In the middle of Autumn 2020 the weather over North Wales was wild to say the least, with storms, gales and rain alternating with brief periods of bright sunshine.
Not great picnic weather, but superb for outdoor photography!
Which is why my wife Liz ands I were sitting in our car at Greenfield Dock on the banks of the river Dee estuary on the North Wales coast, being rocked by gale force gusts and battered with hailstones, waiting for a storm cell to pass by overhead.
I was hoping for a blast of sunlight just as the storm passed us by and moved out over the waters of the estuary, as I reckoned there would be a good chance of a rainbow as the sunlight shone thought the falling rain.
So as soon as the rain stopped hitting our car I was up and out to the viewpoint overlooking the estuary, setting up my camera with my widest wide angle lens to catch as much of a potential rainbow as possible.
And boy - was I in for a treat as a vivid arch burst into being over the windswept waters below, even breaking out into a double rainbow for a few minutes.
I managed to keep filming for pretty much the whole life of the rainbow, which was about ten minutes, before the next rain squall moved in, the sunlight faded and large raindrops started pelting down on my camera and me.
Time to call it a day and beat a hasty retreat back to the car!
Filename - greenfield rainbow timelapse 01
Camera - Canon EOS 6DMK2
Lens - 17-40mm zoom @ 17mm
Exposure (start of sequence) - 1/60 sec @ f/4, ISO100
Exposure (end of sequence) - 1/60 sec @ f/4, ISO100
Filters - Polarising filter used to enhance the rainbow colours. 2 stop neutral density graduated filter used to reduce the brightness of the sky relative to the sea.
Shooting interval - 2 seconds
Location - Greenfield Dock, North Wales
This clip - HD 720p, 30fps (4K and HD formats also available)
Clip duration - 12 seconds
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