Setting up the camera and tripod at 4.30am and being eaten alive by midges is part of the ‘fun’ of landscape photography, and yet we do it again and again. The image is all, it takes effort and discomfort but we remain obsessive in our quest. Many people, including other photographers who aren’t landscapers, often think we are a bit odd. What drives someone to haul heavy and expensive photographic gear up hills or wait around in often freezing early morning light for the optimum moment to make an image? The only coherent answer I could give for myself is that I am searching for a better image than the last I took. It frequently doesn’t work out that way, but on those occasions when it does, the unattainable ideal is suddenly a little closer and that drives us on to the next project. Llynnau Mymbyr is an interesting subject, early light and mist quickly burning-off from the lake in one direction or the distant Snowdon Horseshoe in the other. On mornings like this, it’s a peaceful place as long as you remember to take the midge repellent!
Fuji GX617, 90mm lens, Fuji Velvia 50asa.