I've always been fascinated by the clockwork like movements of the solar system, demonstrating God's creative wisdom for all to see.
One aspect of this movement here on earth is the twice daily tides, influenced by the relative positions of the sun and moon.
Indeed, so precise are these movements that the tide can be predicted with a high degree accuracy everywhere in the world.
Living near the North Wales coast, with its particularly dramatic tidal flows, I tend to take full advantage of this predictable phenomenon when planning a time lapse shoot, as tidal movements over a couple of hours or more make for a great spectacle when speeded up three hundred times or so.
So with high tide just before sunrise in late May 2018 I set off from home at 3.30am to film the tide going out as the sun rose over the Irish Sea at Llandudndo North Shore.
As well as pointing in the right direction for a summer sunrise, Llandudno North Shore has a number of shoreline features that are covered and revealed as the tide comes in and goes out.
For this shoot I chose one of my favourites, the slatted wooden jetty at the pier end of the beach, that I knew would be slowly revealed by the receding waters.
I started my camera off recording stills with the tripod legs in the water just at the point of highest tide, knowing that my gear would soon be left high and dry, and was soon rewarded with some lovely details in the cloud wracked sky as the sun rose and the jetty was slowly revealed from underneath the sea.
My only regret from a lovely morning at the coast was that I had to stop filming sooner than I would have wanted, due to having to go to work.
still a wonderful experience though!
Filename - llandudno tide timelapse 02.mp4
Camera - Canon EOS 6D
Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 24mm
Exposure (start of sequence) - 8 secs @ f4, ISO3200
Exposure (end of sequence) - 2 secs @ f4, ISO100
Filters - 10 stop neutral density filter used to allow long exposures to smooth the water movements. 2 stop neutral density graduated filter used to balance the exposure between the sky and foreground.
Shooting interval - 10 seconds
Location - Llandudno, North Wales
This clip - HD 720p, 30fps
Clip duration - 22 seconds
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