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Getting a different view – Snowdon, Snowdonia National Park


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Back in March I managed a few days in Snowdonia National Park. My main aim was to walk up Snowdon again after a gap of a few years, but I thought I would get some photos made at the same time. The weather forecast wasn’t great, but my first full day in the park looked to be the best with no rain forecast. I snowed over night with temperature of -2 degrees Celsius at the summit, so conditions were quite interesting from the snow line up to the summit. Strong winds and poor visibility stopped any image making at the summit, but I did manage the odd image a few metres down from the summit while sheltering behind some rocks.


Close to the summit of Snowdon

Typically after spending the day walking up Snowdon, the weather improved and the sun came out for the next few days even though it wasn’t forecast. It was tempting to walk up Snowdon again, but other things had been planned. I’ll have to hope that the next walk to the summit gives some better views.


Snowdon from near Capel Curig


View from the Miners Track

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Panoramic view from the Miners Track

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View from the Pyg Track

Small Weir, Elizabeth & Rowe Harding Nature Reserve, Gower Peninsula

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A few years ago I photographed the small weir/waterfall in the ford at the entrance to the Wildlife Trust of South & West Wales Elizabeth & Rowe Harding Nature Reserve. In those photographs, I photographed from the reserve side of the ford. The water level was lower and overall the photographs were much bluer in colour.

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Even though the photographs were made about the same time, the bluer cast wasn’t as evident in the newer images. The camera settings were the same, my camera is always set to daylight white balance, but even the water had a yellow – brown colour to it.

I knew I wanted to make the images quite abstract, so I experimented with the shutter speed to control the amount of blur to the water. Those that know me, know that I like to see some detail  in the motion of the water and not a completely unrecognisable blur. I then experimented with vertical and horizontal framing.

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I think the most successful image is the top of the three above. It brings together the feel and exposure settings that match my initial vision. The other images don’t quite work for me; the vertical image has too much white water at the base of the image and the horizontal image above doesn’t have enough colour or abstract nature to it.

It is all very subjective and even looking at the picture on the back of the camera doesn’t help. It always pays to wait a bit from the time of capture before editing your images to allow a bit of objectivity without some of the emotions present at the time of the image capture clouding your judgement. A larger screen always helps as well.