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Caernarfon Timelapse #6

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The story behind this video

Living near the North Wales coast is an absolute blessing for me as an outdoor photographer / time lapse producer as there are so many elements in a constant state of change you can never photograph the same scene twice.

This time lapse video is a great example, with tide, dusk, weather and lighting all coming together in a lovely orchestrated dance that will never be repeated.

The view is of the iconic and huge castle on the seafront at Caernarfon on the North Wales coast.

Filmed either side of sunset on a rising tide with clouds wracking by overhead, I positioned myself to get the best possible view of the tide coming in over the barnacle encrusted foreshore as daylight fled the scene to be replaced by the yellow glow of the castle's artifical lighting, reflecting in the enroaching water.

A great plan - with one flaw.

In order to get a reflection of the castle itself in the rising water, I needed to position myself quite far out onto the beach, and with a tidal range of nearly eight metres at the new moon I knew that I would be needing wellies before I'd finished.

In the end the wellies proved insufficient as the water rose rapidly up the legs of my tripod and I realised that chest waders would have been a more appropriate form of dress!

What to do? Abandon the shoot halfway through and stay dry? No way!

So a quick retreat to the sea wall and it was off with the wellies, off with my socks, trousers rolled up as far as I could get them, back on with the wellies and back to the tripod and camera, now with the tide up to the first leg joint.

It wasn't much longer till the rising tide overtopped my wholly inadequate footware and cold water rushed down my bare legs, much to the bemusement of passing tourists who were busy taking photos of the scene on their mobiles.

It's amazing just how fast the tide rises on the North Wales coast, no wonder people get caught out on sandbanks, and soon the water was up to my knees.

But I didn't give up until the water was just about to reach my rolled up trousers (up to the second leg joint on my tripod), when I finally grabbed the camera and tripod and made my way gingerly out of the sea.

Wellies emptied out, legs and tripod towelled dry, trousers rolled back down, socks and trainers back on and I was fit and ready for the drive back home, well pleased with what I'd seen and been able to film.

Video data

Filename - caernarfon timelapse 06.mp4

Camera - Canon EOS 6D

Lens - 17-40mm zoom @ 26mm

Exposure (start of sequence) - 1/80 sec @ f4, ISO100
Exposure (end of sequence) - 2.5 secs @ f4, ISO100

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

Shooting interval - 10 seconds

Location - Caernarfon, North Wales

This clip - HD 720p, 30fps

Clip duration - 20 seconds