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Colwyn Bay Tide Timelapse #2

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The story behind this video

With a rare free evening on my hands, I was determined to use the time to get out and about for a spot of time lapse photography.

But where to go?

With a new moon on that particular evening I knew that there would be a significant tide on the North Wales coast, and a quick check on the Admiralty EasyTide website confirmed my thoughts, with the tide coming in over the evening and on into the night.

So the coast was the place to be, catching the incoming tide covering over the sandy beaches of Colwyn Bay as day faded into night.

Good plan - and I set off in high hopes for an enjoyable and photographically profitable evening at the seaside.

But I reckoned without the extremely changeable weather in this part of the world, and having set off from my home in lovely sunshine I soon found myself under low clouds which then became rain as I headed further westwards.

I was tempted to give up, turn around, go back home and watch the telly, but having arrived at Colwyn Bay by then I decided to tough it out because, after all, 'bad weather makes good photographs' as they say. (Although who 'they' are remains a mystery to me!)

Photographing a time lapse sequence over a couple of hours in the rain requires a bit of extra planning and equipment.

In terms of planning, I needed to find a view over the beach and incoming tide that had my camera facing away from the prevailing wind, as raindrops hitting the front of the lens degrades the optical quality of your images somewhat!

I found what I was looking for at Porth Eiras, with a view over the beach and lights of Colwyn Bay while the increasingly persistent rain beat a tattoo on my back.

The extra equipment I used took the form of a clear shower cap, a hotel giveaway from my last holiday, which kept the worst of the rain of my camera's electronics while allowing me still to see the histogram and make exposure adjustments as the light levels dropped over time.

Apart from that there was just me, getting wetter and colder as the evening progressed, but very happy with the dynamic movement of the tide up the beach, coupled with the gradual change in lighting from natural daylight on into night and the artifical lights of the North Wales coastal strip.

Would I do it again? Maybe not!

Video data

Filename - colwyn bay tide timelapse 02.mp4

Camera - Canon EOS 6D

Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 32mm

Exposure (start of sequence) - 1/4 sec @ f4, ISO100
Exposure (end of sequence) - 4 secs @ f4, ISO200

Filters - None.

Shooting interval - 6 seconds

Location - Colwyn Bay, North Wales

This clip - HD 720p, 30fps

Clip duration - 26 seconds