The rare combination of a supermoon, a clear sky in the early morning and no wind proved to be a rare combination of conditions that were just too hard for me to resist.
So it was up and out at 2.45am to climb the limestone escarpment at Loggerheads Country Park in the Clwydian Range Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), just a few minutes' drive from my home in Northeast Wales.
The view from the top of the escarpment is spectacular, looking out over the undulating hills of the Clwydian Range with its tree lined ridges and iron age forts, and I watched and filmed entranced as the larger than usual moon made its stately progress downwards to the west as the sky grew steadily lighter to the east.
Normally when I try and capture a moonset the sky has a band of cloud just at the vital position, but this particular morning the sky stayed clear as the moon finally reached the treeline and majestically sank from view at the start of another day.
I stuck around for another half hour or so, photographing the arrival of first light on the summit of Moel Famau, the highest peak in the Clwydian Range, before finally packing up and climbing back down to my car.
Then it was back home and back to bed!
Oh the joy of being newly retired!
Filename - clwydians moonset timelapse 02
Camera - Canon EOS 6DMK2
Lens (1st sequence) - 100-400mm zoom @ 400mm
Lens (2nd sequence) - 100-400mm zoom @ 100mm
Lens (3rd sequence) - 100-400mm zoom @ 400mm
Exposure (start of shoot) - 1/250 sec @ f/5.6, ISO100
Exposure (end of shoot) - 1/25 sec @ f/5.6, ISO100
Filters - None.
Shooting interval - Clips #1 and #3 - approximately 4 frames per second. Clip #2 - 2 seconds
Location - Clwydian Range, North Wales
This clip - HD 720p, 30fps (4K and 1080p HD formats also available)
Clip duration - 73 seconds
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