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Bala Time Lapse #3

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A sudden change in the weather made for this dramatic time lapse video showing storm clouds sweeping in over Llyn Tegid at Bala in North Wales.

I'd spent a lovely day with my wife Liz hiking around Cregennan Lakes and Fairbourne on the west coast of Wales in bright sunlight, and we were driving back home when we decided to pull in at Llyn Tegid on the outskirts of Bala to finish our picnic snacks.

Not wanting to miss the opportunity of making a time lapse video of the sunlit late evening clouds over the lake, I set my camera up on the shore and set it off recording a still image every three seconds.

I was thinking of giving it half and hour, which would have resulted in 600 stills, making a 20 second video at 30 frames per second.

However, towards the end of my alloted 30 minutes I noticed a very dark and threatening bank of cloud start to roll in from the west, so instead of packing my camera away I decided to leave it running and see how the weather would develop.

Wow! I'm so glad I did as some very dramatic skies unfolded over the next twenty minutes, and I kept on filming until after sunset, finally packing up just before the rain arrived.

North Wales is certainly the place to be if you like a bit of wild weather with your photography!

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Video data

Filename - bala timelapse 03.mp4

Camera - Canon 6D

Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 24mm

Exposure (start of sequence) - 1/25 sec @ f4, ISO100
Exposure (end of sequence) - 0.6 sec @ f4, ISO100

Filters - Polarising filter used to enhance the colours. 2 stop neutral density graduated filter used to darken the sky

Shooting interval - 3 seconds

Location - Llyn Tegid, Bala, North Wales

This clip - HD 720p 30fps

Clip duration - 36 seconds