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Snowdon, at 1080m, is the highest mountain in the British Isles outside of Scotland. Snowdon is to the right of the image and opposite on the left is Garnedd Ugain, a peak just 20m lower than Snowdon itself. Below are the lakes Glaslyn and Lynn Lydaw with the impressive Lliwedd ridge in the distance which we had walked the day before. The ridge in front and to the left form a horseshoe which provides not only excellent photographic opportunities but also an outstanding mountain route. Our camp location can be seen just beneath Y Lliwedd

In 2004, when I was 16, my Dad took my brother and me up our first mountains; first Cadair Idris and then Snowdon. I had recently bought my first camera, a 2MP Canon A40, which came along for the ride. Although the images were snapshots one photo has stayed with me since, a view quite similar to this looking down over Glaslyn and Lynn Lydaw and across to Snowdon and Y Lliwedd. My photography has progressed since then and for a long time it has been in the back of my mind to return to Snowdon in the winter to photograph the sunrise over the Snowdon Horseshoe.

We got up at 5am to force ourselves out of our warm sleeping bags and into the cold. Fortunately the wind had all but vanished and once we were moving we were warm enough. After packing up we headed off in the dark to the summit of Snowdon, an easyish 200m climb from where we had slept. We were on the summit an hour before sunrise and whilst Guy stayed to take his photos from the top I descended slightly to the saddle between Snowdon and Garnedd Ugain from where I had taken the first image 9 years previously. A gap on the horizon in the direction of sunrise was a clear indication that I was going to get some brief but wonderful light. I spent the next 20 minutes trying to arrange my composition, setting up my camera and making sure everything was perfect. When the light came I went through a methodical process of shooting the panorama over and over to ensure I had captured the best light. Once I was satisfied I ran down the slope to a different composition but the light had gone. As we walked off Snowdon back to the car the clouds came in again bringing the weather full circle. In all we only had 20 minutes of sunlight in Snowdonia, but it came at just the right time!
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crocach Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014
Your photos are amazing!
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giancoli Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
how do you get that kind of sun flare? Beautiful image overall.
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RedNosE2 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing!
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riecemcfly Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
AMAZING
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DacsMayn Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013
Featured :aww:  TEMPO


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fotoheini Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Student Photographer
amazing...like the Angle, Light and colors...
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pausenlos Featured By Owner May 11, 2013
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WOOOOW!
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thefailmaster Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
breathtaking, don't mind if I use this as my wallpaper do you?
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Alex37 Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
knock yourself out :)
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Arrhakis Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic !
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jashjacob Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I really couldn't help but use this as a background image Castle of Glass
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azammehdi Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
Just wanted to say GREAT WORK! Honestly... it's unbelievable!
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Please check out our site, we are really working hard to this work and we’d love to have your talent on display!
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I just want to say that your Terms and Conditions are an absolute disgrace and insult. I absolutely will not be entering your rights grab competition.
"you grant Talentcall a perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive, fully-transferable, fully- sublicensable (through multiple tiers), royalty-free, worldwide license to use, copy, modify, adapt, translate, publicly perform, digitally perform, publicly display, reproduce, and distribute such Content (in whole or in part) or prepare derivative works of such Content, for any purposes relating to our or our affiliates business or the Website, including, without limitation, operating and using the website, promoting the Website, Talentcall and Talentcall’s products, contests and services, and promoting our sponsors and their products and services. We reserve the right to display advertisements in connection with your Content and to use your Content for advertising and promotional purposes. You acknowledge and agree that your Content may be included on the websites and advertising networks of our distribution partners and third-party service providers (including their downstream users);"
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azammehdi Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
Hello Alex!

I completely understand your point and sympathize with you. Honestly, our intent is NOT to transfer rights so that we can make money directly by using anyone's submission. However, for marketing, social media, etc.... we do send out messages and show off art that is hosted on our site - User Submissions. It is used as a marketing tool, NOT for us to make money.

I wish there were a better way to convey this. The legal language - as you pointed out - makes us seem as if we're trying to steal ownership. We aren't!

Do you have a Terms & Conditions that you like? Or that you feel is more transparent as to our purposes, as I mentioned above.

