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Dawn and sunrise at Penmon Point

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Once or twice a year, around midsummer, I make a very early in the morning pilgrimage to one of the most lovely and peaceful places on the planet - Penmon Point on the beautiful Isle of Anglesey.

With sunrise at around 5am, and with twilight colours tingeing the eastern horizon a couple of hour before that, I aim to be on-site, camera set up and ready to go by 3.30am at the latest.

With an hour and a quarter's drive from my home in Mold, this means an alarm call at 1.45am. Hence the reason I only do this very occasionally, and only when I'm sure the weather is going to play ball!

The summer of 2017, as usual, had very mixed weather, but with a forecast of clear skies overnight and on into the morning one Monday in early July it was game on.

I duly arrived at Penmon Point at the desired time, with the pre-dawn colours of nautical twilight just colouring the sky and no-one else around, just me with the sights, sounds and smells that are so unique to this place early in the morning.

For the first hour and a half I watched entranced as as the eastern horizon grew brighter and more colourful as the sun edges slowly closer to the horizon, silhouetting Penmon Point lighthouse and Puffin Island against a firey backdrop.

A little while before sunrise the tide reached its highest point and started to recede again, so I repositioned myself and my camera right at the water's edge, to catch the seaweed covered rocks slowly being exposed as the sun rose.

A few minutes later the sun rose in it's high summer posoption to the northeast, behind Puffin Island, and eventually crested the top of the island half an hour later, in all its glowing brilliance.

I carried on filming as long as I could, before finally stopping at 6.15am in order to make the drive back home and on to the factory where I spend my days.

But what a way to start a day - three hours spent in solitude in such a wonderful place, enveloped in the beauty of God's creation and marvelling at His wisdom in how the solar system works.

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Video data

Filename - penmon timelapse 06.mp4

Camera - Canon EOS 6D

Lens (1st sequence) - 17-40mm zoom @ 17mm
Lens (2nd sequence) - 17-40mm zoom @22mm

Exposure (start of sequence) - 6 secs @f4, ISO1600
Exposure (end of sequence) - 1/500sec @f4, ISO100

Shooting interval - 10 seconds

Location - Penmon Point, Anglesey, North Wales

This clip - HD 720p, 30fps

Clip duration - 34 seconds