frame equiv.) using a circular polariser and a soft 3-stop ND grad filter stacked on my Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 lens attached to a Nikon D7000. Single exposure, processed in Capture One, edited in Photoshop.
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Finding the View

These days I tend to do quite a lot of research into my explorations around the UK; piling over Ordnance Survey maps and good ol’ Google Maps to seek interesting viewpoints and compositions, then utilising apps such as Blue Hour to help me visualise and time when there’s good light direction. The composition here is an example of when I don’t get things quite right. http://goo.gl/8sVQz2

This is Llyn Dinas in the Snowdonia National Park, North Wales. I had previously located some interesting compositions and viewpoints of this lake and its surrounding mountains, but upon attempting it I didn’t get my bearings right compared to the visualisation I had in me head. I made do with this image instead. In future, I think I’ll try this again, armed with more information. =)

Llyn Dinas, Beddgelert, Gwynedd, Snowdonia, North Wales.

ISO400, f/11, 1⁄125sec at 11mm (16.5mm full-frame equiv.) using my Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 lens attached to a Nikon D7000. The track I was on to get to this vantage point was rather narrow, and other folk were trekking up and down, so rather than getting me tripod out I opted to shoot handheld at a higher ISO to ensure the shutter speed was quick enough without camera shake. This is a single exposure made with no filters, edited with Capture One, Color Efex Pro, and Photoshop.
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The Blade of Ogwen

Soft morning light slivers across the Ogwen valley landscape, highlighting Tryfan’s blade-like peak that rises through the heavens. I bloody love this mountain. =) http://goo.gl/gleQ1o

Afon Lloer, Dryffyn Ogwen, Gwynedd, Snowdonia, North Wales.

ISO100, f/22, 1⁄25sec at 11mm (16.5mm full-frame equiv.) shot with my Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 lens attached to a Nikon D7000. I had originally bracketed three exposures for this scene, just to be sure, but thankfully I ended up only needing the middle exposure. Processed with Capture NX-D, edited with Capture One and Photoshop.
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Sky Piercer

The shark-fin peak of Tryfan, rising suddenly out of the Ogwen valley. I’m pretty sure I could happily photograph this mountain for weeks. =) http://goo.gl/V5sV3b

Afon Lloer, Dryffyn Ogwen, Gwynedd, Snowdonia, North Wales.

ISO100, f/22, 1⁄25sec at 11mm (16.5mm full-frame equiv.) shot with my Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 lens attached to a Nikon D7000. Edited in Capture One.
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Golden Gates of Llanberis

Perhaps Wales’ most photographed tree, sitting on its own near the shore of Llyn Padarn at Llanberis, Snowdonia. In the distance the mountain road of Pen-y-pass bisects the Snowdon and Glyderau mountain ranges, glowing gold in the sunset light. Puffy, warm clouds and a calm, glassy lake. A treasured experience. =) http://goo.gl/ZwMsx9

Llyn Padarn, Llanberis, Gwynedd, Snowdonia, North Wales.

ISO100, f/22, ⅛sec at 11mm (16.5mm full-frame equiv.) shot on my Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 attached to a Nikon D7000. I had originally taken three bracketed exposures to ensure I captured the entire dynamic range of the composition, but ended up only needing the base exposure. I also able to reclaim lost highlight detail using the excellent Capture One. Further minor edits in Color Efex Pro and Affinity Photo.
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The Dark Peak Above

Oh go on then, here’s another shot of Tryfan from the cascades of Afon Lloer in the Ogwen valley of Snowdonia. The first time I laid my eyes on Tryfan I instantly fell in love and that hasn’t waned since. What was even more infatuating this time round was the low clouds curling over Tryfan’s shoulders, just magical. =) http://goo.gl/b0qpgh

Afon Lloer, Dryffyn Ogwen, Snowdonia, Gwynedd, North Wales.

ISO100, f/22, 1⁄30secs at 11mm (16.5mm full-frame equiv.), no filters, just my Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 attached to the Nikon D7000. I bracketed three exposures to ensure I got the light range of the scene but ended up only needing the metered exposure with a few tweaks required in Capture One.
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Padarn’s Lone Tree

Last couple of times we’d been to Snowdonia +Lisabet Woods-Jack and I have somehow skipped out Llyn Padarn entirely. I’m not sure why… it’s a gorgeous glaciated lake next door to Llanberis and it offers this view straight down the lake towards the Yr Wyddfa/Glyderau range, bisected by Pen-y-pass. http://goo.gl/KsJId6

Halfway down the southern shore of Llyn Padarn, you’se can find this here tree, all on its own in the middle of the lake. I joined a local photog who was already shooting around this area, and set up some long exposure compositions of this glorious scene as the sun set behind us. =)

Llyn Padarn, Llanberis, Snowdonia, Gwynedd, North Wales.

ISO100, f/11, 30secs at 16mm (24mm full-frame equiv.) using a soft 3-stop ND grad and a 10-stop full-ND filter stacked on my Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 attached to a Nikon D7000. Minor colour and contrast corrections in Capture One were required as the 10-stopper tends to impart a strong colour cast.
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The Valley The Crowd Forgets

We’ve been to Snowdonia a few times now; you really start to get to know a place. A valley that I’ve been eyeing up for a while now has been calling me so we took a drive down to the western edge of Snowdonia. This is the view you see. Welcome to Dyffryn Nantlle! Ideally I wanted to get down to the lake shore but it appears that access is now restricted, so I made do with setting up by road with my zoom lens, shooting compositions as the sun went down. Me and Lisabet, no-one else. =)

Dyffryn Nantlle, Snowdonia, Gwynedd, North Wales.

ISO100, f/11, 1⁄20sec at 35mm (52.5mm full-frame equiv.) using a Nikkor 28-80mm f/3.5-f/5.6 lens attached to a Nikon D7000. Though I shot bracketed exposures I ended up only needing the brightest, which I processed in Capture One.
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Heaven’s Army Breaches The Gate

Hello again, Snowdonia! Though North Wales was a wee bit dreich upon our arrival, things soon started clearing. Today, our first full day, we travelled up and over Pen-y-pass then west from Capel Curig to head into the epic Ogwen Valley. I wanted to shoot the tremendous Tryfan again from halfway up Afon Lloer and its gorgeous cascades. As I found my spot and started to set up my compositions we noticed low-level clouds curling over the shoulders of Tryfan, in silent, ghostly fashion. It was a spectacular sight and I’m delighted to have been able to capture it. =) http://goo.gl/sdJoSC

Afon Lloer, Ogwen Valley, Snowdonia, Gwynedd, North Wales.

ISO100, f/22, at 11mm (16.5mm full-frame equiv.) using a Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 lens on my Nikon D7000. I shrank my aperture as small as possible in order to slow my exposures for the water. This shot represents three bracketed exposures blended together in Aurora HDR.
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The Sound of Swallows

One of the more epic waterfalls in Snowdonia, this is Swallow Falls or, to give it its actual Welsh name, Rhaeadr Ewynnol (pronounced RAY-uh-ner e-WUN-ol, meaning “Foaming Waterfall”). +Lisabet Woods-Jack and I caught it after a night of heaving rain, making the Afon Llugwy river full and furious, and contributing to the sight you see in the photo. =)

Rhaeadr Ewynnol, Conwy County Borough, Snowdonia, Wales.

ISO100, f/16, ⅓sec at 16mm (24mm full-frame equiv.) using a circular polariser on my Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 attached to my Nikon D7000. Processed using Rawtherapee’s Velvia 50 film emulation then dodged and burned in GIMP.

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