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Deeside Sunrise Timelapse #1

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Living in beautiful North Wales I have access to some amazing natural scenery - mountains, lakes, forests, coastline and so on.

But North Wales also has an enduring industrial legacy, including coal mining, steel works, and more recently, power generation including solar, wind and gas.

Nowhere is this legacy more in evidence than along the banks of the river Dee estuary at Connah's Quay, with the tidal waters bounded by the old British Steel works on one side and the Connah's Quay gas fired powerplant on the other.

My previous photogrpahic expeditions here have all been at sunset, shooting both stills and time lapse sequences of the sun dropping to the northwest over the powerplant, but on this occasion I decided to check out the scene in the early morning.

I spent over an hour before sunrise with my camera aimed at the Flintshire suspension bridge and Connah's Quay powerplant, shooting the stills for my Deeside Dawn timelapse #1 video.

But as the sun drew nearer to the eastern horizon I changed my shooting angle to the northeast to catch the vibrant dawn colours and eventual sunrise over the river, with a couple of electricity pylons tastefully arranged as silhouettes on the far bank of the estuary.

This proved to be a very good move, as I was treated to a stunning sunrise, to which those electricity pylons added a certain industrial mood.

Who says industry can't be entrancing!

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Video data

Filename - deeside sunrise timelapse 01.mp4

Camera - Canon EOS 6D

Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 105mm

Exposure (start of sequence) - 1/60 sec @ f4, ISO100
Exposure (end of sequence) - 1/2500 sec @ f4, ISO100

Filters - 2 stop neutral density graduated filter used to balance the exposure bweteen the view and its reflection.

Shooting interval - 6 seconds

Location - Connah's Quay, Deeside, North Wales

This clip - HD 720p, 30fps

Clip duration - 28 seconds