Love them or hate them, the huge turbines of the Colwyn Bay wind farm are now a permanent feature on the horizon as one gazes out over the Irish Sea from the North Wales coast.
Personally I love the things, adding so much interest and dynamism to an otherwise featureless scene.
Mind you, on this particular evening, sitting on the promenade at Rhos-on-Sea with my wife Liz, basking in the late evening summer sun, it wasn't the turbines that caught my attention, but what was going on in the skies above.
An approaching frontal system was pushing moisture laden air high into the upper atmosphere, causing a lovely and dramatic cloud smorgasbord to play out over the sea.
Time for a half hour's worth of time lapse video shooting then, to capture the action for future enjoyment.
But how to anchor the scene? Cue the Colwyn Bay wind farm!
Placed right at the bottom of the video and looking very small and vulnerable compared with the mighty forces of nature being unleashed overhead, the rotating turbines provide a much needed bottom frame to the video's composition, both anchoring the scene and providing a sense of scale to the vast expanse of sky overhead.
You can see a video of the wind turbines much larger (down the long end of a 100-400mm zoom) at this link.
After half an hour the light started to go as the sun sank into a body of cloud to the northwest, and it was time to pack up and head home.
Even after so many beautiful and dramatic evenings on the coastal strip I'm still overwhelmed with awe and wonder at the power of God's creation, and how everything works together in such an amazing fashion.
Filename - colwyn bay timelapse 05.mp4
Camera - Canon 6D
Lens - 17-40mm zoom @ 21mm
Exposure (start of sequence) - 1/640 sec @ f4, ISO100
Exposure (end of sequence) - 1/640 sec @ f4, ISO100
Filters - None.
Shooting interval - 3 seconds
Location - Rhos-on-Sea, North Wales
This clip - HD 720p 30fps
Clip duration - 21 seconds
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