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Llyn Gwynant at Night #1

Llyn Gwynant at night with Orion overhead in the Snowdonia National Park, North Wales

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The story behind this image

Beautiful by day, mysterious by night, the mountains lakes and forests of the Snowdonia National Park in North Wales are an ever changing sensory wonderland, and I'm so blessed to live within easy reach of such loveliness.

My wife Liz and I had spent the afternoon driving around and hiking in the snow capped mountains, and we were so entranced by the scenery that we decided to stay on after dark to look at the stars over the moonlit landscape.

As far as landscapes go, they don't come much lovelier than the view out over Llyn Gwynant, as seen from the popular viewpoint on the A498.

On this particular night the combination of stars, including the constellation orion, together with high cirrus clouds glowing brightly in the moonlight, was just stunning, and we spent quite a few minutes gawping and photographing at the majesty laid out before us.

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Image data

Filename - snowdonia night 01a.jpg

Camera - Canon 6D

Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 24mm

Exposure - 15 secs @ f4, ISO3200

Filters - None.

Location - Llyn Gwynant, Snowdonia National Park, North Wales

This image - 800x533px JPEG

Conversion - Adobe Lightroom

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