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Conwy Estuary Night #1

Marker buoy in the Conwy estuary at night at low tide on the North Wales coast

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Early autumn on the North Wales coast and there's a hint of coolness to the sea air as my wife Liz and I sit watching the light fade as the tide goes out from the Conwy estuary at Deganwy.

A stillness falls over the coast, puncutated only by the mournful cry of a solitary seagull as night draws its blanket over the waters.

In the distance the red beacon of a nagivation buoy shines defiantly as a single point of light against the darkness, a mere pinprick in the surrounding gloom.

Time for just a couple more photos then, before heading home to the warmth and light of our insulated lives.

A long lens compresses the scene, adding a touch of mystery as the landscape is reduced to the barest of elements and colours while a long exposure smooths most of the texture from the ebbing tide.

A beautiful and somewhat melancholy rendition of a scene that's usually seen under very different circumstances.

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Image data

Filename - conwy estuary night 01

Lens - 100-400mm zoom @ 250mm

Exposure - 30 secs @ f11, ISO100

Filters - None.

Location - Conwy estuary at Deganwy, North Wales coast

Conversion - Adobe Lightroom

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