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Llyn Ogwen #6

Frozen shoreline of Llyn Ogwen in Snowdonia, North Wales, with the snow capped Tryfan mountain in the background

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The story behind this image

The 'beast from the east' weather system that afflicted the UK in early spring 2018 resulted in some dramatic winter-like scenes, especially in the mountains of Snowdonia near my home in North Wales.

So as soon as the roads were passable my wife Liz and I headed off to see the sights, under leaden grey skies still threatening more snow.

The dramatic winter landscape of Snowdonia exceeded our expectations, with frozen lakes surrounded by the brooding menace of snow capped peaks, battered by the deep chill of a freezing easterly wind.

One of the best views was out over the frozen waters of Llyn Ogwen, looking southest to the unmistakable shape of Tryfan, the most famous mountain in the Glyderau range.

So while my wife Liz took advantage of the cafe and visitors centre by the side of the A5, I crossed the road and climbed this small hill at the end of the lake.

This short excursion gave me this great view, complete with a bare tree and hut as foreground interest set against the surrounding ice and snow.

An iconic view of Snowdonia in winter conditions, except it was early spring!

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Image data

Filename - llyn ogwen 06.jpg

Camera - Canon 6D

Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 24mm

Exposure - 1/15 sec @ f11, ISO100

Filters - Polarising filter used to remove glare from the ice.

Location - Llyn Ogwen, Snowdonia, North Wales

This image - 800x533px JPEG

Conversion - Adobe Lightroom

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