A very early start got me to the top of the limestone escarpement in Loggerheads Country Park, part of the Clwydian Range Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in North Wales, well before dawn.
The reason for my nightime excursion was the combination of a full moon setting over the summit of Moel Famau, coupled with the promise of clear skies for the early morning, leading to the hope of filming the moonset over the beautiful rolling landscape.
Well the shoot started well, but after a short while a bank of un-forecasted cloud rolled across the heavens, somewhat muting the brightness of the moonlight.
I kept on shooting until the moon had completely disappeared behind the ever thicknening cloud before finally calling it a morning and redirecting my camera to film a view with a bit more action.
I was tempted to delete the entire shoot, but instead I carried on through the process and rendered the video.
The first time I watched this clip I was pleasantly suprised at how well it had come out, with those pesky clouds actually adding movement and an air of mystery to the final production.
It just goes to show that you never quite know what you're going to end up with when making a time lapse, and giving up can be a big mistake.
Filename - clwydians moonset timelapse 01
Camera - Canon EOS 6D
Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 24mm
Exposure (start of sequence) - 15 secs @ f4, ISO200
Exposure (end of sequence) - 15 secs @ f4, ISO200
Filters - None.
Shooting interval - 15 seconds
Location - Clwydian Range AONB, North Wales
This clip - HD 720p, 30fps (4K+, and 1080p HD formats also available)
Clip duration - 10 seconds
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