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Waterfall, Llyn Idwal #3

Waterfall and tree, viewed from the path to Llyn Idwal, Snowdonia, North Wales

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The story behind this image

I'm so blessed to live in North Wales, just a short drive away from some of the most magnificent scenery in the world.

Of course, I'm talking about the wonderful Snowdonia National Park, with its mountains, forests, waterfalls, lakes and coastline.

My wife Liz and I drive here often enough, in all weathers, just to soak in the peace and beauty that this part of the world provides in abundance.

But it's especially nice when it's warm enough to actually go for a hike (we're a bit nesh in that respect!), and one of our best walks is to follow the path up from Llyn Ogwen to Llyn Idwal, the gateway to the Glyderau mountains.

Just after you set off up the path you come to a lovely little wooden bridge, spanning the Llyn Idwal runoff stream as it tumbles as a series of small waterfalls over the boulder strewn river bed.

Nearly everyone stops on the bridge to take a photo of the waterfalls with the peaks of the Glyderau in the background, and I'm no different having photographed this view many times before.

However on this occasion I sought out an alternative aspect, climbing down to the side of the stream for a low down viewpoint, taking in the tumbling water in the foreground and the famous tree, seemingly growing out of solid rock, outlined against the cloudy sky.

Those clouds proved a blessing for this photo, taking the shine off the white water and allowing me to avoid blowing out highlights while still retaining shadow detail in the single exposure.

Mind you, a polarising filter for the water and a two stop neutral density filter over the sky also helped!

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Image data

Filename - waterfall llyn idwal 03.jpg

Camera - Canon 6D

Lens - 17-40mm zoom @ 19mm

Exposure - 1/40 sec @ f8, ISO200

Filters - Polarising filter used to remove glare and enhance colours. Two stop neutral density graduated filter used to balance the exposure between the sky and land.

Location - Llyn Ogwen, Snowdonia, North Wales

This image - 533x800px JPEG

Conversion - Adobe Lightroom

Comments - Handheld exposure with image stabilisation and increased ISO to prevent camera motion blur.