Snowdonia 2019

A dash to Snowdonia to take advantage of some lovely weather.

3 days ― November to December 2019

Part 1: The Glyders

In late November last year the weather was looking nice for the weekend, so Chris and I made a last minute dash to Snowdonia for some fresh air.

We picked a route over the Glyders from west to east. Setting off well before dawn we had some lovely views of sunrise.

Ed looking out over lake at dawn.

Photo by Chris Natt.

Ed Horsford ― Cwm Idwal ― 2019/11/30
1/125s at f/4.5, 24mm, ISO 800, Nikon D850

A style on a mountainside at dawn.

Cwm Idwal ― 2019/11/30
1/25s at f/4, 30mm, ISO 3200, Fuji X-T20

Chris crosses a series of tall rocks pointing straight up in the air like crystals.

Chris Natt ― Glyder Fawr ― 2019/11/30
1/1700s at f/4, 36mm, ISO 200, Fuji X-T20

The Glyders (Glyder Fawr and Glyder Fach) have a series of rocky outcroppings which are great for exploring. They were stunning with a touch of frost on them.

Ed walks along a rocky crest.

Photo by Chris Natt.

Ed Horsford ― Glyder Fawr ― 2019/11/30
1/1600s at f/4.5, 85mm, ISO 250, Nikon D850

Chris reaches up to a large cantilevered overhanging him.

Chris Natt ― Glyder Fawr ― 2019/11/30
1/1400s at f/4, 33mm, ISO 200, Fuji X-T20

A soft photo of some jagged rocks.

Glyder Fawr ― 2019/11/30
1/8000s at f/2, 53mm, ISO 200, Fuji X-T20

A close photo of the edge of a jagged and sharp rock at the top of Glyder Fawr.

Glyder Fawr ― 2019/11/30
1/4400s at f/2, 53mm, ISO 200, Fuji X-T20

Chris descends a gently sloping hillside covered in large frost-covered boulders.

Chris Natt ― Glyder Fach ― 2019/11/30
1/1100s at f/4, 17mm, ISO 200, Fuji X-T20

Ed and Chris pose on the other side of a small pond with arms outstretched. The pond is frozen with crystals extending over the surface.

Chris Natt, Ed Horsford ― Glyder Fach ― 2019/11/30
1/1000s at f/5.6, 20mm, ISO 250, Nikon D850

Having done the Glyders and Snowdon on the same weekend, I found the Glyders much more rewarding - you get more interesting views (including across to Snowdon), more interesting terain to explore, and less people.

Part 2: Sunrise on Snowdon

For our second day in Wales we got up long before dawn to see how far up Snowdon we could get to shoot the sunrise from up high.

Setting off in pitch blackness from the Pen-Y-Pass carpark, we could see isolated dots every so often in the distance heading up the path - a handful of other groups also heading up for sunrise.

A panorama taken from midway up Snowdon before sunrise. The sky is lightening, but the landscape is still dark.

Chris Natt ― 2019/12/01
1/80s at f/4, 26mm, ISO 1600, Fuji X-T20

Ed facing away from the camera just before sunrise. He’s got a bright backpack on.

Photo by Chris Natt.

Ed Horsford ― 2019/12/01
1/400s at f/2.5, 20mm, ISO 125, Nikon D850

The jagged face of snowdon before sunrise. The mountain has a light dusting of snow on the top.

1/40s at f/4, 36mm, ISO 640, Fuji X-T20

A sunrise photo taken from midway up Snowdon, facing the sun. There’s a still lake on the bottom, reflecting some of the sunrise.

1/250s at f/5.6, 36mm, ISO 200, Fuji X-T20

A panorama of the bowl of Snowdon taken just after sunrise. The right side of the mountain is bathed in orange sunlight, whilst the bowl and left are still in shadow.

1/150s at f/5.6, 15mm, ISO 200, Fuji X-T20

The peak of Ylliwedd seen in the distance in shadow.

Y Lliwedd ― 2019/12/01
1/640s at f/5.6, 36mm, ISO 200, Fuji X-T20

The summit of snowdon seen from just below. The summit is in shadow with a light dusting of snow.

1/500s at f/6.4, 53mm, ISO 200, Fuji X-T20

A ridge leads from the left to the right from Snowdon to the peak of Y Lliwedd.

Y Lliwedd ― 2019/12/01
1/7000s at f/2, 53mm, ISO 200, Fuji X-T20