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Betws-y-Coed #13

Gwydyr Forest and mountains of the Snowdonia National Park near Betws-y-Coed, North Wales

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Early May and new life is bursting forth in the forests of the Snowdonia National Park in North Wales, with fresh foliage glistening in the sun and birdsong all around.

One of the prettiest forest views is this one, overlooking the Gwydyr Forest near Betws-y-Coed, with the peaks of Snowdonia in the background.

A convenient layby on the road from Capel Curig is the place to stop to admire this view, which is great for me as I could set up my camera and tripod directly from the boot of my car.

Why bother with a tripod you might ask?

Ordinarily I wouldn't for a brightly lit shot like this, but the contrast range in this scene, from the bright sunny skies to the shadowy trees was too great to capture in a single exposure.

Hence the need for the tripod, so I could take five perfectly aligned exposures, each one stop apart to capture the full contrast range in this lovely view.

A subsequent HDR blend in Adobe Lightroom, followed by a few tweaks in Photoshop, gave me this final image, showing the landscape pretty much as I saw it at the time, with detail in the brightest part of the sky and the darkest part of the forest.

I really appreciate it when advances in processing technology allows such loveliness to be fully appreciated.

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Image data

Filename - betws-y-coed 13

Camera - Canon 6D

Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 60mm

Exposure - Various @ f8, ISO100

Filters - Polarising filter used to reduce glare and enhance colours

Location - Gwydyr Forest near Betws-y-Coed, Snowdonia National Park, North Wales

This image - 800x533px JPEG

Conversion - Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop

Comments - 5 seperate exposures taken for subsequent high dynamic range (HDR) blend.