Every now and then there's a burst of solar activity that results in a strong aurora, visible from the North Wales coast.
I've been trying to film a time lapse of these rare and sudden occurences for a few years now, but without success.
So Liz and I got quite excited in early September 2017, when an unexpected solar flare caused a burst of aurora activity over a couple of nights.
So we headed off to a prime aurora viewing location to try and catch the action, Penmon Point on the beautiful Isle of Anglesey.
We weren't alone, as a number of other aurora chasers had also turned up here, so we had nice time chatting to other enthusiasts as my camera clicked away as sunset, then twilight, then dusk and finally full dark arrived.
Unfortunately, and true to North Wales form, the weather didn't play ball, with increasingly heavy cloud blowing over from the west culminating in a dose of heavy rain that had us all scurrying back to our cars.
Mind you, we did see some unusual blue light in the sky inbetween the dollops of cloud, but perhaps that was wishful thinking!
So although we were disappointed with the lack of aurora, the resulting time lapse of clouds streaming over the iconic lighthouse as night fell was very pleasing in its own right, and quite dramatic to watch.
So we'll keep an eye out for the next burst of aurora activity, and perhaps have more success next time.
Filename - penmon dusk timelapse 01.mp4
Camera - Canon EOS 6D
Lens - 17-40mm zoom @ 22mm
Exposure (start of sequence) - 2 secs @ f4, ISO100
Exposure (end of sequence) - 10 sec @ f4, ISO6400
Filters - none.
Shooting interval - 10 seconds
Location - Penmon Point, Anglesey, North Wales
This clip - HD 720p, 30fps
Clip duration - 13 seconds
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