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Dusk at Church Bay, Anglesey, North Wales #1

Dusk at Church Bay, Anglesey, North Wales

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The west coast of Anglesey, North Wales, facing the Irish Sea, is a wonderland of craggy cliffs, secluded beaches and lively weather.

All of which combine to make this a great place to watch a sunset from, which is just what my wife Liz and I decided to do after checking the weather forecast on a free evening in early May 2021.

With so many beautiful and dramatic coastal locations to choose from, we decided to head to one of our favourites, Church Bay (or Porth Swtan).

Church Bay is blessed with a pristine beach, enclosed by high, honey coloured cliffs which glow in the light of the setting sun, together with rugged rock formations punctuating the golden sands.

It was high tide at sunset on this particular evening, so there was no beach to look at, but those superb rock formations, surrounded by sea, made for a great foreground against which I could set the glowing colours of the lightly clouded sky as the sun sank slowly towards the far horizon.

The light show in the heavens above persisted long after the sun had actually set, so I was standing watching and filming on the cliff top overlooking Church Bay for around an hour or so while Liz was busy knitting and taking a rather nice series of photos on her phone.

Finally, with almost all the twilight colour bleached from the sky and the stars starting to appear between the clouds, it was almost time to pack the camera away and start the drive back home.

But i couldn't resist this one last shot, using a slow shutter speed to blur the wave movement to a milky smoothness.

How blessed we are to live in such a country!

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Filename - anglesey church bay twilight 01

Camera - Canon EOS 6DMK2

Lens - 17-40mm zoom @ 17mm

Exposure - 8 secs @ f/11, ISO100

Filters - 2/3 stop neutral density reverse graduated filter used to reduce the brightness of the sky near the horizon.

Location - Church Bay, Anglesey, North Wales

Image enhancements - Adobe Lightroom

Comments - Tripod, mirror lockup and remote release used to prevent camera movement.