Wales in October isn't noted for blue skies and sunny weather, but we had been watching the weather forecast for a few days and the promise of sunshine encouraged us.
A 2 hour car journey took us to Llanberis and the famous Snowdon Mountain Railway. An hour in a narrow gauge train took us to the summit of Snowdon and this view!
On the extreme left is the cairn marking the actual summit, with Llyn Llydaw the lake below.
What this image can't show is the strength of the wind, conservatively estimated as in excess of 50 mph and the icy temperature, although the snow on the ground does suggest that it isn't exactly tropical. I literally couldn't feel my fingers after 5 minutes outsite. Fortunately there is a cafe at the top and a cup of hot chocolate brought the life back into my extremities.
The cloud actually started to build up over the top as we left and, by the time we got back down to Llanberis, the summit was disappearing from view. The guard on the train told us this was the only clear day they had in the past several weeks so luck really was on our side this time.
For those interested - the trip isn't cheap. £25 return or £18 if you just want to use the train up and walk down.
When I saw the final image posted I wasn't too happy with it as it looked very flat. All I have done is boost saturation a little and applied the Unsharp Mask. Hopefully the changes are subtle but have the desired effect.
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giorgimer (34941) 2010-11-08 14:08
wonderful view, perfect POV, good quality
Estelle (2766) 2010-11-08 15:13
I like this view, depth of field and colours. I'm glad to watch this picture from the warmth of my home. Mind you, now that you have described the strong wind, I can guess it from the waves on the lake.
bmukherjee (1516) 2010-11-08 20:45
Wow - a very beautiful scenery! Although I would have stepped lower to include something in the foreground of this immense wideangle, I think your perspective gives this view a sense of wideness that cant be achieved in the classic grass-in-foreground image. Overall, your exposure and composition are fantastic here; the bright hill to the left balances the darker shadowed hill to the right. And of course, the lake in the center adds the essential water element.
brianmcc (6219) 2011-09-10 15:10
great depth of field. lovely composition of a great landscape.
- Copyright: Keith Taylor (Keitht) (1308)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-10-20
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D, EF 24-105 1:4 L IS USM, Circular Polarising
- Exposure: f/9.0, 1/80 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Final Version, Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2010-11-08 13:59