Finally some decent weather after a prolonged spell of damp, grey clag over North Wales.
It's late November and up here at a latitude of 53°N the sun sets at around 4pm at this time of year, so a mad dash to the coast was the order of the afternoon for my wife Liz and I, hoping to see a lovely sunset as a balm to the eyes and to the soul.
This far north in winter the sun sets roughly to the southwest, and there are only a few places on this predominantly north facing coastline that you can see it from.
One of the best is the view down the Menai Straits, the narrow sea channel that separates the Isle of Anglesey from the North Wales coast.
But even so I needed to get out a good way from the actual shore to catch the sunset over the still waters of the Straits.
This is where local knowledge comes into play, as I know there is a decaying wooden and concrete jetty at just the right spot to allow me a view of the sunset from its end platform.
But here's the rub, the jetty is only accessible at low tide, and with time running out I was forced to paddle through some rather deep pools to get to my chosen spot.
I tried to rock hop my way to the jetty's end without getting too wet, but it wasn't to be and before long my hiking boots were filled with freezing seawater.
Having finally achieved my objective I wasted no time in setting up my camera and tripod to capture the final stages of the sunset, using the seaweed and barnacle encrusted jetty pilings in silhouette to frame the sun as it dropped down to, and then below the far horizon.
By now my feet were freezing, but the colours in the sky were so beautiful that I just couldn't tear myself away and spend another hour or so filming the dusk and twilight as a crescent moon slowly set over the far mountains of the Llyn Peninsula.
You can watch my Menai Straits Dusk Timelapse #1 video by following the link.
It was very dark when I'd finally finished photographing, and I'm glad to say that the tide was now fully out so I didn't get wet again on the way back to our parked car where Liz was patiently knitting waiting for me to complete the shoot.
Well worth getting a little wet for!
Filename - menai straits sunset timelapse 04
Camera - Canon EOS 6D
Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 28mm
Exposure (start of sequence) - 1/2500 sec @ f4, ISO100
Exposure (end of sequence) - 1/50 sec @ f4, ISO100
Filters - 2 stop neutral density graduated filter used to balance the brightness of the sky with its reflection.
Shooting interval - 6 seconds
Location - Menai Straits, Anglesey, North Wales
This clip - HD 720p, 30fps (4K+, and 1080p HD formats also available)
Clip duration - 20 seconds
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