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This image was taken yesterday after an energy-sapping yomp over Glyder Fawr and Glyder Fach in Snowdonia National Park. In the morning, the mountain tops were covered by cloud and, despite the forecast, I didn't hold much hope for any photography. It was a great hike, regardless.

Eventually the clouds started to lift as I descended Glyder Fawr and, even better, sunlight was starting to break through the clouds. This image was taken near to Devil's Kitchen, overlooking Llyn Idwal, with Pen Yr Ole Wen and the rest of the Carneddau mountains in the distance.

I opted for a central composition of the Pen Yr Ole Wen, and allowed the snow covered slopes in the foreground to frame the shot. I tried a few 'off centre' compositions, but they didn't work as well as this one.

I have done a few minor tweaks using curves in RAW conversion and I pulled back the brightness of the foreground a little bit to allow more snow detail to be visible and to prevent it from distracting from the rest of the shot. I tried a few images without the snow foreground and, again, I didn't think it worked as well as this version.

Thanks for looking - this one really is best viewed large if you can.

Pete

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Lens:Nikon 18-35mm + 0.9 ND Grad
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Cwm Idwal and Pen yr Ole Wen
Username:pfheyes pfheyes
Uploaded:13 Apr 2008 - 9:48 PM
Tags:Landscape / travel
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Scott_Scot
Scott_Scot  10 Scotland4 Constructive Critique Points
13 Apr 2008 - 9:50 PM

A fabulous snowy hill day by the look of it !!!

Excellent!!

Scotty

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chrismar
chrismar  9 England
13 Apr 2008 - 9:51 PM

Absolute cracker...
Chris

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sut68
sut68  111998 forum posts England76 Constructive Critique Points
13 Apr 2008 - 10:05 PM

Definitely worth the effort Pete, nice vista!!!

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NEWMANP e2 Member 61587 forum postsNEWMANP vcard United Kingdom574 Constructive Critique Points
13 Apr 2008 - 10:12 PM

wow.
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phototime  8 United Kingdom
13 Apr 2008 - 10:15 PM

A wonderful image,like it very much.

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pfheyes
pfheyes  10254 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
13 Apr 2008 - 10:16 PM

Thanks very much everyone!

Pete

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JennB
JennB  760 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
13 Apr 2008 - 10:19 PM

A stunning image, lots of clicks coming your way!

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pfheyes
pfheyes  10254 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
13 Apr 2008 - 10:20 PM

I was about to crash for the night and spotted the EC.

Pete - thank you very much indeed. Smile

And thanks to everyone else. Much appreciated!

Pete

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Andrekarl
Andrekarl  8 South Africa
13 Apr 2008 - 10:29 PM

Super shot and detail - well done!

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dawnmichelle
dawnmichelle e2 Member 7dawnmichelle vcard United States
13 Apr 2008 - 10:31 PM

excellent

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carterart
carterart  1074 forum posts United Kingdom
13 Apr 2008 - 10:40 PM

Never seen this view looking more beautifully. Beautifully exposed.

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MrsS
MrsS  84527 forum posts England18 Constructive Critique Points
13 Apr 2008 - 10:41 PM

WOW! Stunning Smile

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SueTurner
SueTurner  1081 forum posts England3 Constructive Critique Points
13 Apr 2008 - 10:51 PM

excellent

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graeme34
graeme34  7 United Kingdom
13 Apr 2008 - 10:52 PM

amazing light and tones

Graeme

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DP_Imagery
DP_Imagery e2 Member 10DP_Imagery vcard Wales6 Constructive Critique Points
13 Apr 2008 - 11:03 PM

Sublime - well deserving of the EC. Top class. Bruce

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TelStar
TelStar  9116 forum posts United Kingdom
13 Apr 2008 - 11:04 PM

A wonderful shot.

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sut68
sut68  111998 forum posts England76 Constructive Critique Points
13 Apr 2008 - 11:08 PM

Well done Pete!!!

