My wife Liz and I had only recently discovered the beautiful, rugged landscape around Cregennan Lakes in the south of the Snowdonia National Park, but as soon as I saw the place I recognised the potential to film an overnight time lapse here.
With the peak of Cader Idris to the south I knew this would make a great spot from which to photograph the milky way, rising over Cader to the southeast and tracking east to west over the lakes themselves.
And the with Snowdonia National Park now only one of 10 dark sky reserves in the world, the bugbear of light pollution and orange skies wouldn't be an issue.
My opportunity came in early June 2016, with a forecast of clear skies on a moonless night over Snowdonia, allowing an uninterrupted view of the stars.
And even though the night sky never really gets dark at this time of year at at latitude of 53 degrees north, I was treated to a spectacular display of stars and planets, with Mars being especially bright close to the horizon.
I even saw the International Space Station go overhead, together with a few lesser satelites and shooting stars.
But the big treat of the night, and what I'd come to film, was the passage of the milky way, which looks its best at this time of year when the colourful galatic centre is visible just over the horizon.
I was glad it was a short night though, as I started filming just before sunset, and finished just after sunrise - a total of ten hours perched on a rock overlooking Cregennan Lakes.
My bum was certainly numb and my legs were pretty stiff as I staggered back down to the car at the end of the shoot, but the slight discomfort was well worth it just to be out in the mountains on such a wonderful night.
You may be wondering about the technicalities of such a photographic endeavour.
Well there's an in-depth discussion of all that stuff on my Cregennan Lakes Milky Way #1 photo page, which you can peruse at your leisure.
Filename - cregennan lakes timelapse 01.mp4
Camera - Canon 6D
Lens - 14mm prime
Exposure (start of sequence) - 1/320 sec @ f2.8, ISO100
Exposure (mid sequence) - 20 secs @ f2.8, ISO6400
Exposure (end of sequence) - 1/160 sec @ f2.8, ISO100
Shooting interval - 30 seconds
Location - Cregennan Lakes, Snowdonia National Park, Wales
This clip - HD 720p 30fps
Clip duration - 40 secs
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