The prospect of clear skies at dawn and a full moon setting over the hills of the Clwydian Range Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) on a lovely spring morning had me eagerly getting out of bed at 4am.
My chosen spot to film this time lapse from was the limestone escarpment at Loggerheads Country Park in North Wales, just a ten minute drive from my home near Mold.
I arrived on top of the escarpment after a lung busting climb, fully laden with camera bag and tripod, with still quite some time in hand before the moon would be close enough to the hills to start my moonset time lapse.
So I zoomed right in to the moon, to use the spare time shooting a preliminary time lapse sequence of just the moon tracking across the slowly lightening sky.
This proved to be a good move, as there was a light mist in the air which caused a glowing nimbus to form around the bright moon, adding a touch of mystery to the view.
It only took twenty minutes for the moon to track right across my camera's viewfinder and 'exit stage right', and then it was time for the main event of the moon setting over the hills as the sky got brighter and brighter.
By now the landscape was picking up some of the pre-dawn light, making a beautiful foreground against which to set the slowly sinking moon until the moon final disappeared into the inevitable bank of cloud of the western horizon.
What a wonderful chance just to watch and photograph as the amazing clockwork of the solar system goes about its God ordained celestial dance - just for me!
Filename - moonset timelapse 09.mp4
Camera - Canon EOS 6D
Lens - 100-400mm zoom @ 150mm
Exposure (start of sequence) - 1/25 sec @ f5, ISO100
Exposure (end of sequence) - 1/40 sec @ f5, ISO100
Filters - None.
Shooting interval - 3 seconds
Location - Clwydian Range AONB, North Wales
This clip - HD 720p, 30fps
Clip duration - 16 seconds
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