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Church Bay Tide Timelapse #1

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A lovely Sunday afternoon in early April found my wife Liz and I en-route to the beautiful Isle of Anglesey, just off the North Wales coast, for a tour round some of our favourite coastal walks.

During the course of the afternoon we took in the loveliness of Moelfre, Bull Bay and Cemaes before heading over to the west coast to catch the sunset at the wonderful Church Bay (or Porth Swtan in welsh).

Being west facing, Church Bay is a great place to be as the sun goes down.

With its golden cliffs and large, rock strewn beach Church Bay acts as a light trap, especially when the tide's going out, leaving smooth, reflective wet sand behind.

We arrived just after the turn of the tide, but instead of pointing my camera westwards towards the setting sun I decided this time to make a time lapse sequence showing the tide going out and the change in light from sunset, through dusk and on into twilight.

Perched high on the clifftop overlooking the bay gave us a great vanatage point to watch as the beach was slowly revealed, along with some hardy holidaymakers far below who were determined to eke out the last vestiges of pleasure from the day.

The light change as the sun finally set was dramatic, and well worth capturing as a time lapse, so I kept on filming as darkness crept over the scene until pretty much all the colour of the day had faded to greys and blues.

Well worth staying up late to witness such beauty, even with an hour and a half drive to get back home.

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Video data

Filename - church bay tide timelapse 01.mp4

Camera - Canon EOS 6D

Lens - 17-40mm zoom @ 40mm

Exposure (start of sequence) - 1/60 sec @ f4, ISO100
Exposure (end of sequence) - 8 secs @ f4, ISO100

Filters - 2 stop neutral density graduated filter used to balance the exposure between the sky and foreground. Polarising filter used to enhance colours.

Shooting interval - 10 seconds

Location - Church Bay, Anglesey, North Wales

This clip - HD 720p, 30fps

Clip duration - 24 seconds