I am an avid tree photographer and especially have a soft spot for lone trees. I also love sky, mountains and water, so this lone tree inspired me, becoming a must-have shot as it comes with the most fantastic background. I visited Llanberis, a village at the foot of Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales, at the beginning of the year, as I knew the tree would be baron and had a very good chance of the lake being still, which would provide me with an ideal mirror for the Glyderau and Snowdon beyond. However, in the preceding days the weather had been atrocious and there had been snowfall on the mountain, heavy rainfall and flooding. I was aware that the water level in Lake Llyn Padarn had risen so I wasn’t sure how accessible this spot was going to be as I had arrived at my accommodation late at night in darkness. Nevertheless, I was on a mission and had that undeterred drive in me to do whatever it took to get my one special shot.I was shattered from my journey; but set my alarm, determined to get to my location on the west side of the lake in good time. It was a bitterly cold morning and on my hike in darkness to the lake edge I could no longer feel my nose, I could see my breath hanging in the air and my fingers were cold and numb. I could not see or make out anything in front of me, which made it difficult to find my subject, the Lone Tree. Standing on the edge of Lake Llyn Padarn, in water, there was an eerie silence for what seemed like an eternity as time seemed to stand still.As dawn broke on that winter’s morning, something extraordinary was happening across Lake Llyn Padarn, I was celebrating the astonishingly beautiful sunrise and stillness of that morning. I felt blessed to capture the moment.I took several shots, deciding I liked the tree to the left of my shot, and then for about 5 minutes the mist started rolling over the lake and the lake became calm as it started presenting to me, much like a gift, the stunning reflections that you can see in this image.
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM, Lee Filter 0.9 Soft, Monfretto 190 TridodAperture Priority Mode, 39mm, f/16, ISO 100, 20th secs
08:53 18, January 2020