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dianah
dianah  824474 forum posts United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
13 Apr 2008 - 11:17 PM

You have an absolutely stunning portfolio..this shot is one of the best I have ever seen..I am in total awe!
Di

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iancatch
iancatch  7 England45 Constructive Critique Points
13 Apr 2008 - 11:20 PM

Simply stunning

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rogerbryan
rogerbryan e2 Member 10397 forum postsrogerbryan vcard United Kingdom
13 Apr 2008 - 11:50 PM

Super image - worth all that effort.

Roger

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Buffalo_Tom e2 Member 82322 forum postsBuffalo_Tom vcard Wales9 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2008 - 5:15 AM

Large is a must.Fantastic view.
Tom.

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pfheyes
pfheyes  10254 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2008 - 8:15 AM

Thanks very much everyone.

Pete

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LesF
LesF  8178 forum posts8 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2008 - 8:22 AM

Certainly has that wow factor about it. Congrats on the EC

Les F

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Scottishlandscapes e2 Member 1068 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2008 - 9:36 AM

Every once in a while an image comes along that rocks you on your heels. This one did it for me Pete, tremendous composition the snow in the fg holds the image together, but the light on the top is just perfect, must have lifted your heart when this appeared.
Well done always makes a day better when you see something like this.

All the very best
Dougie

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pfheyes
pfheyes  10254 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2008 - 9:42 AM

Thanks very much Dougie - it's appreciated. I'm pretty chuffed with this one, especially when I finally got to view it on the monitor. Smile

Pete

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14 Apr 2008 - 9:45 AM

monumental image

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jaktis
jaktis e2 Member 1082 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
14 Apr 2008 - 9:55 AM

A cracking image with the snowcovered peaks

Peter

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pfheyes
pfheyes  10254 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2008 - 10:01 AM

Thanks muchly gents!

Pete

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MarkT  10119 forum posts England2 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2008 - 11:03 AM

Well done Pete - great shot.

Mark.

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Dotrob
Dotrob  9 Wales
14 Apr 2008 - 12:42 PM

Superb shot, know the aera well, fabulous to have some snow in Snowdonia.
Dot.

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conrad
conrad  1010877 forum posts116 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2008 - 1:59 PM

This has to go straight to my Favourite Photos page, there's no doubt about it. Wonderful capture, Pete!

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pennyspike  112068 forum posts United Kingdom29 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2008 - 2:03 PM

The large version is eyepopping. Congrats on the EC, I'm very glad you were rewarded for a super pic.
Penny

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pfheyes  10254 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2008 - 2:35 PM

Mark, Dot, Conrad and Penny - thanks! Smile

Pete

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Wooly  9112 forum posts England4 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2008 - 2:47 PM

More than worthy of all it's awards.

Alan

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JouŠo
JouŠo e2 Member 1056 forum postsJouŠo vcard Finland
14 Apr 2008 - 5:25 PM

MAJESTIC IMAGE, Pete!!!!

Congrats on very well deserved EC! I´m happy for you...

Jouko

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Rob_Taylor
Rob_Taylor  10659 forum posts Wales5 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2008 - 5:47 PM

This is a superb image Pete, well done on the EC

Rob

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JohnParminter
14 Apr 2008 - 5:59 PM

A brilliant mountain photograph.
John

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samsalt1
samsalt1  734 forum posts4 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2008 - 7:01 PM

Very obvious why this made EC, Stunning is the word to describe it, Jealous is the word for how I feel about it.

Sam

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14 Apr 2008 - 7:05 PM

excellent image. wonderful feeling of power & emotion that brings back mixed memories for me.

gerry

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pfheyes
pfheyes  10254 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2008 - 7:33 PM

Thanks everyone. Smile

Pete

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martin.w e2 Member 12354 forum postsmartin.w vcard United Kingdom22 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2008 - 8:39 PM

Clinging on with my fingernails to the edge!! What a superb image Pete, a breathtaking view and the patches of light give a wonderful depth. I think I like it Smile

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Phil_Morgan
14 Apr 2008 - 9:20 PM

Pleased to make it 80. A stunning image.

