Snowdon summit inversion 1970s

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Comments (13)

David Brown Photogra… on July 26, 2007

Thank you very much. What a pity we had to wait a further 25 years for digital photography to come along. It would have been so much better !

ingawh on November 14, 2007

Excellent photo! I also enjoyed your panoramas and your English Pub series very much. Inga

David Brown Photogra… on January 8, 2008

Thank you Inga, it is such an age ago now when cloud inversions were as rare as gems and we had film in our cameras. Were those the days?

Who knows.

ingawh on January 8, 2008

There you are! I'm so glad you answered, because it took me back to look at your photo again. It really is wonderful.

And I love your philosophical challenge, so here goes: I am too easily nostalgic, so I try not to pine for the past, but strive to make the future a better place for us all. Naive? Yes - guilty. But not a pessimist. (Nor in denial.) Empathy is the most beautiful expression of the divine, and when photographers, artists, poets and philosophers facilitate empathy, the world can change – including the world of the soul/spirit/whatever-you-call-it, which is where all action and redemption gets its start. Your lovely and thought-provoking photo goes beyond the debate over digital vs. film because the whole composition is so perfect. At first, one may not even register the human forms, dwarfed by the majesty and immensity of nature. Suddenly you focus on them, and they are part of nature, included by the colors, blending into the mountain and the clouds – inextricable. Maybe even a little vulnerable. The photo is aesthetically beautiful for its own sake, and if that’s all one sees, that too is a gift. However, on a deep, perhaps unconscious level, the rest of the message is available and gently offered, wrapped in gorgeous color and light.

Let me know if you had a different intention or completely different take on it – I’d be very interested! But anyway, that’s what it gives to me.

(That said – I do sometime miss the richness of film! Se la vie! And the inversion effect you mentioned – is that a climate change issue?)

Sorry for the essay, but you are an artist, and the photo is a gem.

Best wishes,


antares888 on July 12, 2008

Hi @jethrohoyt,

i like this photo because of position, open horizont and the deep (fat?) colors! Its seem like "let us have a break, sit down and eat something".

bg antares

mejamjar on August 23, 2008

Wow, out of this world.

David Brown Photogra… on August 25, 2008

Out of this world whilst in the world. If you look at Snowdon photos, many are inversions. Oh to be back there with a digital camera! Although slide film was fun at the time.

Thanks for your visit and I see your collection is growing nicely. Keep up the good work.

Greetings from North Carolina.

rhyso on March 18, 2009

superb, da iawn!

gixxergirl on March 20, 2010

great shot! what a place for a picnic. hi from cheshire. gix ys

David Brown Photogra… on March 20, 2010

Thank you very much Gix it was a great place (still is, I imagine).


This is a much visited picture and I am honored.

Greetings to Cheshire from North Carolina.

Jim Mills on April 21, 2010

Yes I see the similarity with my Corsica (Cinto) photo Jethro. I've also had problems scanning dark slides. Sometimes the scanning lines are so pronounced it spoils the photo. You're lucky with this one, they barely show.

Reading Inga's comment above, I see that I have a Philosophical rival!

Regards. jim

Patty Arsenault on July 5, 2010

Jethrohoyt, incredible photo! Very nicely done! I love the whole composition and colouring. Cheers from Ontario, Canada, Patty

David Brown Photogra… on July 5, 2010

Thank you Apolapo it does look alike a full moon. It was taken in the days of film and the filter helped that effect!

Many thanks Patty I got lucky this time (I was lucky I found it and scanned it).

Cheers y'all from Purgatory - Jethro

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