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Everyone loves a sunny, warm day out in the beautiful landscape of the Snowdonia National Park.
That's why, in summer, the more popular spots are absolutely heaving with visitors enjoying the great outdoors.
But on a gloomy, cold and wet winter's day the situation is far different, and you can have the views pretty much to yourself.
I must admit that I love Snowdonia in winter, as the landscape is reduced to its barest and most desolate.
There's a melancholy beauty in the cold, damp, cloud wracked mountains, with just a sprinkle of snow on the high peaks to add a spot of brightness to lighten the gloom.
In terms of winter views, you'd be hard pressed to find a better place than the Nant Ffrancon valley, looking back towards the Glyderau mountains to the right and the Carneddau range to the left.
With its single track road meandering into the distance, bounded by ancient drystone walls and with the muted colours of winter, this is a view to evoke deep emotion.
Maybe a more meaningful and true to life view of Snowdonia than the usual sunny summer scenes you find on postcards.
Filename - nant ffrancon 09.jpg
Camera - Canon 6D
Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 24mm
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 - Final image is an HDR blend of five seperate exposures.
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