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Pen yr Ole Wen #9

Frozen shoreline of Llyn Ogwen in Snowdonia, North Wales, with Pen yr Ole Wen mountain in the background

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The story behind this image

The 'beast from the east' weather system that afflicted the UK in early spring 2018 resulted in some dramatic winter-like scenes, especially in the mountains of Snowdonia near my home in North Wales.

So as soon as the roads were passable my wife Liz and I headed off to see the sights, under leaden grey skies still threatening more snow.

The dramatic winter landscape of Snowdonia exceeded our expectations, with frozen lakes surrounded by the brooding menace of snow capped peaks, battered by the deep chill of a freezing easterly wind.

One of the best views was out over the frozen waters of Llyn Ogwen, looking north to the conical shape of Pen yr Ole Wen, the southernmost mountain in the Carneddau range.

So while my wife Liz took advantage of the cafe and visitors centre by the side of the A5, I crossed the road and explored the shoreline at the end of the lake.

This short excursion gave me this great view, complete with a bare tree as foreground interest set against the surrounding ice and snow.

An iconic view of Snowdonia in winter conditions, except it was early spring!

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Image data

Filename - pen yr olwen 09.jpg

Camera - Canon 6D

Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 24mm

Exposure - 1/15 sec @ f11, ISO100

Filters - Polarising filter used to remove glare from the ice.

Location - Llyn Ogwen, Snowdonia, North Wales

This image - 533x800px JPEG

Conversion - Adobe Lightroom

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