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Dawn over fog shrouded hills, Clwydian Range, North Wales #1

Dawn over fog shrouded hills, Clwydian Range, North Wales

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Early November, and here in North Wales the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness is well under way.

Mind you, I'm not feeling particularly mellow after heaving myself and my camera kit up to the summit of Moel Famau, the highest peak in the Clwydian Range Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), in order to catch the sunrise far away to the southeast.

Stretching out below me, as far as the eye can see, is a billowing sea of fog, trapped under an early morning inversion layer covering the low lying land out to the river Dee estaury and beyond.

With the sky along the horizon glowing orange in the approaching dawn, and the swirling fog reflecting the cool blue tones of the twilight heavens, conditions were just perfect for a time lapse video shoot, so I wasted no time in setting up my camera and tripod to capture the hundreds of still images needed to create my Moel Famau Sunrise Timelapse #3 video.

It wasn't too long to wait before the bright rim of the rising sun breasted the horizon, shooting its golden beams over the undulating vapour before disappearing again behind a band of low cloud.

But I kept on filming and was rewarded as the sun rose above the clouds, lighting up the low lying mist with a bright glowing nimbus.

In the end I captured nearly an hour and a half of the sunrise before finally packing my gear away for the long climb back down from the summit of Moel Famau to my waiting car.

This still image was one of those taken in the early part of the shoot, just as the sun was approaching the horizon with those beautiful golden colours lighting up the sky.

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Filename - moel famau sunrise fog 01

Camera - Canon EOS 6DMK2 DSLR

Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 47mm

Exposure - 1/13 sec @ f/4, ISO100

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

Location - Clwydian Range, North Wales

Image enhancements - Adobe Lightroom

Comments - This image is one of hundreds captured to create my Moel Famau Sunrise Timelapse #3 video.