Landscapes: Snowdonia in January with the Nikon V2 and Olympus PEN Mini


A couple of weeks ago, I was mad enough to visit Snowdonia in January. After the trip had already been cancelled due to the blanket of snow covering the whole country, determined to make it up North, we pushed on ahead a week later.

A mere seven hours in the car later…. yep…. we arrived at our destination. Then promptly got lost up a random track in the middle of nowhere. It was 2am, there were no street lights or houses for miles, but even then I could tell the view was going to epic in the daylight hours.

Waking up a few hours later and looking out of the window of the luxury (ahem) bunkhouse we’d made our lodgings in, and I wasn’t wrong – it was beautiful out there. The crazies I was sharing my room with all wanted to trek up Snowdon itself, but me being unprepared for such adventures, I decided to don my wellies and stick to the local area and go on one of my photography walks.

I’m usually at my happiest when I’ve got some excellent (read: bad boyband pop music) music to listen to, nobody else around and a camera in my hand. I’m usually restricted to local landmarks such as Bute Park and Cardiff Castle, which although undeniably beautiful, is beaten somewhat by the views around Snowdonia… it is a national park after all.

So, I wandered around for a couple of hours and took these shots. I expected to be out for a lot longer and wander even further, but as it turns out, trying to make your way up a big mountain when it’s been snowing a lot is a bad idea, so they all came back and we went to the pub to play Risk and Articulate.

It had started to rain anyway, so I gave up on my photography. Luckily, the rain melted the snow and we made it back to Cardiff in about four hours.

I want to go again, this time with actual hiking boots, and make it to the mountain. I bet the pictures would be even better. It’s also helped me to tick off one of the many many goals on my “life list” (I’ll probably do a blogpost on this topic eventually). I want to visit every national park in Britain – this has taken me to the grand total of two (Peak District and Snowdonia)… many more to explore …. and hopefully many more photos and bad boyband songs to listen to.

I shot these photos with the Nikon V2 and the Olympus PEN Mini E-PM2. Both had their pluses and minuses, mainly being that they’re nice and light. I won’t bore you with an epic review of the cameras here – you can read that in the links provided. I experimented a fair bit with different filters and settings etc, as you’ll see. Although it wasn’t actually raining when I took the photos, the sky was a bit grey, so I think the monochrome shots help to lift some of them.

The first half of the set – up to the shot of the road (that’s on the way back…) are taken with the V2, the second half is the PEN.

As always, any comments, thoughts, suggestions or otherwise are gladly received in the box below.

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