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Glyderau Mountains #1

The Glyderau mountain range and stream. Snowdonia National Park, Wales

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Mean, moody and magnificent!

The Glyderau mountains in the north of the Snowdonia National Park, Wales are an awe-inspiring sight as you drive along the A5 through some of the most dramatic scenery in the UK.

Stopping at the Ogwen visitor centre gives you access to some great hiking trails (and toilets!), but you don't need to climb very far to catch some great views of cloud topped peaks, waterfalls and fresh mountain streams.

Catch the weather right and there's nowhere more beautiful for an aerobic walk up to the lake of Llyn Idwal and beyond up the cliff face of the aptly named Devil's Kitchen to the forbidding peaks of the high Glyderau.

But catch the weather wrong and you could end up having to be airlifted out suffering from hypothermia, such is the extreme nature of this part of the world, where the weather can change in an instant.

It was a relatively benign afternoon when I took this photo, with patches of blue sky visible overhead, but with enough cloud cover to take the glare off the cascading water at my feet as I composed this shot of the Idwal run-off stream with the nation's favourite mountain, Tryfan, in the background and the peaks of the Glyderau to the right of the frame.

But the conditions soon deteriorated and I just made it back to the car as the rain started to fall again.

Well, this is Snowdonia after all!

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Filename - glyderau mountains 01.jpg

Camera - Canon 6D

Lens - 17-40mm zoom @ 17mm

Exposure - 1/4sec @ f11, ISO100

Filters - 6 stop neutral density filter used to slow exposure time and blur water. 2 stop neutral density filter used to darken the sky.

Location - Glyderau mountains, Snowdonia, Wales

This image - 800x533px JPEG

Conversion - Adobe Lightroom and PhotoShop CC

Comments - Tripod, mirror lockup and cable release used to prevent camera movement.