Admiral Lord Nelson described the Menai Straits, separating the Isle of Anglesey from the North Wales coast, as one of the most dangerous navigable stretches of water in the world.
And the most dangerous part, lying between the Thomas Telford suspension bridge and the Robert Stephenson Britannia Bridge, known as the 'Swellies', is shown here in this video on a rising tide.
But it wasn't so much the tidal race that drew my attention on this occasion.
Rather it was the dramatic chiaroscuro lighting, with the bridge and foreground brightly lit by the light of the low angled late afternoon sun, while the mountains of Snowdonia in the background were in shadow, and full of brooding menace.
Filename - menai straits video 01
Camera - Canon EOS 6DMK2 DSLR
Lens - 24-105mm zoom
Exposure - Aperture and ISO set to achieve a shutter speed of 1/60 sec
Filters - 2 stop neutral density graduated filter used to reduce the brightness of the sky relative to the land.
Location - Menai Straits, Anglesey, North Wales
This clip - HD 720p, 30fps (1080p HD format also available)
Clip duration - 53 seconds
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