To mark my eBay listing of this print, I thought I’d do a related post (and hopefully encourage you to buy, buy, buy- don’t forget to check my other items too!). The Ogwen Valley is an outdoors-person’s paradise, there’s just so much to do (and photograph) here. I can’t claim to be anything more than lucky to be here to capture this image, a case of being at the right place at the right time. I mean, what are the chances of being at the perfect vantage point to photograph angel rays, just as they hit Llyn Ogwen?!
On this occasion we were on our way up to a wild camp, so had arrived in the late afternoon so as to head up and set up camp after most people had gone home (kind of wild camping etiquette), so that the sun was at a low angle as the clouds parted. A lot of what I think of as my best work comes this way, being out for longer, so that you catch the stillness that comes as evening progresses and the sun sets. (Not just the luck!) You do have to be prepared though, walking out in the gloaming isn’t always ideal, and it often makes sense to make it part of a camping trip like we did. So that means a fair amount of kit, and a good deal of skill at route picking etc..
Some of my favourite images by other photographers come from this time of day too: for example, Dave Newbould‘s got some great images of Snowdonia at dusk that used to adorn my walls at Uni. Others get better results in the morning (rarely me -I’m not much of a morning person), and occasionally it’ll come together for me, like at Llyn Cau. This time after a night out in the mountains, the day broke clear, but the photos ended up a little flat, (although Tryfan did look good!) and haven’t made it into this collection. Being out late and up early the following morning do have other benefits though, you can have a longer walk, and generally get to more mountains (always a plus in my book!). Some might say it’s the only way to do the Carneddau, it’s one of those mountain ranges where it’s either a bit of a long walk-in or scaling a ridiculously steep hillside to reach the tops -once you’re up there it’s not too bad, one summit kind of leads to another, so an early start can be ideal. On the down side, carrying camping gear in the mountains, however lightweight, does leave you completely worn out, and you often arrive back at the car in bits!
Best printed at a multiple of 6″x4″.
All images © Stephen Tyrrell, Mountains, Wild Places & Water, 2013. All rights reserved.