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Church Bay Dusk #4

Rock on the beach at dusk at Church Bay, Anglesey, North Wales

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The story behind this image

Early spring on the North Wales coast, and on the beach at the west facing Church Bay on the beautiful Isle of Anglesey the sun has just set over the Irish Sea, setting the horizon ablaze with warm orange light.

In contrast the wet sand of the beach, already in shadow, is reflecting the cool blue tones of twilight as the sky above imperceptibly inches towards night.

The incoming tide is rapidly approaching one of the rocks that puncutate this stretch of sand, perched in a reflective pool of its own making and surrounded by the patterns of water runoff left behind before the tide turned just a few minutes previously.

Time for a photo then, with a long exposure to render the approaching wavelets into a misty blur, a constrast of movement and stillness that somehow mirrors the changing light in the heavens above.

Just a few minutes later and this scene has gone forever, submerged beneath the waves as the tide makes its inexorable progress landwards once more.

I love photographing the coast of Anglesey, it's like an old friend, never changing, but never the same twice, as light, tide and weather play out their temporal dance against the timeless shore.

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Image data

Filename - church bay dusk 04.jpg

Camera - Canon 6D

Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 32mm

Exposure - 15 secs, f8, ISO100

Filters - 2 stop neutral density graduated filter used to balance brightness levels across the frame.

Location - Church Bay, Anglesey

This image - 800x533px JPEG

Processing - Adobe Lightroom CC

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