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Deganwy Sunset #6

Sunset over the North Wales coast from Deganwy

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The atmosphere above the North Wales coast is a battlefield of conflicting air currents, which gives rise to some amazing and beautiful cloud displays.

The optimum time to see the sky at its best is during the hour either side of sunrise or sunset, when the low angled rays pick out the textures and colours of the swirling clouds high above.

Which is why you'll find me and my wife Liz sitting by the sea enjoying a coffee and watching the show from one of our many chosen spots.

A particularly good vantage point is the promenade at Deganwy, overlooking the river Conwy estuary as it empties into the Irish Sea, with those spectacular skies reflecting in the calm waters at the turn of the tide.

This evening the clouds were so dynamic and beautiful that I shot a time lapse sequence, Deganwy Sunset Timelapse 09, involving hundreds of still frames as the light slowly fled the scene.

This image is one of the early frames from my time lapse, which catches the light on the clouds at its most intense.

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Image data

Filename - deganwy sunset 06.jpg

Camera - Canon EOS 6D

Lens - 17-40mm zoom @ 17mm

Exposure - 1/320 sec @ f4, ISO100

Filters - 2 stop neutral density graduated filter used to balance the exposure between the sky and water.

Location - Deganwy, North Wales

Image enhancement - Adobe Lightroom

Comments - This image taken from hundreds shot to produce a time lapse video