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Caernarfon Timelapse #8

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One of the most visually impressive sights on the North Wales coast is the huge historic castle and defensive town walls at Caernarfon.

Overlooking the Menai Straits seperating mainland Wales from the Isle of Anglesey, the castle sits right at the mouth of the tidal Afon Seiont, which rises and falls by up to seven metres with the ebbing and incoming tides.

On this particular occasion my wife Liz and I had spent the afternoon touring and hiking in the Snowdonia National Park, and as the day drew to a close we decided to head to the coast at Caernarfon to watch the sunset.

But when we arrived it didn't seem that the sunset was going to do anything spectacular.

However, the waters in front of the town were glassy smooth, and on an incoming tide the castle and walls were starting to reflect beautifully as the foreshore gradually disappeared under the Menai Straits.

Ideal conditions for a time lapse session then, which is just what I did, positioning my camera to catch the rising tide which revealed the reflections of the castle as the sun set over my shoulder.

As darkness fell, the lights of the town and castle came on, and slowly displaced the natural light of day as the main source of illumination for the shoot.

And those reflections just got better and better until the tide was fully in and the sky above had fallen almost into darkness.

What a wonderful conjunction of tide, light and subject!

I'm so glad we decided to make this one last stop on what was a fantastic day out in beautiful North Wales!

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Video data

Filename - caernarfon timelapse 06.mp4

Camera - Canon EOS 6D

Lens - 17-40mm zoom @ 17mm

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 exposure between the scene and its reflection.

Shooting interval - 10 seconds

Location - Caernarfon, North Wales

This clip - HD 720p, 30fps

Clip duration - 20 seconds