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Portmeirion #35

Painted steel bench at Portmeirion, North Wales

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After a couple of years' worth of gentle encouragement by my wife Liz I finally agreed for us to take a day trip to one of the top tourist attractions in North Wales, the somewhat iconic Italiante village of Portmeirion.

The only fact that I knew about Portmeirion was that the classic '60s cult TV series 'The Prisoner' was filmed there, so I didn't really know what to expect.

Fortunately for us we chose a lovely day in early July to visit, with bright sun and blue skies bringing out the best of the vivid colours in which most of the buildings are painted.

Well, I was won over as soon as we walked through the entrance, with so many beautiful and quirky ornate buildings to look at, set with care for the visual aesthetic around lovely landscaped gardens.

Our viewing of the village and its surrounding estates was somewhat leisurely, with me stopping every few yards to take yet another photo of yet another eye catching arrangement of colourful buildings and gardens.

But it wasn't just the grand views that drew my attention, as there were lovely little details hidden away in nooks and crannies to enjoy as well.

Such as this ornate painted steel bench set into an alcove in a rock face.

A handy place to stop for a rest, with added visual appeal typical of the aethestic care shown all around Portmeirion.

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Image data

Filename - portmeirion 35.jpg

Camera - Canon EOS 6D

Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 40mm

Exposure - 1/20 secs @ f8, ISO400

Filters - Polarising filter used to enhance colours.

Location - Portmeirion, North Wales

Image enhancements - Adobe Lightroom

Comments - High ISO used to allow handheld exposure with image stabilisation.