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Llyn Llydaw Panorama #1

Llyn Llydaw and Snowdon Horseshoe, Snowdonia, North Wales

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The promise of a good weather forecast had me booking a day off work to spend the time on a photographic binge in the Snowdonia National Park, North Wales.

There are so many beautiful places to visit in the park, and on this occasion I chose one of the most popular and iconic locations, the Miners Track that runs from Pen-y-Pass up to the summit of Snowdon, passing the three lakes of Llyn Teryn, Llyn Llydaw and Glaslyn on the way.

I had no intention of climbing to the summit, as I find mountains look much better from the bottom looking up than from the top looking down!

Instead, I spent most of the day around Llyn Llydaw, the largest and most photogenic of the three lakes.

I arrived at the lakeshore well before sunrise, in order to shoot my Llyn Llydaw Timelapse #1 video, which was an amazing time, watching as the sunlight hit the summit of Snowdon and tracked down the mountainsides.

Once I'd finished shooting the time lapse sequence I just couldn't tear myself away from such beauty and dramatic light, so I spent a little more time shooting overlappping frames to make this panoramaic collage, taking in the full width of Llyn Llydaw, with the peaks of Snowdon and Crib Goch reflecting in the still waters of the early morning.

Just an amazing experience, and one I plan on repeating as soon as possible.

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Image data

Filename - llyn llydaw panorama 01.jpg

Camera - Canon 6D

Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 24mm

Exposure - 1/80 sec @ f8, ISO100

Filters - 2 stop neutral density graduated filter used to balance the actual scene with its reflection

Location - Llyn Llydaw, Snowdonia, North Wales

Image enhancements - Adobe Lightroom

Comments - Panoramic collage made by overlapping multiple panned exposures.