Gale Force Wildcamp
Day 1 - Moonlight over the Lake
The walk to the stream was easy, but the ascent was hard given the weight I was carrying. It was
slightly breezy and a bit chilly, but fairly pleasant on the whole.
It was fully dark by the time I reached the north end of the lake, but the half moon provided
ample illumination There was only a gentle breeze and the scene was both serene and surreal as the moonlight
reflected across the water It was a wonderful moment, one of those rare times when nature forces you to stop and
look at it in awe.
Moonlight over Llyn y Fan Fawr
At first I didn't bother taking the camera out because I knew I couldn't photograph it handheld
and I didn't want to stop before reaching camp. But then I changed my mind and attempted it, using my two trekking
poles to brace the camera. I tried a 15 second exposure at ISO 400. To my surprise it came out pretty good, blurry
of course, but only slightly. Then I tried a 1 second exposure at ISO 1600. It came out surprisingly well, but
horribly grainy. In spite of the grain though, it captured the scene well.
Moonlight over Llyn y Fan Fawr, with clouds
Then I realised it was worth spending more time over so I took off my rucksack and set up the
tripod to take some more shots before moving on to set up camp. The tripod gave a much better quality image, but
then the moving clouds were blurred, as was the reflection on the lake. A better quality photo, but not such an
accurate representation of what the scene actually looked like to the eye.
Only after moving on did I realise that I didn't use my DSLR! Since I'd started off using my G9
to take snaps, I actually forgot about my 400D! "Not to worry" I thought, "there'll be plenty more opportunity to
take more shots like that over the next few days".
How wrong I was! That evening was my best opportunity for photographs. If only I'd realised I'd
have wandered back and taken more serious photos, but I was so shattered after hauling all that weight up there
that I couldn't be bothered.
It had taken me an hour and a half to reach the camp site by the lake. There was a breeze
blowing from the northwest, so I pitched my tunnel tent (Nallo 2) facing southwest, which was ideal for the view
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