Capel Tiberias, Cwmorthin, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Wales by Matt Holland

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We were midway through our weeklong trip called “SnowdoniaTogFest” and was in its second year. Similar to the year before we had rain, winds and plenty of cloud cover which scuppered a lot of our opportunities. However, the one key difference was the lack of storms bringing strong winds which meant much of the Snowdonia National Park had its untouched Autumn cover.

Against the slate quarries and dramatic cover of cloud over the mountains with the bright orange trees had us ecstatic with joy. The pop of orange against the wet slate just made every photograph we took, ignoring the fact it was raining and it was mid-November and freezing cold.

Rather than stick to the North of the park we ventured further South to explore the numerous quarries. Our location was Cwmorthin which is hidden above Blaenau Ffestiniog, which happens to be outside of the Snowdonia National Park.
The valley in which the quarry is hidden in acted as a channel for all the rain and wind to direct it towards us.
Trudging along the slate road to the back of the quarry we were left with a miserable view back at the abandoned church and slate fence.

This was not meant to be a day of photography but a day of staying inside, hiding from the cold, wind and rain with a pizza and drink. However, we persisted on in hope of something.

Stood dripping wet in the rain with the cameras hidden under covers it was a case of act fast and clean the front elements when we got the chance too. With the lack of light, the photo is formed using a HDR process, stacking 5 exposures together to catch the best of the light in the clouds, in the grass and against the slate fences.

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