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Ardmore Time Lapse #1

The story behind this video

There's a popular saying amongst outdoor photographers that 'bad weather makes good photos'.

I wholeheartedly agree with that sentiment, even more so when applied to time lapse photography.

So I was very excited about Liz's and my planned trip to explore the beauties of the southwest of Ireland for a week, as I knew that we would be in for some interesting weather, fresh off the Atlantic Ocean.

Well I wasn't disappointed, with dramatic and changeable conditions all week long while Liz and I toured the area.

Early on during our stay we took a trip along the coast from Youghal, where we were staying, to the coastal town of Ardmore, just a little further east.

When we got there we parked up by the long sandy beach and watched entranced as bands of rain and clouds swept across the sky over our heads, punctuated by patches of clear blue sky and sunshine.

Of course I had to brave the elements in order to capture the drama as a time lapse, so I spent a few minutes dressed in every garment I had available to venture out of the car into the freezing cold breeze and set up the camera.

Well, even during just those few minutes I and my camera were subjected to a barrage of rain, followed by sleet, hail and snow, and then, just as I was starting to shoot the sequence, we had bright sun again - just awesome weather!

So I carried on filming looking out over the Atlantic ocean until that particular band of storm cloud had passed by and then swung my camera round to the north, looking up the beach, to catch the next dollop of mega weather coming my way.

This took the form of a huge cumulo-nimbus cell, growing rapidly and ominously in my viewfinder as the camera clicked away.

what was really nice about this view was thal the beach in the foreground of my shoot was still bathed in glorious sunshine, with a few brave souls venturing to walk its length and back before the next downpour hit.

I kept on filmimg until the first lumps of heavy rain started to hit the filters on the front of my camera's lens, and then beat a hasty retreat back to the relative safety of the parked car, just a few metres away.

Needless to say that Liz and I didn't go for an exploratory stroll around Ardmore on that particulr occasion - we saved that treat for another day!

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1st sequence
2nd sequence

Video data

Camera - Canon 6D

Lens (1st sequence)- 17-40mm zoom @ 17mm
Lens (2nd sequence)- 17-40mm zoom @ 17mm

Exposure (1st sequence) - 4 secs @ f4, ISO100
Exposure (2nd sequence) - 3.2 secs @ f4, ISO100

Filters - Ten stop neutral density filter used to increase exposure time in order to blur the wave action. Two stop neutral density graduated filter used to darken the sky in both sequences

Shooting interval (1st sequence) - 4 seconds
Shooting interval (2nd sequence) - 3.2 seconds

Location - Ardmore, County Waterford, Ireland

This clip - HD 720p 30fps

Clip duration - 33 secs