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Dusk over Colwyn Bay

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The story behind this video

The end of a day of active weather on the North Wales coast, and things are just starting to calm down as the latest weather front moves away to the east.

These times of changing weather patterns are meat and drink to me, giving rise, as they do, to some lovely lighting effects as the sun sets.

One spot I've always enjoyed observing at dusk is the curve of Colwyn Bay, as the natural light fades away, to be replaced by the orange glow of the sodium streetlights that line the coastal strip.

So on this occasion my wife Liz and I decided to make an evening of it at the recently developed Porth Eirias watersports centre, with me filming the transition from day to night down at the water's edge while Liz sat nearby, knitting away at her latest creation.

On this occasion the sunset and dusk was a gentle, rather than dramatic, affair, with almost zero wind and gentle wavelets lapping on the shoreline rocks at my feet as the sky to the east darkened from a vivid orange glow to the deep blue of night.

We stayed filming for forty five minutes after sunset, by which time almost all the natural light of the sky had been overwhelmed by the sodium streetlights, picking out the coastline with a necklace of light.

A lovely way to spend the end of the day, and we drove home fully relaxed and at peace.

Video data

Filename - colwyn bay timelapse 02.mp4

Camera - Canon EOS 6D

Lens - 24-105 zoom @ 40mm

Exposure (start of sequence) - 1/2 sec @ f4, ISO100
Exposure (end of sequence) - 4 secs @ f4, ISO1000

Shooting interval - 6 seconds

Location - Colwyn Bay, North Wales

This clip - HD 720p, 30fps

Clip duration - 19 seconds