We headed to Wales for a short break this week – to hike and to relax for a few days. Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t on our side, so we only managed a short hike up Yr Aran, and decided to be ‘tourists’ and visit a few of Snowdonia’s top tourist spots.
The first photo is taken from the summit of Yr Aran, looking towards Snowdon and into Cwm Llan, and the second is a short test I did at the Swallow Falls waterfalls in Betws y Coed, playing with ‘long’ exposure in the daylight. I didn’t have my tripos with me, so this was as long as I could manage without getting some major motion blur.
Here’s something different than the usual – an almost abstract shot that I took of Afon Llugwy, which is much different from my usual panorama, it was nice to play around with this in Post, as I quite like the results.
As I’ve updated my photography section I decided to head into my iPhoto to look for any un-stitched/edited panoramas that I might have hanging around, and boy – I found a couple of what I thought was really nice. I’m not too sure why they were left un-stitched, as I really love they way the came out, especially the first one, looking towards Snowdon (on the left), with the Nantlle Ridge swooping to the right, and Moel Hebog standing strong in the distance.
The last is somewhat different. When I headed over to Wales a couple of weekends back to see my family and for my big Birthday, I decided one evening to scout the land for possible location ideas for a short film that I’m currently thinking about animating. I really like the location, and the old tree is perfect. Taken from the slopes of Mynydd Mawr, in Dyffryn Nantlle.
As I’m currently back in Wales, every evening I try to head on out to the mountains with my camera, to have a break from my computer. Here’s a couple I’ve taken this last week:
The first is of the fantastic Llyn Nantlle. I was really lucky to capture this – after driving like a fool in the new van to try and capture the great contrast between the mountains and the skies, I only took one photo, and the sun sank really fast behind the clouds, and after hanging around for a good 30 mins, there was no sign of it ever coming back. But I was really happy with the result.
The second if the view from the summit of my favorite mountain – Mynydd Mawr, looking over towards the Nantlle Ridge. The lake from which the first image is taken from can be seen in the Valley below.
As the sun was blasting, and the promise of a lovely sunset was imminent. I headed up Craig Cwmbychan, (the ‘head’ of the elephant that is Mynydd Mawr) to try and capture the sunset, blasting through Nant-Y-Betws below.
So here’s Nant-y-Betws, looking over from Craig Cwmbychan, Mynydd Mawr towards Moel Eilio, and Snowdon on the far right. Llyn Cwellyn can also be seen below.
I’ve just returned to Wales, and over the weekend I headed out, up to Moel Eilio as I haven’t been up there for a few months now. The sun was blasting, and there was only a few other people up at the top, who ran back down as quickly as they arrived, so I had the whole mountain to myself.
As it was around midday, the lighting wasn’t perfect, but I did manage to take a couple of panoramas of the view towards Snowdon.
Moel Eilio is located just North West from Snowdon itself, so the view is always pleasant, and is tagged at 726m high.
Here’s a couple more old photographs that I’ve just re-visited, as I love playing around in Lightroom. The first is take a couple years back coming down Yr Aran, with Bwlch Cwm Llan and the Snowdonia Quarries in the background, and the second I took while taking a nice gentle drive around Snowdon one evening, looking down Pen Y Pass, with the sun setting over Llanberis down the Valley.
I love looking through iPhoto on my iMac, and by doing so – I find some nice images that I haven’t yet stitched together to form a panorama. This one dates back to the end of August last year, a 7 photo stitch of Cwm Dyli, a trek of the Snowdon Horseshoe we did over the summer.
Turned out quite nicely me thinks, I love the mood of the photograph. Good times.