The summer of 2018 was special for many reasons, but mostly for the unprecedented spell of hot weather in late June and early July.
Taking advantage of the conditions, my wife Liz and I spent a Staurday evening, night and early Sunday morning at one of our favourite spots on the North Wales coast at Penmon Point on the beautiful Isle of Anglesey, intent on seeing the wonderful display of bioluminescence that had been occuring here over the past few nights.
Planning on staying for a long time, and with low tide happening just before sunset, I thought to combine our hunt for the glowing plankton with shooting a time lapse video of the tide coming in around the famous lighthouse and geologically wonderful rock formations that make this part of the coast so special.
In the end, I shot six hours of time lapse footage in four stages, from 8.30pm to 2.30am, covering the entire tidal range from before sunset, on through dusk, twilight and into night, until the sky to the northeast started to perceptively lighten with the approaching dawn of the next day.
A wonderful experience and a great time lapse sequence, but no bioluminescence to be seen!
Never mind, it's a great excuse to spend another night in this most unique place.
Filename - penmon tide timelapse 02.mp4
Camera - Canon EOS 6D
Lens (1st sequence)- 17-40mm zoom @ 17mm
Lens (2nd sequence)- 24-105mm zoom @ 24mm
Lens (3rd sequence)- 24-105mm zoom @ 47mm
Lens (4th sequence)- 24-105mm zoom @ 24mm
Exposure (start of shoot) - 1/2 sec @ f4, ISO100
Exposure (end of shoot) - 10 secs @ f4, ISO6400
Filters (1st sequence) - 6 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.
Filters (2nd, 3rd & 4th sequences) - 2 stop neutral density filter used to balance the brightness between sky and sea.
Shooting interval (1st sequence) - 10 seconds
Shooting interval (2nd, 3rd & 4th sequences) - 15 seconds
Location - Penmon Point, Anglesey, North Wales
This clip - HD 720p, 30fps
Clip duration - 51 seconds
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