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Llandudno Panorama #11

Panoramic view over Llandudno on the North Wales coast

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The story behind this image

A lovely evening in mid-July, and with a couple of hours free time on my hands it was an ideal opportunity to capture an image that I'd had in mind for some time.

The view in question was a complete panoramic sweep overlooking Llandudno on the North Wales coast, taking in both the North Shore promenade and the West Shore coastline, with the town of Llandudno in-between.

To capture this specific landscape composition I required an elevated viewpoint, which is why I ended up high on the slopes of the Great Orme headland at the northern end of Llandudno.

This huge limestone outcropping, together with the smaller Little Orme, (on the left this panorama) form the boundaries of Llandudno and lend this stretch of coast its unique appeal.

It was 9pm BST when I took the multiple overlapping frames required to create this panoramic collage, and with the sun rapidly sinking in the northwest behind me the Great Orme had cast a shadow over most of Llandudno below, with just the far end of town and the Little Orme still catching the light.

And it was this contrast of light and shade that added so much to the atmosphere of the final image, emphasising that wonderful time of transition at the close of the day.

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Image data

Filename - llandudno panorama 11

Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 45mm

Exposure - 1/100 sec @ f5.6, 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.