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Church Bay Sunset Time Lapse #2

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1st clip - 2nd clip - 3rd clip

The story behind this video

Surely one of the most beautiful places in the world - when it's not raining that is!

This is the Isle of Anglesey, just off the North Wales coast, and a superb location for coastal photography.

Obviously, if you want to catch a sunset then the west coast is the place to be, and with so many cliffs, beaches, sea arches, fishing villages and so on to choose from it's hard to know where to go.

On this particular evening, with a new moon resulting in an 8 metre plus tidal range, I was mostly interested in capturing a time lapse of the sea rushing up a beach, although a nice sunset to go with that would be a bonus.

One of my favourite beaches to watch the tide come in on is Church Bay (or Porth Swtan in welsh).

Church Bay is far from being just a flat expanse of sand, as at low tide there is a fascinating array of exposed rocks and tidal pools to explore.

My wife Liz and I arrived there about an hour before sunset, on a rising tide that had just turned and was starting to make its way back up the beach, swirling around rocks and filling in pools as the waters rose.

An ideal scenario for me to shoot this time lapse sequence.

The only potential problem I had was filming into the setting sun, but even there the weather played ball, with layers of light cloud taking the edge off the sun's brightness to the point where I could use a 3 stop neutral density graduated filter to darken the sky and still retain detail in the rocks around which the sea was rising.

In the end we were treated to a glorious colourful sunset as well as the interest of the incoming tide, which I had to film in three episodes as the sea forced me backwards though the rocks to the sand beyond.

Needless to say, Liz and I drove back home happy bunnies, having been immersed in such beauty.

Video data

Filename - church bay sunset timelapse 02.mp4

Camera - Canon EOS 6D

Lens (1st sequence) - 24-105mm zoom @ 32mm
Lens (2nd sequence) - 24-105mm zoom @ 24mm
Lens (3rd sequence) - 17-40mm zoom @ 17mm

Exposure (1st sequence) - 1/8 sec @ f4, ISO100
Exposure (2nd sequence) - 1/4 sec @ f4, ISO100
Exposure (3rd sequence) - 1/13 sec @ f4, ISO100
1st and 2nd sequence used a 6 stop ND filter to slow the exposure time.

Capture interval (1st sequence) - 3 seconds
Capture interval (2nd sequence) - 5 seconds
Capture interval (3rd sequence) - 3 seconds

Location - Church Bay, Anglesey, Wales

This clip - HD 720p

Clip duration - 27 seconds