One of the great things about photography on the North Wales coast is the very large tidal range we experience here, which means that the same stretch of beach never looks the same twice.
It also means that I'm able to shoot time lapse videos of the sea rising and falling, set against beautiful backdrops.
And one of the best is the beach at Conwy Morfa, just at the mouth of the estuary of the river Conwy at Conway.
Thanks to the interaction of sea and river, the beach at low tide has these fantastic undulations, set at an angle to the shoreline and which fill with water at the turn of the tide like mini fjords.
Add to that the Great Orme headland at Llandudno in the background on the other side of the estuary and you've got a real visual treat at every level.
So I was quite happy to spend an hour or so in the fresh breeze, tripod firmly embedded in a raised portion of the beach, while my camera clicked away, taking the hundreds of still images needed to create this time lapse video.
In fact I only stopped when my tripod legs ended up under water as the sea rose inexorably upwards, and not trying to be like King Canute, I beat a hasty retreat back up the beach!
Filename - conwy morfa tide timelapse 01
Camera - Canon EOS 6DMK2 DSLR
Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 24mm
Exposure - (start of sequence) - 1/100 sec @ f/4, ISO100
Exposure - (end of sequence) - 1/100 sec @ f/4, ISO100
Filters - Polarising filter used to reduce glare and enhance colours. 2 stop neutral density graduated filter used to reduce the brightness of the sky relative to the foreground.
Shooting interval - 6 seconds
Location - Conwy Morfa, North Wales
This clip - HD 720p, 30fps (4K and HD formats also available)
Clip duration - 16 seconds
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