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Caernarfon Timelapse #14

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The story behind this video

High tide at sunset on the North Wales coast, and I'm taking advantage of this combination of natural phenomena to capture the hundreds of still images needed to create this time lapse video of the transition from day to night at Caernarfon.

Of course, the main feature of Caernarfon is the medieval castle, now a World Heritage Site, so it was a no-brainer really to feature that castle and adjacent town walls in my time lapse.

And with that high tide I mentioned, I was planning on getting bonus reflections in the relatively calm waters of the Menai Straits on this particular summer's evening in August 2020.

There was only one problem though.

In order to capture a complete reflection of the castle in all its glory I needed to be a couple of yards out from the water's edge.

So it was on with the wellies, wading out as deep as I could get without getting wet and setting up my camera and tripod in the sea, much to the amusement of passers by who were wondering what on earth I was doing out there.

In the end I was in the sea for just over an hour, making regular adjustments to the exposure setting on my camera as the natural light levels fell away and the artificial lights illuminating the castle walls came to the fore.

Well worth looking a bit silly to capture such a wonderful scene though, and with the added bonus that nobody walked through my composition while I was filming!

Video data

Filename - caernarfon timelapse 14

Camera - Canon EOS 6DMK2

Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 24mm

Exposure (start of sequence) - 1/20 sec @ f4, ISO100
Exposure (end of sequence) - 3.2 secs @ f4, ISO100

Filters (1st sequence) - 2 stop neutral density graduated filter used to balance the brightness of the scene with its reflection.

Shooting interval - 6 seconds

Location - Caernarfon, North Wales

This clip - HD 720p, 30fps (4K and HD formats also available)

Clip duration - 24 seconds