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Mawddach Estuary Panorama #4

Boat moored in the Mawddach estuary at low tide on the welsh coast

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One of the most stunning views in the already stunning Snowdonia National Park, Wales.

This is the scenery that greeted my wife Liz and myself as we pulled up into the car park at Fairbourne Point on the mid-Wales coast, looking inland up the Mawddach Estuary, past the very impressive Barmouth rail viaduct and onto the mountains of Snowdonia in the far distance.

It was a beautiful day in late June, and we were making the most of the sixteen hours of daylight up here at 53°N latitude by first of all hiking around the wonderful Cregennan Lakes, high in the mountains, before dropping down to the coast for a picnic tea and to admire the views.

With the tide fully out there were acres of golden sand laid out in front of us, cut through by the river Mawddach and punctuated by a small motorboat, marooned on the beach, awaiting the return of the Irish Sea.

With light, fluffy cumulus clouds floating by overhead, casting a patchwork of shadow and sunlight over the landscape, there was no way I would have missed the opportunity to capture this loveliness in a series of still photos and videos.

This particular image takes in the full sweep of the estuary in the form of a panoramic collage comprising multiple overlapping frames, blended together in Adobe Lightroom to give a huge high resolution picture, much reduced in size here for web viewing.

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Image data

Filename - mawddach estuary panorama 04

Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 105mm

Exposure - 1/125 sec @ f8, ISO100

Filters - 2 stop neutral density graduated filter used to reduce the brightness of the sky relative to the landscape.

Location - Mawddach Estuary, Snowdonia, Wales

Image enhancements - Adobe Lightroom

Comments - Panoramic collage created from a series of overlapping exposures.