The second week of December 2017 saw significant snowfall accompanied by a really cold snap over the valleys and mountains of my home in North Wales.
Once the snow clouds had passed away eastwards we were left with clear skies and plummeting temperatures overnight - ideal conditions for a spot of chilly early morning photography.
Rising at 3.45am, and with a clear idea of where to go (local knowledge helps here), I drove ten minutes to the Loggerheads Country Park and climbed up to the top of the limestone escarpment that overlooks the Clwydian Range Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
At a cool -7°C on the car's thermometer, both the camera and I needed some special protection to keep working.
For me it was my wife's hand knitted extra woolly socks, and for the camera it was one of my homemade lens heaters to stop the front element of my 14mm prime from icing up.
The view from the top of the escarpment was as stunning as I'd hoped, with stars shining brightly in the deep blue night sky over the Clwydians, a few clouds blowing over and a quarter moon casting some light over the snow covered landscape.
In fact, if you watch the video and look at the foreground snow you can see the shadows of trees moving across the ground as the crescent moon rises higher in the sky during the course of the shoot.
The 400+ frames for this time lapse sequence took two hours to shoot, between 4.30am and 6.30am, and with astronomical twilight ending at 6.08am on that particular morning, I packed up for the climb back down to my car just as the sky was beginning to visibly lighten to the east.
What a wonderful way to start the day, watching God's clockwork in action!
Filename - loggerheads timelapse 03.mp4
Camera - Canon EOS 6D
Lens - 14mm prime
Exposure (start of sequence) - 15 secs @ f5.6, ISO6400
Exposure (end of sequence) - 15 secs @ f5.6, ISO6400
Filters - None.
Shooting interval - 15 seconds
Location - Loggerheads Country Park, North Wales
This clip - HD 720p, 30fps
Clip duration - 13 seconds
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