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Llandudno North Shore Panorama #5

Panoramic view of the North Shore promenade at Llandudno on the North Wales coast

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The seaside town of Llandudno is reckoned to be the jewel in the crown of the North Wales coastal strip, and I can't really argue with that premise.

With its iconic Victorian pier and seafront, Llandudno is a very popular spot with tourists and locals alike, my wife Liz and I included.

Which is why we were enjoying a bracing walk along the North Shore promenade on a very chilly afternoon in early November.

Actually the weather wasn't that bad, with broken cloud cover casting a patchwork of sunlight and shadow over the landscape below.

As we walked along the promenade we arrived at the old, but lovingly maintained, 1920s' bandstand, just as the clouds above parted to allow a brief burst of sunlight to flood the North Shore, pier and Great Orme headland.

Not wanting to waste the opportunity I jumped down onto the shingle beach in front of the bandstand and quickly shot a handheld series of overlapping frames before the sunlight vanished.

I was concerned whether the Adobe Lightroom 'Blend to Panorama' function could cope with the shaky alignment of my images, and the large amount of parallex error involved when shooting scenery close to the camera, but I needn't have worried, as the software worked its usual miracle on my panoramic collage, assmbling this dramatic sweeping composition, with the bandstand firmly in the foreground.

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Filename - llandudno north shore panorama 05

Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 28mm

Exposure - 1/125 sec @ f8, ISO100

Filters - 2 stop neutral density graduated filter used to reduce the brightness of the sky relative to the landscape.

Location - Llandudno, North Wales

Image enhancements - Adobe Lightroom

Comments - Panoramic collage created from a series of overlapping exposures.