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Alwen Reservoir Timelapse #1

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The story behind this video

This is actually my second attempt to capture a time lapse of the sunset at the stunningly beautiful Alwen Reservoir in North Wales.

The first attempt ended in tears as a bank of cloud rolled in and covered the sun at the crucial moment, but I knew I had to quickly return and try again while the sun was still setting up the length of the reservoir to the northwest.

So the next available opportunity, with a favourable weather forecast, my wife Liz and I set off after work for an evening by the lake.

The reservoir has a dam at the southern end which makes a great photographic subject in its own right, but also acts as a very stable platform (I'd be worried if it didn't!) for filming up the length of the water.

Alwen is bounded on both sides by tree covered hills which form a lovely 'V' shape into which the sun was starting to set as we arrived and started filming.

As the sunset progressed the light just got more and more beautiful, with a pronounced orange sky glow that lingered long after the sun had slipped below the horizon.

Miles from anywhere, all we could hear as night fell was the gentle lapping of the wavelets against the dam and the call of birdsong from the trees surrounding the banks of the reservoir.

What a place, and no doubt I'll be back to maybe try some star photography or catch a meteor or two this summer.

Video data

Filename - alwen reservoir timelapse 01.mp4

Camera - Canon 6D

Lens - 24-105mm zoom @105mm

Exposure (start of sequence)
1/60 sec, f22, ISO100
Exposure (end of sequence)
1/2 sec, f22, ISO100

Time between exposures - 5 secs

Location - Alwen Reservoir, North Wales

This clip - HD 720p

Clip duration - 23 secs