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Llyn Padarn Night #4

Llyn Padarn at night, Llanberis, Snowdonia, North Wales

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A rare brief spell of good weather in early November 2019 was all the excuse my wife Liz and I needed to get out of the house and head for the hills.

'The hills' in this case were the mountains of the Snowdonia National Park where we spent a couple of hours exploring in the all too brief daylight.

With the sun setting just after 4pm we were reluctant to head for home so early, so after a bite to eat and with clear night skies overhead we headed for a few of our favourite viewpoints, hoping to see and photograph some alternative nightime views of the dramatic Snowdonia scenery.

An obvious spot to head for was the head of Llyn Padarn, looking up the Pass of Llanberis to the peaks of Snowdon and its neighbours in the distance.

By now the landscape was bathed in the light of a full moon, and with a flat calm over the waters of Llyn Padarn the whole scene was reflected perfectly in the surface of the lake, together with a few of the brighter stars still visible through the strong glow of the moonlight.

The view was just magical, and with a light mist catching the artifical lights of Llanberis to the south of the lake it was a no brainer for me to unpack the camera, tripod and other low light photography paraphenalia to capture the moment for posterity.

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Filename - llyn padarn night 04

Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 58mm

Exposure - 15 secs @ f4, ISO800

Filters - None.

Location - Snowdonia National Park, North Wales

Image enhancements - Adobe Lightroom

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