The first snows of winter 2017 had just fallen the day before, and webcam pictures of Snowdonia showed a decent dusting of the white stuff covering the higher peaks.
That, plus a promise of at least some breaks on the clouds, was all the incentive I needed to pack wife Liz and fully laden LowePro into the car for a dash to the mountains before the sun set.
We got to our chosen location overlooking Llyn Mymbyr just in time to catch the sun sliding down the eastern flank of Moel Siabod, casting golden rays over the snow dusted peaks of the Snowdon horseshoe through gaps in the fast moving wrack, with the whole scene reflecting in the relatively still waters of the lake below.
Wow! What a combination of amazing visual treats, and a situation I certainly wasn't going to allow to pass by without shooting the several hundred frames needed to make this time lapse video.
As the sun set the light show just got better and better, with bands of colour and light illuminating the clouds above and lake below, until eventually the scene receded into the blue monotone of twilight and I could finally stop filming, an hour and a half after I'd started.
Cold but elated, we turned the car around and headed back to the wonderful Moel Siabod cafe and gallery, where I enjoyed a much needed warming plate of sausage and mash. (Liz had fish, of all things!)
Fully restored, it was time for the drive home in the darkness of night, back through the Ogwen Valley and Nant Ffrancon, under the stars.
What a fantastic end to a fantastic afternoon!
Filename - llyn mymbyr timelapse 08.mp4
Camera - Canon 6D
Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 28mm
Exposure (start of sequence) - 1/640 sec @ f4, ISO100
Exposure (end of sequence) - 2 secs @ f4, ISO100
Filters - 3 stop neutral density graduated filter used to balance the light levels between sky and land.
Shooting interval - 6 seconds
Location - Llyn Mymbyr, Snowdonia National Park, North Wales
This clip - HD 720p 30fps
Clip duration - 32 secs
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