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Pen Yr Ole Wen Mountain, Snowdonia, North Wales #20

Pen Yr Ole Wen mountain, Snowdonia, North Wales

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One of the most dramatic peaks in the Snowdonia National Park, North Wales, this is Pen Yr Ole Wen (Head of the White Slope) at the southern end of the Carneddau mountain range.

Its conical shape is instantly recogniseable, and, positioned at the right angled juncture between the Ogwen and Nant Ffrancon valleys, Pen Yr Ole Wen makes a great waymarker for the low flying fast jets out of RAF Valley as they scream around its flanks.

But all was calm on this beautiful spring afternoon as my wife Liz and I made our way up from the visitors' centre at the head of Ogwen valley to LLyn Idwal at the base of the Glyderau range of mountains.

Looking back from the shores of Llyn Idwal gave us this great view of the conical peak of Pen Yr Ole Wen, towering majestically over the surrounding landscape as a solitary hiker takes in the same glorious view.

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Pen Yr Ole Wen Timelapse #1, Pen Yr Ole Wen Timelapse #2

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Filename - pen yr ole wen 20

Camera - Canon EOS5D DSLR

Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 28mm

Exposure - 1/8 sec @ f/16, ISO100

Filters - Polarising filter used to enhance colours.

Location - Pen Yr Ole Wen, Snowdonia, North Wales

Image enhancements - Adobe Lightroom

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