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Rhyl Panorama #1

Panoramic view of Rhyl harbour at low tide under stormy skies

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It's a constant source of wonder to me how the same scene can look completely different under different lighting conditions.

Take this panoramic collage of the harbour at Rhyl on the North Wales coast for instance.

Under 'normal' daylight, or under grey, cloudy skies this view can be most unappealing (sorry Rhyl!), but on this particular evening in July the mudflats, concrete walls and road bridge were bathed in the most amazing storm lighting as the sun found a gap in the clouds close to the western horizon.

The dazzling sunset light grazing the harbour was set against the dark, threatening storm clouds overhead, creating a most dramatic lighting effect which transformed the view from the mundane to the spectacular.

These conditions only lasted a couple of minutes before the sun disappeared behind the clouds again, turning everything a muddy grey, but I'm so glad I was on hand with my camera to see and record such fleeting beauty.

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Filename - rhyl panorama 01

Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 24mm

Exposure - 1/125 sec @ f8, ISO100

Filters - 2 stop neutral density graduated filter used to reduce the brightness of the sky relative to the landscape.

Location - Rhyl Harbour, North Wales

Image enhancements - Adobe Lightroom

Comments - Panoramic collage created from a series of overlapping frames taken using a tripod, remote release and mirror lockup to prevent camera movement with long exposures.