A calm, clear evening on the North Wales coast at Llandudno and my wife Liz and I were enjoying a stroll along the North Shore promenade, sipping coffes as we went along.
Normally we'll head to the West Shore to watch the sunset, but for a few weeks either side of midsummer the sunset is visible from the North Shore, grazing the limestone headland of the Great Orme as it drops down the the horizon on the Irish Sea.
This is a real visual treat, and I wasn't about to klet the opportunity to catch the event as a time lapse pass by.
So our stroll turned into a bit of a forced march as we headed back to the car in order for me to set up my camera, with my longest lens fitted, and start taking the hundreds of still images needed to create this time lapse.
Using a long lens (100-400mm zoom @ 400mm) to shoot a time lapse is a bit of a fraught experience, as any gust of wind or attempt to touch the camera will result in a very visible twitch in the final video.
So I had to make a judgement on exposure settings, starting the sequence with a lot of over exposure to make sure I was still getting detail in the much darker conditions as the sun disappeared.
In the end, everything worked out OK. There was no wind and the sun performed its slide down the side of the Great Orme to perfection, resulting in a lovely, smooth time lapse.
So we drove back home happy, having seen and photographed a beautiful sunset.
Filename - llandudno sunset timelapse 08.mp4
Camera - Canon EOS 6D
Lens - 100-400mm zoom @ 400mm
Exposure (start of shoot) - 1/160 sec @ f5.6, ISO100
Exposure (end of shoot) - 1/160 sec @ f5.6, ISO100
Filters - None.
Shooting interval - 2 seconds
Location - Llandudno, North Wales
This clip - HD 720p, 30fps (4k & 1080p versions available)
Clip duration - 20 seconds
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