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With sixteen hours of daylight during the summer months up here at 53&geg;N latitude my wife Liz and I take full advantage of the long days to explore further afield around Wales than we can manage during the cold, dark, winter.
With so many beautiful and dramatic locations to choose from in this part of the world we really are spoilt for choice, but one location we make a point of visiting at least once a summer are the wonderful Cregennan Lakes.
Nestled high in the Snowdonia mountains above the Mawddach estuary, the Cregennan Lakes are an outdoor enthusiasts delight, with fresh, clean air to breathe and unspoilt natural scenery to hike through, with hardly anybody else in view.
Of course, I can't just look at the views without unlimbering my camera to try to justice in a photograph to the mountains and lakes laid out so tantalisingly in front of me.
In this case, 'doing justice' meant taking in the whole view in a panoramic collage, from the Lookout Hill to the left of the frame, across the lakes to the mountain of Cader Idris and its surrounding peaks to the right.
There were a few other enthuiasts enjoying the Cregennan Lakes experience that I decided to include in this image to give a sense of scale and some human interest, but I could have easily cloned them out if I so desired.
Filename - cregennan lakes panorama 06
Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 45mm
Exposure - 1/320 sec @ f5.6, ISO100
Filters - 2 stop neutral density graduated filter used to reduce the brightness of the sky relative to the landscape.
Location - Cregennan Lakes, Snowdonia, Wales
Image enhancements - Adobe Lightroom
Comments - Panoramic collage created from a series of overlapping exposures.
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