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Llandudno Hotel #1

Grand hotel on the pier at Llandudno on the North Wales coast

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Just after sunrise on a midsummer's morning, with a very low tide on the North Wales coast, and I'm about a quarter of a mile out from the North Shore promenade at Llandudno, catching this unusual angle and low angles light on the iconic Victorian pier and Grand Hotel.

There's no better time of the year, or time of the day, to be here, totally alone in the beautiful fresh light with only a few squawking seagulls and the sussurant hiss of wavelets on pebbles and the smell of seaweed for company.

A few minutes later and the light has become too harsh for the kind of image making I'm interested in this morning, so it's back to the car for the drive home, breakfast, and then off to work, still glowing with the pleasure of experiencing such loveliness.

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Filename - llandudno hotel 01.jpg

Camera - Canon 6D

Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 24mm

Exposure - 1/15 sec @ f16, ISO100

Filters - Polarising filter used to reduce glare and enhance colours. 2 stop neutral density graduated filter used to balance the brightness levels between the sky and sea.

Location - North Shore, Llandudno, North Wales

Image enhancements - Adobe Lightroom

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