August 16, 2016.
When we were planning our trip to Wales, we decided we wanted to explore Snowdonia National Park. Our hardest hike of the week was going to be Mt. Snowden. For us, the path that made the most sense was the Llanberis Pass, at nine miles, it was the longest way up and back, but is the least technical of the six main paths up the mountain. We would be climbing 3,199 feet and the Llanberis path had the most gradual ascent of our choices. This is what awaited us at the top:
Technically, this is a panorama. It is two photos stitched together. The originals were incredibly hazy, but after I had created the panorama in Photoshop. I used Lightroom’s “dehaze” sider to make it clearer. I also used the clarity slider and sharpened the image a bit. I didn’t take the haze out completely though because I knew I had a clearer image.
I also had hiked with my iPhone and I created this panorama:
It’s clearer, and certainly the sky is bluer, but to me the first photo more closely represents what this hike meant to me. We had designed our trip around this hike. It was what we scheduled ourselves for the first day in case we had to delay or reattempt it another day later in the week. It was the hardest hike I’ve done in awhile. So getting to the top was more about the serenity and silence of the first image than the community that is represented in the second. The haze and lack of people in the first image to me look more like a postcard or an image you might print and put on your wall.
Do you plan your holidays around a single activity or goal? Do you bring back a photo from your holidays that represent the trip? Do you sometimes go with out a camera on purpose? How do you feel about my two images, they do represent two different things don’t you think? Feel free to leave a comment below.
This summer has been a busy one. I’ve missed out on several weeks of blogging due to a move. But this past week week, I missed out because I was on holiday. I was in Wales for the week. I don’t know about you, but when I think of Wales, I don’t usually think of sun soaked images like this one:
It’s a rare day when lens flare is visible in a photograph from this part of the world. This particular hike led us to Dinas Emrys, the legendary birthplace of the red dragon seen on the Welsh flag. I had my Canon 50D and my iPhone with me. I shot this panorama on the iPhone and then took a bunch of photos with my bigger camera. As with most times I go on holiday, there are a lot of photos to edit now that I am home. For this photo though, not much was needed. I did end up cropping it a bit and sharpening it. Other than that, I let it be, including the bit of lens flare that you can see in the top center of the photo. I left that in as a visual reminder of the intensity of the sun in that moment.
Have you ever done that with your editing, purposefully left something in that is considered an imperfection? Do you also bring home a lot of photos to edit? I will be busy for a while! Feel free to leave a comment below.
I also posted this photo to my Flickr account, if you would like to see a larger version.