Sunset at Llandanwg

Regular readers will know that I’ve been using Harlech as a base for the last week to get into the southern part of the Snowdonia National Park. I’ve been using the time to experiment with my new camera the Olympus OM-D E-M1.

The whole time we have been there the weather has been exceptional, with hot sun, blue skies, some intermittent cloud and fantastic sunsets at night. So I’ve not only been out during the day, sunset has found me on some deserted beach waiting for the sun to create it’s magic once more.

Sunset over the Llyn Peninsula

But of course for a decent sunset you need some cloud and each night these wispy clouds would form….perfect.

During the day Harlech beach is great beach for anyone who wants to sunbathe or paddle. Long, flat and sandy with some really high sand dunes that you can get a bit of privacy in. But it’s a long walk to the beach from the car park and in my opinion Harlech is not that great for sunsets, mainly because there’s no foreground interest. Sure you can go up in the sand dunes and use them; in the late evening the sand flies and midgies will love you for that. So my preferred beach is Llandanwg, just off the coastal road between Llanbedr and Harlech.

Sunset at Llandanwg Beach

Unlike Harlech Beach, which has fine yellow sand, Llandanwg sand is more granular, almost like finely ground gravel, which as you can see, adds texture to the photograph. As the tide goes out the rocks on the beach become exposed, giving you some foreground interest and seaweed left behind by the receding tide completes the scene as the sun sets over the Llyn Peninsula.


4 thoughts on “Sunset at Llandanwg

  1. pixels4u2013 June 19, 2014 / 4:48 pm

    Very well done Mike. We atayed in Llanbedr 2 weeks ago, but no sunsets to photograph then. Terrific images, the OM is certainly earning its crust.


  2. Mike Hardisty June 19, 2014 / 6:01 pm

    I must admit I’ve noticed the difference between the Olympus and the Pentax, Richard. I love the Harlech area, usually drag the caravan there at least twice during the year and it makes a great base for the southern part of the National Park


  3. Dylan Jones June 30, 2014 / 7:40 pm

    Beautiful photos of a magic place.


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