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Caernarfon Castle Time Lapse #5

The story behind this video

Living in beautiful North Wales we're spoilt for choice for lovely and dramatic scenery to enjoy and photograph.

The only fly in the ointment can be the weather, which is usually damp and cloudy, but when a couple of clear days arrive it's time to get out and about and get busy with the camera.

On this particular day in the spring of 2017 there was a pretty rare combination of weather and tide on the North Wales coast, with cloudless skies, high tide close to sunset and still air.

Having spent the day exploring Snowdonia Liz and I decided to drop down to the coast at Caernarfon to watch the sunset and see the lights come on, illuminating the magnificent castle against the darkening sky.

Of course, I wasn't going to let such a unique opportunity pass me by, and having eaten we parked up on the opposite side of the river Seiont to watch the castle as the tide was still coming in.

I set up my camera and tripod, taking in the castle and its mirror-like reflection, punctuated by small boats moored in the still water.

Over the next hour and a half we watched entranced as the sun set, the sky darkened and the lights of the castle grew stronger and stronger in the gathering gloom.

My camera was set to record a frame every ten seconds, and I made numerous small adjustments to the exposure time as the light levels fell to the point where the sky was almost completely dark, with the castle and its reflection was glowing brightly against the night.

I wasn't the only photographer appreciating this wonderful evening, as I was joined during my vigil by a young student from Malaysia, a guy flying a drone over the castle, and a professional shooter taking images for the tourist board.

But I was the only one shooting time lapse, and having assembled the hundreds of frames that I took into this short video, I must say I was delighted by the end result.

A pretty rare set of conditions on the North Wales coast, available for continued enjoyment by myself and others.

Video data

Filename - caernarfon timelapse 05.mp4

Camera - Canon EOS 6D

Lens - 17-40mm zoom @ 20mm

Exposure (start of sequence) - 1/60 sec @ f4, ISO100
Exposure (end of sequence) - 4 secs @ f4, ISO100

Filters - 2 stop neutral density graduated filter used to balance the brightness between the scene and its reflection.

Capture interval - 10 seconds

Location - Caernarfon, North Wales coast

This clip - HD 720p

Clip duration - 21 seconds