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Crete Sunset Timelapse #4

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The northern coast of Crete is heavily developed with tourist resorts and towns, so Liz and I weren't expecting to find any secluded or original Cretan villages near to our resort in Hersonissos where we were staying for two weeks.

But one of the resort hosts recommended a drive to a place called Milatos, a fishing village on the coast just a few miles to the east.

Driving in Crete was an experience, albeit a pleasurable one for the most part, and the drive to Milatos was no exception, taking in winding mountain roads with stunning coastal views along the way.

Milatos itself proved to be a charming seaside village, relatively unspoilt and with great seafood restaurants right on the rocky beach, of which we took full advantage.

But what really excited me about Milatos was that it proved to be one of the few places on the north coast from which you could see the sunset in September.

We'd already made one visit here a couple of days previously to film the sunset, but I was so taken with the view that I wanted a second bite of the cherry, this time using a long lens to catch the sun disappearing behind the mountains in the far distance.

But my plans had to be modified somewhat, as the weather had finally changed and a cool breeze from the north had introduced clouds into the previously clear skies.

Those clouds proved to be a boon, with glorious sunbeams shooting through gaps as the sun approached the western horizon, giving a mesmeric effect as we watched from our viewpoint by the old windmill I'd used in my previous shoot here.

After sunset the light soon faded from the scene so we packed up and headed up into the mountains to try and film the milky way over one of those famous greek churches - without sucess I'm afraid - but that's another story.

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Video data

Filename - crete sunset timelapse 04.mp4

Camera - Canon EOS 6D

Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 65mm

Exposure (start of sequence) - 1/500 sec @ f4, ISO100
Exposure (end of sequence) - 1/40 sec @ f4, ISO100

Filters - 2 stop neutral density graduated filter used to darken the sky.

Shooting interval - 3 seconds

Location - Milatos, Crete

This clip - HD 720p, 30fps

Clip duration - 13 seconds