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Penmon Tide Timelapse #1

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One of the most beautiful and atmospheric places on the North Wales coast is Penmon Point, on the southeast tip of the lovely Isle of Anglesey.

With its iconic lighthouse just offshore and Puffin Island in the background, this is a location that just overwhelmes the senses with visual, auditory and olefactory treats.

Normally I come here pre-dawn to experience the peace and solitude before the day trippers arrive, but on this occasion my wife Liz and I made the hour and a half drive here after tea, in order to catch the turn of the tide an hour before sunset.

It was the combination of an extreme low tide at new moon and the promise of a clear sky leading up to sunset that convinced me to make the trip, with the express purpose of shooting this time lapse video of the tide coming in around the lighthouse as the white painted tower caught the warmth of the setting sun.

Well I wasn't disappointed in what I saw that evening as a beautiful scene unfolded in front of my camera's lens, just as I had envisioned it. A rare occurence!

The only thing that happened not according to plan was the arrival of an angler just as I had started to film, who bravely tried fishing from the base of the lighthouse but only stayed a couple of minutes before escaping just ahead of the rising tide.

If you look carefully at the beginning of the video you can just catch sight of him coming and going.

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Video data

Filename - penmon tide timelapse 01.mp4

Camera - Canon EOS 6D

Lens - 17-40mm zoom @ 17mm

Exposure (start of sequence) - 4 secs @ f4, ISO100
Exposure (end of sequence) - 6 secs @ f4, ISO400

Filters - 10 stop neutral density filter used to prolong exposure times to smooth the appearance of the sea. 2 stop neutral density filter used to balance the brightness between sky and sea.

Shooting interval - 6 seconds

Location - Penmon Point, Anglesey, North Wales

This clip - HD 720p, 30fps

Clip duration - 19 seconds