Just about a year ago, in August 2017, I conducted a time lapse shoot at Porth Dafarch on the coast of Anglesey, North Wales, in the hope of capturing the movement of the milky way over this south facing beach, together with the movement of the tide.
Unfortunately the arrival of heavy cloud cover put paid to that attempt, which you can watch here.
At the time I promised myself a return trip under better weather conditions, and in August 2018 my opportunity came.
This time the skies were unusually clear, and I was able to film through the night, capturing the milky way arching over the bay and also the planet Mars during one of its closest orbits for many years.
So all in all a good night then, my only problem was how popular Porth Dafarch turned out to be, with cars zooming past on a regular basis lighting up the cliffs and groups of teenagers conducting torchlight excursions down to the sea at all sorts of unreasonable hours!
Still, even with flashes of foreground light, the view of the heavens wheeling above the coast is mighty impressive.
Filename - porth dafarch night timelapse 02.mp4
Camera - Canon EOS 6D
Lens - 14mm prime
Exposure (start of sequence) - 3.2 secs @ f2.8, ISO100
Exposure (middle of sequence) - 15 secs @ f2.8, ISO6400
Exposure (end of sequence) - 15 secs @ f2.8, ISO200
Filters - None.
Shooting interval - 15 seconds
Location - Porth Dafarch, Anglesey, North Wales
This clip - HD 720p, 30fps
Clip duration - 52 seconds
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