I met up with a few Loonies from TalkPhotography for our first photography meet of 2016.  The plan was to do a sunrise shoot at Llangorse Lake, followed by a lazy lunch, and then Pen Y Fan for sunset; a long day of photography.

 

Luckily at this time of year sunrise isn’t too early, however this still meant getting up at 4 am so that I could get my gear together and to make up my flask (of tea!) and soup.  Out the door just after 5am for a 1.5 hour drive to Llangorse Lake.  The roads were empty and no ice until the last mile or two, no totalling the car though 🙂  As sunrise came up I was treated to the below scenes.

Before Sunrise at Llangorse Lake

Before Sunrise at Llangorse Lake

Clouds lit up by the rising sun

Clouds lit up by the rising sun

Llangorse Lake bathed in the sunrise

Llangorse Lake bathed in the sunrise

After Llangorse Lake we went on the look for paragliders, however we ended up at the Big Pit Mining Museum for a hot drink and a war council to plan the rest of the day.  We had a quick jaunt to Pontsticill Reservoir, however the light wasn’t quite right and we didn’t take much in the way of images.

We headed to the Storey Arms car park at Pen Y Fan next to meet up with another of our group.  What should have taken 10-15 minutes took almost 3 times that as everybody and their dog was out sledding, and there was an event doing the Fan Dance that day too so as you can imagine getting a parking space was a bit on the tricky side!  I was lucky and managed to get into the Storey Arms car park and abandoned my car (without blocking anybody else in).  After a quick bacon roll we headed on our way.  We had decided that it was an idea to go up  Fan Frynych to take photos of Pen Y Fan during sunset.

It took a while as we were knee deep in snow at some points, but we got there in the end.  Unfortunately, the clouds had beat us up there.  There was also a cloud sitting right over the summit of Pen Y Fan so we couldn’t see it anyway!  The hope was that the sunset light would light up Pen Y Fan much like in the image above.  The cloud broke a few times to tease us with what could have been.

Hiked up a mountain for sunset and the clouds rolled in

Hiked up a mountain for sunset and the clouds rolled in

The Clouds broke to show what a great sunset we could have photographed

The Clouds broke to show what a great sunset we could have photographed

 

Maybe next meet we’ll have more luck!