For just a couple of weeks either side of midsummer on the North Wales coast the sun sets just into the opening of the Conwy estuary as the river conwy empties into the Irish Sea.
But to take photographic advantage of this time limited opportunity requires decent weather, with relatively cloudless skies and no wind.
So on the first available weather window I took the forty five minute evening drive from my home near Mold and set up on the side of the estuary near Conway castle to watch and film as the sun sank towards the horizon, skirting nicely over the masts of the moored yachts in the Conwy marina.
The low tide left acres of shining mud exposed, reflecting the light of the sun as it tracked lower and lower across the sky, an added bonus to the evening that I wasn't expecting, but certainly appreciated!
Almost before sunset a band of haze appeared on the horizon which just took the edge off the sun's brightness and allowed those gorgeous orange tones to shine through before the sun finally sank below the western horizon.
I'm ceretainly glad I grabbed the chance to photograph when I did, as conditions haven't been as good as this since.
'Carpe Diem' as they say!
Filename - conway sunset timelapse 02.mp4
Camera - Canon EOS 6D
Lens (1st sequence) - 24-105mm zoom @ 55mm
Lens (2nd sequence) - 100-400mm zoom @ 400mm
Exposure (start of shoot) - 1/4000 sec @ f4, ISO100
Exposure (end of shoot) - 1/640 sec @ f5.6, ISO100
Filters - 2 stop neutral density graduated filter used in the 1st sequence to balance the exposure between sky and land. No filters used in the 2nd sequence.
Shooting interval (1st sequence) - 10 seconds
Shooting interval (2nd sequence) - 2 seconds
Location - Conway, North Wales
This clip - HD 720p, 30fps (4k & 1080p versions available)
Clip duration - 35 seconds
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