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Nant Ffrancon #8

Waterfall at the head of the Nant Ffrancon valley, Snowdonia National Park, North Wales

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The story behind this image

A beautiful spring day in mid May and for once the sun is shining over the mountains and valleys of the Snowdonia National Park in North Wales.

A very popular place to stop, hike and admire the views is at the head of the Nant Ffrancon valley, comprising a huge escarpment covered in mature woodland over which a waterfall plunges to the lush valley floor below.

This view shows the head of the waterfall, just before it starts its plunge to the depths below, and what drew my eye to this particular view was the sunlit patch of bright green moss set against the grey rocks.

Mind you, the extremes of contrast in this view meant that I had to take five seperate exposures, each one stop apart, for a subsequent high dynamic range (HDR) blend in Adobe Lightroom to enable detail to be seen in the brightest and darkest parts of the frame.

I was really pleased with the end result (you never quite know how these HDR blends are going to turn out beforehand), with an image that conveys a sense of light and airiness that I certainly felt as I was taking the photos.

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Image data

Filename - nant ffrancon 08.jpg

Camera - Canon 6D

Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 35mm

Exposure - Various @ f11, ISO100

Filters - Polarising filter used to reduce glare and enhance colours.

Location - Nant Ffrancon, Snowdonia National Park, North Wales

This image - 800x533px JPEG

Conversion - Adobe Lightroom

Comments - Five seperate exposures taken and blended to give a high dynamic range (HDR) image.