I got into this to provide artists with an avenue to make money and gain recognition. NOT to take their material and maliciously make money off of it. But at the same time, we need to be covered in the event that we do use someone's submission for marketing or other purposes. You can see our facebook [link] - you will see how we use User submissions.

Again, my goal is to make this a WIN for talented people. If you have any T&C that you have read that you like, please share. I WOULD LOVE to make this more appealing to people like you, who value their work.

Please do keep in touch. I'd love to run future T&C's by you, if that's OK.
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
It's pretty simple to create terms and conditions that would allow you to use images for the purposes of promoting your own business. You can literally write something like:
"You grant Talentcall a perpetual, non-exclusive license to use your work in association with and in promotion of future competitions from Talentcall" of something along those lines.

As it stands people are literally giving away everything except exclusivity. You could literally harvest peoples images and sell them onto a third party. I guess those terms just covers you for absolutely every eventuality. I appreciate that you are being polite but really you should know better. If you are running a competition like this and you want to do it responsibly (and professionally!) then you should be able to stand behind your T&Cs. Your T&Cs are currently amongst the worst I have ever seen. The only way you could make them worse is if you added exclusivity to the list!

This: [link] is a classic example of good T&Cs as far as I am concerned because it is specific about what images can be used for.

"16) By entering the competition, you grant Take a view and its sponsors and supporters a non-exclusive, irrevocable licence to reproduce, enlarge, publish or exhibit, on any media, the images for any purpose connected with the competition. This may include, but is not limited to:
a) inclusion in the Take a view book – print & digital versions;
b) display at any exhibitions;
c) on a secure web browser for judging purposes;
d) on the Take a view website and on the websites of sponsors and supporters;
e) for use in press releases to be distributed to national, regional & specialist press giving information about or promoting the competition."
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azammehdi Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013
Thanks again!
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Karinta Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Student General Artist
Snowdon is truly snowy! :la:
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:nod:
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DarkAssassin069 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
Beautiful image Alex!!
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks a lot
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FunNavigator Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
masterpiece
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Meowgli Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013   Photographer
wow, superb image!
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gokhanproject Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Wonderful Nature image good shot.
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mangasockattack Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gorgeous~!
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alexandre-deschaumes Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Professional Photographer
very good
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BrightStar2 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
amazing capture the light was not only perfect it was brought this place to life.....
and it shows what it take to capture the perfect shot like this, a lot of pain staking weathers,
and dedication....well done.....truely beautiful
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks a lot. This time around we were super lucky because the light came at the perfect time!
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BrightStar2 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
:):rose:
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VikkiFox Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional General Artist
this is breathtaking and spectacular! I would love to have this hanging up on my wall somewhere. There are no words to describe the stunning beauty of what you have captured in this photo. Amazing work!
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks a lot
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freshberries Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Featured: [link] :) Thanks for sharing!
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augenweide Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
your beautiful work is featured in my new journal...[link]
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aFeinPhoto-com Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Professional Photographer
This one gets a BOOM! Sick.

aF
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Jsvn Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
Beautiful! Thanks for giving the background and story, it's so interesting and useful to learners to hear about all the effort and planning and time that went into the shot.
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
No problem, thanks for commenting
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delph-ambi Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
Fabulous.
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danUK86 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013   General Artist
Stunning work as ever Alex :nod: fantastic capture
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks Dan
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danUK86 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013   General Artist
:nod:
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AmyEllend Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Woooow what a wondeful shot ! =O
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tonystardreamer Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well that looks frigid.


I wonder why? lol
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NinjaNeko52-4 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Student General Artist
Wow!! Amazing shot!!
Question- do u you use piccasa or photoshop (or any editing)?
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Photoshop. I use editing to make my photos more realistic mostly, but I also add a small amount of saturation
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NinjaNeko52-4 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Student General Artist
Okay, yeah that makes sense, I used to do that to my shots as well when I had photoshop.
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cinamonne Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic capture! I love it!
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you
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greta03 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing...
Colors .. the landscape.. Love it.:)
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my-shots Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
:thumbsup:
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metoikos Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
Beautifully done.
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