For a few weeks either side of midsummer and given the right conditions it's possible to catch sight of strange, blue tinged glowing clouds high in the sky an hour or so after sunset or before sunrise.
These are the fabled noctilucent clouds, formed of ice crystals about 200,000 feet up which catch the light of the sun when it is still far below the horizon.
So when I woke up very early one summer's morning for a climb up my local hill, Moel Famau in the Clwydian Range Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty I was left speechless (not that there was anyone around to talk to!) at the stunning display of noctilucents that were swirling over the pine trees of the Clwydian Forest as I parked up on the slopes of Moel Famau.
Needless to say I didn't do any climbing that morning, I just stayed where I was as my camera clicked away, recording the light show going on overhead.
Eventually the sky brightened with the coming dawn to the point where the faint light of the noctilucent clouds vanished, to be replaced by the normal light of sunrise so I packed my gear away, still amazed at what I'd been priviledged to witness.
Filename - noctilucent timelapse 01.mp4
Camera - Canon 6D
Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 50mm
Exposure (start of sequence) - 4 secs @ f4, ISO400
Exposure (end of sequence) - 1.3 secs @ f4, ISO100
Filters - None.
Shooting interval - 6 seconds
Location - Moel Famau, North Wales
This clip - HD 720p 30fps
Clip duration - 15 secs
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