Driving back home eastwards along the A55 coast road, having been for a summer's evening stroll along some of our favourite stretches of the North Wales coastline, my wife Liz started noticing a really nice sunset developing behind us.
I, of course, had my eyes on the road so didn't see anything!
But trusting her judgement we pulled off the main road and headed down to the promenade at Colwyn Bay to take a better look.
The sky was getting very interesting, with clouds at different altitudes moving against each other and catching the light of the setting sun.
What's more, the receding tide had left huge a expanse of flat, wet sand behind, which was glowing in the reflected light from the skies above.
So it was straight out with the camera and tripod, followed by a brisk walk down to the wet sand, extending tripod legs as I went, not wanting to miss a moment of the beauty that was unfolding overhead and at my feet.
As I shot the hundreds of frames required for this time lapse video, the colours in the sky just got richer and richer, with the light show continuing long after sunset as the highest clouds caught the red end of the light spectrum.
I kept on filming until almost all the colour had finally bled from the heavens before finally packing away and continuing our journey home, tired but buzzing with having witnessed such a glorious display.
Filename - colwyn bay timelapse 06.mp4
Camera - Canon EOS 6D
Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 24mm
Exposure (start of shoot) - 1/50 sec @ f4, ISO100
Exposure (end of shoot) - 1/5 sec @ f4, ISO100
Filters - 2 stop neutral density graduated filter used to balance brightness levels between the sky and beach.
Shooting interval - 3 seconds
Location - Colwyn Bay, North Wales
This clip - HD 720p, 30fps (4k & 1080p versions available)
Clip duration - 26 seconds
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