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Snowdon Marathon Commission Work

The Snowdon marathon organisers approached me in June 2008 after I had supplied them with 15 of my images for a separate project they were undertaking at the time. The brief was quite straightforward.

Would I take images of Snowdonia and the surrounding area, so that they could be presented as prizes to the competing runners? They would need at least eight different images. Two extra large canvases, one each for the male and female winners. And six large canvases for the top three placings of the men and women. Plus twenty medium size canvases for other category winners and runners-up. And to top it all off, eight large framed prints for the dignitaries.

The marathon itself would take place on October 25th, so in theory I had nearly four months to get the shots. I say ďIn TheoryĒ as it never turned out that way. I was committed to go to Australia in late June for five weeks work, and would not be home till early August, but this still left me with about two and a bit months. Wrong! August as you all know was a complete washout, we had rain just about every day, and early September was not much better. So with a 10-day holiday in Hong Kong booked for the 10th I was rapidly running out of time.

On returning from the Far East the weather had settled down somewhat, so on September 22nd I left home for Snowdonia on a beautiful sunny afternoon, but by the time I got to Beddgelert the heavens had opened, and I returned home without a single shot. This would happen three more times in the couple of weeks I had left. This is one of the problems we have here on Llyn, our weather pattern is quite different to the rest of north Wales, so when itís nice here, the rest of the country could very well be awful, and vice versa of course!

Next day on the 23rd things were quite different, and by the end of the day I had one image at least, which I thought, was of a high enough standard. It was a daylight image taken at Llyn Gwynant (Wy-010). My next two trips turned out very well, I captured a few good shots, some at Llyn Gwynant, all were taken after sundown, and I was well pleased with the results. I love this light on water thing and all these shots were in that category. (Wy-011, Wy-012 and Wy-14)

By this time and with about a week left I headed for Llanberis and Llyn Padarn, here I shot an image that would be one of the main prizes (Wy-030). It was a beautiful afternoon, and I used 70 - 200 zoom without a filter, looking south across the lake for a detailed shot of Snowdon. The light was quite amazing, and the trees surrounding the lake had turned a golden colour in the late afternoon light. On this particular day I was accompanied by Alun Hughes a camera operator / producer, working on a documentary about the marathon for S4C.

On my last outing to Snowdonia and again accompanied by Alun, I decided to return to Llyn Gwynant, even though I had been there on two other occasions. The reasoning behind this was quite simple. To me this is one of the most beautiful parts of Snowdonia, and itís easy to get to from Llyn. Plus if the light was poor or not right I could quite easily jump in the car, and be at a different location within minutes. On this particular day the light was just about perfect, and after the sun had gone down, the sky turned a beautiful pink for about five minuets (Wy-027). And here I got the womenís first prize shot (Wy-026), one of my personal favourites.

As it turned out I got a lot more than the eight shots that was needed, and I'm quite happy with the results.

Many thanks to Mrs Jayne Lloyd of the Snowdonia Marathon for entrusting me with this project.

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