Phil.

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ZInaNMooner
14 Apr 2008 - 10:08 PM

Fantastic photo.

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PatrickSmith
14 Apr 2008 - 10:51 PM

You nailed it Pete! So much detail that it takes a while to see it all. The foreground helps anchor it too.

Patrick

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newy17  8273 forum posts United Kingdom
15 Apr 2008 - 12:46 AM

wow breath taking image,well done and congrats on the EC,,
ian

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Glynn
Glynn  81169 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
15 Apr 2008 - 7:51 AM

Stunning image Pete. POTW in my book
Glynn

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pfheyes
pfheyes  10254 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
15 Apr 2008 - 8:21 AM

Thanks very much everyone. Smile

Pete

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Codiac  8329 forum posts Northern Ireland3 Constructive Critique Points
16 Apr 2008 - 11:53 AM

wonderful scene, brilliantly photographed. congrats on the EC

Gary

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pfheyes  10254 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
16 Apr 2008 - 7:37 PM

Thanks Gary

Pete

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Paulbee e2 Member 1036 forum postsPaulbee vcard United Kingdom
16 Apr 2008 - 10:50 PM

A really great shot Pete, the detail is superb. Editors choice well deserved.

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pfheyes  10254 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
17 Apr 2008 - 8:07 AM

Thanks very much, Paul!

Pete

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BillyGoatGruff e2 Member 7191 forum postsBillyGoatGruff vcard England199 Constructive Critique Points
17 Apr 2008 - 8:27 AM

Incredibly good shot, Pete. What a great sky!
All the best,
Bill

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pfheyes  10254 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
17 Apr 2008 - 9:12 AM

Thanks Bill. Smile

Pete

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lobsterboy Site Moderator 1114245 forum postslobsterboy vcard United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
1 May 2008 - 1:00 PM

115 clicks, an EC and 3 user awards - that's the trouble with this site, good stuff like this hardly gets the recognition it deserves!

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proberts  10218 forum posts Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
7 May 2008 - 8:22 PM

Stunning shot Pete.I did manage to walk to the bottom of the lake a few months ago,but that practically killed me.I will do it one day though afet seeing this shot.Very well done.
Andrew.

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bazhutton  725 forum posts England
15 May 2008 - 1:20 PM

Magnificent view. The shot has a natural frame to it.

Baz

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pfheyes
pfheyes  10254 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jul 2008 - 11:59 PM

I'm a bit late in my reply, but thanks all. Smile

Pete

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CathyI
CathyI e2 Member 10344 forum postsCathyI vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jul 2008 - 12:01 PM

This is indeed a majestic image Pete! the line of snow at the bottom balances the image well and all the various diagonals and the light on the far hills make it spring from the screen... This is another of your shots where I can feel the wind on my face looking at it!

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pfheyes
pfheyes  10254 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jul 2008 - 12:25 PM

Great to hear from you Cathy. I hope you are well. Smile

I haven't had the opportunity to get some mountain images of late, but I've got some trips planned in the Highlands soon (starting with Skye next weekend). Can't wait. Smile))

Take Care.

Pete

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bajanexile
30 Jul 2008 - 7:51 PM

A1 capture. Regards. Stephen

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pfheyes  10254 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2008 - 3:37 PM

Thanks Stephen

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User_Removed
19 Oct 2008 - 10:27 PM

A great picture, nice low foregroud opening into that beautiful view. Keith

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Skinz
Skinz  1194 forum posts
19 Feb 2009 - 8:48 PM

Stunning image Pete.

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pfheyes  10254 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
20 Feb 2009 - 8:27 AM

Thanks guys.

Pete

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IanFlindt  10739 forum posts United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jan 2010 - 10:40 PM

An image as majestic and spendid as the captured view itself.

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