Love them or hate them, the giant offshore wind turbines of the Colwyn Bay wind farm are now a permanent feature of the view out to sea from the North Wales coast.
Personally I love them, both from an environmental and an aethsetic point of view, as thay provide a much needed point of visual interest on an otherwise featureless horizon and make seascape photography that much more interesting.
On this particular summer's day, with light cumulus clouds blowing out to sea over my head and the turbines glowing white in the late afternoon light, my wife Liz and I decided to have our picnic on the promenade at Colwyn Bay, so of course I took the opportunity to capture this simple but lovely timelapse of the clouds over the wind farm.
I started off with a wide angled view, making the turbines look tiny when set against the vastness of the sky, and then as the clouds moved towards the horizon I switched to a telephoto view to capture the dramtic boiling cumulus effect over the more prominent blades.
Just half an hour's worth of filming for such a lovely video - time well spent!
Filename - colwyn bay clouds timelapse 01.mp4
Camera - Canon EOS 6D
Lens (1st sequence) - 24-105mm zoom @ 24mm
Lens (2nd sequence) - 24-105mm zoom @ 92mm
Exposure (1st sequence) - 1/320 sec @ f4, ISO100
Exposure (2nd sequence) - 1/320sec @ f4, ISO100
Filters - Polarising filter used to darken the blue sky. 2 stop neutral density filter used to balance the brightness between clouds and sea.
Shooting interval (1st sequence) - 3 seconds
Shooting interval (2nd sequence) - 3 seconds
Location - Colwyn Bay, North Wales
This clip - HD 720p, 30fps
Clip duration - 17 seconds
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