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Marchlyn Mawr #3

Drystone wall and gibbous moon at Marchlyn Mawr in Snowdonia, North Wales

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The story behind this image

A beautiful sunny afternoon in early May and my wife Liz and I were busy exploring somewhere we'd never been before, the reservoir of Marchlyn Mawr and its surroundings, high up in the Glyderau mountains at the foot of Elidir Fach.

This reservoir is part of the Electric Mountain pumped hydro-electric storage system, and we were guided here with directions supplied by local photographer Nick Livesey of the Soul of Snowdonia Gallery, so a big 'Thank You' to him for pointing us in the right direction.

The walk up to the reservoir is a gentle one, up a well tarmaced and maintained service road, while taking in some lovely views of the surrounding mountains and landscape on the way.

The sky was almost cloudless during our climb, and images like this one of a drystone wall under a clear blue sky would have been somewhat lacking in interest if it wasn't for a gibbous moon hanging low in the heavens.

For this composition I cropped the lower part of the image and arranged the line of the wall to provide a diagonal eyeline from the bottom corner of the frame up to the moon in the top right corner, adding a dynamism and purpose to the final picture.

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Image data

Filename - marchlyn mawr 03

Camera - Canon 6D

Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 105mm

Exposure - 1/8 sec @ f8, ISO100

Filters - Polarising filter used to darken the sky and enhance colours

Location - Marchlyn Mawr, Snowdonia National Park, North Wales

This image - 640x800px JPEG

Conversion - Adobe Lightroom

Comments - Handheld exposure with image stabilisation