Sometimes a marvellous scene just presents itself in front of you at a moment's notice and all you have to do is point your camera at it and click the shutter.
Other times however, a certain photo or video takes months, or even years, to capture sucessfully.
I'd had the concept for this time lapse video of the full moon setting over Moel Famau in the Clwydian Range Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), North Wales, in my head for years. Pretty much ever since I first saw this view looking west from the top of Loggerheads Country Park in fact.
But actually achieving my goal proved highly elusive, as the full moon will only set in this position twice a year, in early spring or late autumn, and neither of these times of year is known for clear skies in our part of the world!
So up to March 2107 I'd been frustrated in my attempts to film this spectacle, but finally in the early morning pre-dawn light of March 14th I acheived my goal and was able to film a time lapse over two hours of the moon setting just to the side of the Jubilee Tower on the top of Moel Famau.
Additional interest was provided by high altitude aircraft contrails which swept across the sky during the course of my vigil, and towards the end of the session some low cloud just hid the moon briefly as it finally dropped below the skyline.
While I'm quite pleased with this effort I still reckon there's better to come.
Now I've only got to wait another seven months before the opportunity to shoot this scene comes round again, and hope that the weather is kind!
Filename - moel famau moonset timelapse 01.mp4
Camera - Canon EOS 6D
Lens (1st sequence) - 24-105mm zoom @ 40mm
Lens (2nd sequence) - 100-400mm zoom @ 285mm
Exposure (start of sequence) - 13 secs @ f4, ISO100
Exposure (end of sequence) - 1/30 sec @ f5.6, ISO100
Filters - None
Capture interval (1st sequence) - 15 seconds
Capture interval (2nd sequence) - 4 seconds
Location - Moel Famau, Clwydian Range AONB, North Wales
This clip - HD 720p
Clip duration - 18 seconds
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