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Penmon Dawn Timelapse #1

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The story behind this video

Being 'home alone' for a Saturday gave me the opportunity to do some time lapse filming under unusual circumstances.

The unusual circumstance on this occasion involved an alarm call at 2am, followed by an hour and a half drive to Penmon Point on the southeastern corner of the Isle of Anglesey, just off the North Wales coast.

This is a wonderful place, especially very early in the morning when there's no-one else around, and as the tide was near its lowest point I was able to walk right out to this spot close up to the iconic lighthouse in order to film the various stages of twilight.

Over on the eastern horizon the lights of Llandudno and the North Wales coastal strip were painting the low lying clouds orange while the full moon was illuminating the scene in front of me with its ghostly light.

Slowly, imperceptibly, the sky to the east started to lighten as the blue glow of twilight crept across the heavens, slowly pushing the orange artifical light from the coastal strip further and further back across the sky.

Eventually night turned to day and I drew this sequence of time lapse shooting to a close.

But that wasn't the end of my morning at Penmon Point, as I stayed for the next six hours, filming the tide as it rose from its lowest ebb right through its seven metre range to high tide at midday.

And you can watch my Penmon Tide Timelapse #3 video by following the link.

Video data

Filename - penmon dawn timelapse 01.mp4

Camera - Canon EOS 6D

Lens - 17-40mm zoom @ 17mm

Exposure (start of sequence) - 4 sec @ f4, ISO3200
Exposure (end of sequence) - 1/60 sec @ f4, ISO100

Filters - 2 stop neutral density graduated filter used to darken the sky.

Shooting interval - 6 seconds

Location - Penmon Point, Anglesey, North Wales

This clip - HD 720p, 30fps (5K, 4K, HD and web formats also available)

Clip duration - 18 seconds