My alarm went off at the unearthly hour of 3am, which is par for the course if you want to catch a sunrise at midsummer on the North Wales coast.
The forecast promise of clear skies and calm conditions was the motivating factor behind my early start, and with the sky already starting to lighten to the northeast I took the forty five minute drive to one of my favourite sunrise locations - the North Shore promenade at Llandudno.
For a couple of weeks around the midsummer solstice, and given a clear horizon, the sun will rise tantalisingly behind the offshore wind turbines of the Colwyn Bay windfarm when viewed from the promenade, hence my choice of location.
With sunrise scheduled for 4.45am I actually had half an hour to spare before needing to fix up my camera with its longest lens to catch the action, so with the tide racing in up the beach I used the time to make this short time lapse sequence before of my favourite wooden jetty getting submerged under the sea.
I couldn't keep filming this scene until high tide as I had an appointment with the sunrise to keep, but even so this little time lapse clip, shot in a brief window of spare time, is rather engaging.
Filename - llandudno tide timelapse 03.mp4
Camera - Canon EOS 6D
Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 24mm
Exposure (start of sequence) - 8 secs @ f4, ISO100
Exposure (end of sequence) - 4 secs @ f4, ISO100
Filters - 6 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 - 8 seconds
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