Amazing The Rapids of the Three Peaks

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The Rapids of the Three Peaks

So… this was a rather special moment. =)

After Lisabet and I had finished hiking around Cwm Idwal and generally enjoying the light of Dryffyn Ogwen, we started to make our way towards the car when we noticed a small metal stile coming off the bridge. We decided to clamber over it, drop down t’other side and climb over some slippery rocks to get… this view. goo.gl/mv9s6K

In the distance, Tryfan enjoys the golden light of the setting sun. Here, you can see its other profile, compared to the more pyramidal view, especially of the three peaks, hence its name. To my left and towering way above us is the slopes of Pen yr Ole Wen and in the distance on the right is Glyder Fach (994m/3,261ft, pronounced GLUder-Fakhh meaning “small mound”). Below our feet was the rushing, surging force of Afon Ogwen before it shoots underneath the bridge and drops down the Ogwen valley in a series of falls. The sound of the river after fresh rain was tremendous. A moment we will cherish forever. =)

Afon Ogwen, Dryffyn Ogwen, Snowdonia, Wales.

ISO100, f/13, ¼sec @ 14mm (21mm full-frame equiv.), 0.6 soft ND Grad filter on my Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 with the Nikon D7000. This is a single exposure, requiring no additional exposure blending as the ND Grad worked brilliantly to balance the sky. This image was processed minimally in Darktable and then gently tweaked in GIMP to finalise.

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Posted by LightSweep on 2015-03-07 22:33:15

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