During our two week holiday spent exploring the beauties of Devon and Cornwall in September 2019 my wife Liz and I made several trips to Hartland Quay on the Atlantic coast of north Devon.
The scenery here was (and still is, no doubt) just jaw dropping, with a shoreline comprised of knife edge rocks constantly pummelled by the Atlantic ocean, backed by towering sea cliffs formed from strata twisted by huge forces into tortuous shapes.
As well as stunning natural scenery Hartland Quay benefitted from a number of more practical advantages that made it one of our most visited locations during our holiday, such as a hotel, pub, large car park and toilets!
But one very big advantage for me was its west facing aspect, giving a great view out over the Atlantic ocean to watch and film the sunset in relative comfort while sipping a take away coffee from the pub just a few paces away.
So with clear skies forecast it was a no brainer to head here for an evening's time lapse photography, catching the sun setting over those frightening rocks, slowly being exposed by the receding tide.
So while Liz enjoyed an evening's knitting I stood over my tripod making numerous tiny exposure adjustments as the sun sank below the horizon and dusk faded to twilight.
And I wasn't alone in enjoying an hour or so of photography, as if you look closely you can see a tiny figure amongst the rocks at the water's edge, hunched over a tripod catching the light from a lower perspective.
Filename - hartland quay timelapse 02
Camera - Canon EOS 6D
Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 40mm
Exposure (start of sequence) - 1/2000 sec @ f4, ISO100
Exposure (end of sequence) - 1/25 sec @ f4, ISO100
Filters - 2/3 stop neutral density reverse graduated filter used to reduce the brightness of the sky along the horizon.
Shooting interval - 6 seconds
Location - Hartland Quay, Devon, England
This clip - HD 720p, 30fps (4K+, and HD formats also available)
Clip duration - 18 seconds
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