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Moon Time Lapse #12

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The story behind this video

A winter's morning climb up my local hill, Moel Famau in the Clwydian Range Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, proved to be a somewhat soggy and cold affair.

With a low cloudbase I found myself walking along in my own little world, surrounded by fog and unable to see anything beyond a few metres.

Having made it to the summit I was on my way back down when all of a sudden I started noticing some stars appearing.

Yes! The skies were finally clearing, and as I looked to the southeast I saw the thin crescent of a waning moon just clearing the slopes of the ancient iron age hill fort of Foel Fenlli.

In this phase, with the moon rising just before sunrise, the face of the moon picks up a lot of reflected light from the earth (earthlight), allowing features not nomally visible to be seen.

Time to get the camera out then, to captutre the hundreds of still images needed to make this time lapse, before those clouds closed back in again.

In the end I managed just half an hour of shooting before the weather closed back in and the moon disappeared for the day.

Never mind though, as what started out as a rather unpleasant climb turned into a visual treat, albeit a short lived one!

Video data

Filename - moon timelapse 12.mp4

Camera - Canon 6D

Lens - 100-400mm zoom @ 400mm

Exposure (start of sequence) - 1/2 sec @ f5.6, ISO1600
Exposure (end of sequence) - 1/2 sec @ f5.6, ISO1600

Filters - None.

Shooting interval - 3 seconds

Location - Clwydian Range AONB, North Wales

This clip - HD 720p 30fps (4k and 1080p HD versions also available)

Clip duration - 15 secs