A dawn climb up and down my local hill, Moel Famau, the highest peak in the Clwydian Range Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), left me breathless but invigorated, ready to face the new spring day.
I wasn't planning on any photography that morning but, as usual, I had my camera kit with me in the boot of the car, and I'm very glad I did.
As I arrived back at the Pen Barras car park after my climb I looked to the east, along the valley between the twin peaks of Moel Famau and Foel Fenlli, only to see the sun just breaking the horizon in a small gap under a bank of heavy cloud that covered the rest of the sky.
My inner calm vanished in an instant as I dragged all my camera gear out of the car in a rush to set up my system to record the short lived sunrise as a time lapse.
This is where experience and practise helps, as I didn't have to think about what I was doing as I set all the camera's controls to my default time lapse settings and started shooting.
Twenty minutes later and the show was over as the sun disappeared behind those clouds and it was time to calm down again for the drive back home.
An hour's worth of exercise followed by an unexpected time lapse shoot - what a great way to start the day!
Filename - moel famau sunrise timelapse 01.mp4
Camera - Canon EOS 6D
Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 50mm
Exposure (start of sequence) - 1/160 sec @ f4, ISO100
Exposure (end of sequence) - 1/640 sec @ f4, ISO100
Filters - None.
Shooting interval - 6 seconds
Location - Clwydian Range AONB, North Wales
This clip - HD 720p, 30fps
Clip duration - 10 seconds
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