I'd just finished taking the hundreds of still images needed for my Deeside Sunset Timelapse #1 video, featuring a dramatic sunset over the chimney stacks of the Connah's Quay power station at Deeside, near my home in North East Wales.
But I was loth to pack up and go home just yet, as the sky to the northwest was picking up some glorious colours from the just departed sun and I knew that, over the next hour or so, the lights from the Flintshire suspension bridge and the power station would come on and slowly gain in brightness against the darkening sky - perfect fodder for a time lapse junkie like myself!
And so it proved to be, with the twilight sky slowly becoming darker and richer in colour while the artificially lit structures grew brighter and brighter.
But what I hadn't bargained for was the waters of the river Dee estuary becoming still at slack tide, allowing the glorious colours of the twilight sky, together with the elegant shape of the suspension bridge, to reflect almost perfectly in the mirror-like calm.
Wow! So I kept on filming for much longer than I'd originally planned, until the colours in the sky finally started to fade just before midnight.
A late night then, but well worth staying up for tho watch and film such a beautiful display!
Filename - deeside dusk timelapse 01.mp4
Camera - Canon EOS 6D
Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 70mm
Exposure (start of shoot) - 1/160 sec @ f4, ISO100
Exposure (end of shoot) - 4 secs @ f4, ISO100
Filters - 2 stop neutral density graduated filter used to balance the brightness between the sky and foreground.
Shooting interval - 6 seconds
Location - Deeside, North Wales
This clip - HD 720p, 30fps (4k & 1080p versions available)
Clip duration - 42 seconds
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