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Porth Dafarch Night Timelapse #1

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Sometimes a planned photography session works as planned and sometimes it doesn't.

But when a plan doesn't come together as originally envisaged there's usually an alternative course of action that can be pursued, sometimes with suprising and unusual results.

Such was the case for this night time shoot at Porth Dafarch, a south facing bay on the Isle of Anglesey on the North Wales coast.

The weather forecast had promised clear skies that night, so I set off in the evening full of hope at being able to spend the night photographing a time lapse of the milky way tracking over the beach as the tide ebbed and flowed.

But when I got there, although a few stars were visible, there was a lot of cloud blowing across the sky, and that cloud was picking up significant light pollution from the nearby port of Holyhead, turning the scene a surreal orange colour.

What to do? Pack up and go home in disgust? Or make a start and see how things developed?

If I hadn't driven ninety odd miles to get there, I think the temptation to pack up would have won the day (night?), but having made the effort, and with it being quite a nice, warm night, I decided to carry on and see what a time lapse of orange night time clouds over the sea would look like.

What followed was a two and a half hour session, ending eventually at two in the morning, which resulted in this somewhat surreal time lapse video.

Certainly different to what I had planned to film, but quite watchable nonetheless.

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Video data

Filename - porth dafarch night timelapse 01.mp4

Camera - Canon EOS 6D

Lens - 14mm prime

Exposure (start of sequence) - 15 secs @ f2.8, ISO6400
Exposure (end of sequence) - 15 secs @ f2.8, ISO6400

Filters - None.

Shooting interval - 15 seconds

Location - Porth Dafarch, Anglesey, North Wales

This clip - HD 720p, 30fps

Clip duration - 18 seconds