Chilled day trippers brave the biting March winds on the North Wales coast, determined to enjoy their day out with a bracing stroll along the famous Victorian pier at Llandudno.
With an hour's free time to do something useful with I decided to join them, setting up my camera and tripod in a convenient bulge in the structure, giving me a view along the pier to the ornate pavillion at the far end.
I was here to create a time lapse sequence of those holiday makers moving rapidly to and fro along the pier in the somewhat wintery conditions, so to that end I fitted my 6 stop neutral density filter to my camera, in order to slow down the exposure time for each individual frame that I captured.
Without this filter I would have had to use a much faster shutter speed in the bright daylight, causing a very jerky and unpleasant rendering of the strollers' movements.
But at a much slower shutter speed of 1/4 second there was enough motion blur in each frame of the video to render the movement in the edited clip nice and smooth.
But half an hour's standing motionless in the chilly breeze was enough for me, and I was somewhat relieved when it was time to pack everything away and head off for a much appreciatred hot cup of coffee.
Filename - llandudno pier timelapse 01
Camera - Canon EOS 6DMK2
Lens - 17-40mm zoom @ 25mm
Exposure (start of sequence) - 1/4 sec @ f/4, ISO100
Exposure (end of sequence) - 1/4 sec @ f/4, ISO100
Filters - 6 stop neutral density filter used to increase exposure time and blur motion. 2 stop neutral density graduated filter used to reduce the brightness of the sky.
Shooting interval - 2 seconds
Location - Llandudno Pier, North Wales
This clip - HD 720p, 30fps (4K, and 1080p HD formats also available)
Clip duration - 21 seconds
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