It's late October and the Orionids meteor shower is at its peak.
Which is why I'm to be found on the slopes of Moel Famau in the Clywdian Range Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) at 3.30am on a cold but clear morning, camera pointed skywards and to the south, hoping to catch the action.
Two problems confront me, the first being a bright crescent moon which is slowly rising in the sky to the east, lighting up the darkness and washing out the fainter stars, and the second being a lacy layer of high cloud undulating across the heavens over the summit of Foel Fenlli, catching the yellowish light from the market town of Ruthin in the Vale of Clwyd below my lofty perch.
Nevertheless, I'm filled with hope and expectation as, while setting up my camera with all its nightime time lapse paraphenalia, I spot a bright comet shoot by overhead, quickly heading for a firey oblivion in the upper reaches of our atmosphere.
So for the next two and a half hours as my camera clicks away, I keep my eyes fixed skywards watching out for comets.
By the end of the shoot caused by the onset of civil twilight I've seen only five comets, none of which seemed to be in the direction my camera was pointing!
But never mind, as I reckon the final edited time lapse showing the movement of the constellation Orion behind those wispy clouds, and the arrival of the moon in the left of the frame, makes for compelling viewing even without any comets.
And there's always next year!
Filename - orion timelapse 04
Camera - Canon EOS 6D
Lens - 14mm prime
Exposure (start of sequence) - 15 secs @ f2.8, ISO6400
Exposure (end of sequence) - 15 secs @ f2.8, ISO6400
Filters - None.
Shooting interval - 15 seconds
Location - Clwydian Range AONB, North Wales
This clip - HD 720p, 30fps (4K+, and 1080p HD formats also available)
Clip duration - 20 seconds
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