The coronavirus lockdown in the spring of 2020 wasn't much fun, but every cloud etc...
The silver lining for my wife Liz and I was that we got to explore our own locality in much greater detail than would otherwise have been the case, poring over maps, seeking out new places to visit within our limited scope of freedom.
One such outing took us along the North Wales side of the Dee estuary, looking for a place we'd spotted on our map search call 'Bagillt Dock'.
After a few wrong turns we finally found the tiny service road that led to an out of the way car park next to a scrap metal yard.
Not quite what we were expecting, but a coastal path signpost soon had us marching up a slight hill to a viewpoint overlooking the sandbanks of the Dee estuary at low tide.
As we approached the top of the hill our attention was drawn, naturally enough, to this rather splendid steel dragon sculpture, complete with fire beacon, installed in 2012 to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
With the sun approaching the western horizon and storm clouds roiling overhead I took the opportunity to use the dragon as a dramatic silhouette against which to photograph the impressive weather and light show.
Several hundred frames and half an hour later we called it a night as the sky turned black, just making it back to the parked car before the heavens opened.
I hope to come back here on a clear night and shoot another time lapse, setting the dragon against the stars on their endless dance around Polaris.
We shall see!
Filename - bagillt beacon timelapse 01
Camera - Canon EOS 6DMK2
Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 24mm
Exposure (start of shoot) - 1/160 sec @ f/4, ISO100, (end of shoot) - 1/100 sec @ f/4, ISO100
Filters - None.
Shooting interval - 2 seconds.
Location - Bagillt, North Wales
Video processing - Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Premiere Pro.
This clip - HD 720p, 30fps (4K and 1080p HD formats also available)
Clip duration - 32 seconds
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