So after a few locations had been considered we decided to jump right in and head out to Wales for a trip to the Lakes of Bala and Vyrnwy. Having seen a few pictures online of Vyrnwy i decided it is a must see location. The plan of action for the entire day was to spend the morning and early afternoon around Bala Lake, taking photos and running a time lapse, followed by early evening and night around Lake Vyrnwy for time lapse and night sky photography, as there is not much light pollution in the surrounding area making it a prime location for sky photography. Assuming the sky is clear.
After looking for a parking space we found ourselves at Llangower station and car park with a fantastic view overlooking Bala Lake. The car park usually has a pay and display machine, but was out of order on the day we arrived. So after setting up camp with the cameras we found a jetty which looked like a fantastic idea to take photos from.
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A worthwhile visit would be the small town of Bala, which is essentially a high street with numerous different shops and restaurants on it. Free parking along the main road for an hour if your just popping by to grab food and such. We stopped off at a chip shop names Y Badell Aur restaurant, which had some fantastic fish and chips! I would recommend taking the opportunity of grabbing food from here if in the area!
Making our way from Bala to Lake Vyrnwy we found ourselves, coming across numerous lay-by and picnic areas to stop and admire the view. So we happily obliged! On a few occasions we found ourselves walking right down to the lake through the trees just to get that view for the photos. We spend around 3/4 hours just visiting different locations around the lake with another nice time-lapse taken from one of the picnic spots. Once the night started to close in we found a nice place to get some food and have a rest before the long journey back home which was at the Lake Vyrnwy hotel and spa, situated in the most ideal place for photos and views of the lake. Anyone who would be lucky enough to get a room with the balcony view of the lake would be amazed at the views. Also it looks like a great place to have a wedding!
Check out the photos, the Lake Vyrnwy ones were so much fun to shoot!
In the end, we was let down by the weather when it came to taking pictures of the stars with no light pollution, but we was not let down by every other part of the trip. We absolutely loved it and would happily do it all again!
Here is the time-lapse video from the trip. I hope you enjoy!