The Isle of Anglesey, situated just off the North Wales coast, is a place of rugged beauty and a visual wonderland for photographers.
Roughly twenty five miles across, the island is a sort of square with coasts giving views to every point of the compass.
This makes it a great location for seeing magnificent sunrises and sunsets all year round, a fact I take full advantage of.
In the summer I'll be found facing northeast for the dawn light and northwest to catch a sunset, while in the winter the southwest facing coastlines offer stunning views out over the Irish Sea as the sun dips over the horizon.
But being in a zone of very active weather it's rare indeed to see the sun setting, especially in winter when weather fronts roll in from the Atlantic Ocean on a conveyor belt (the gulfstream), bringing storms, cloud and rain in their wake.
So a forecast brief break in the weather in December 2018 was seized on as an opportunity to head to Anglesey and photograph the sunset, using the dramatic coastline as foreground interest.
But where to go for the best views?
This is where local knowledge, plus the ever useful Photographer's Ephemeris app, Ordinance Survey maps and tide tables come in very handy.
Having identified a couple of locations on the southwest facing coastline of Anglesey, my wife Liz and I set off to our chosen location, Porth Dafarch.
Porth Dafarch is a narrow, southwest facing bay, bounded on both sides by rocky headlands boasting some fascinating geological forms.
Because of its shape and direction, you can only see a sunset from here for a few weeks either side of the winter solstice, so this was an opportunity not to be missed.
With the tide fully out at sunset the sandy beach, punctuated by dramatic rock formations, was fully exposed which added further interest to the scene and I spent the next two hours photographing while Liz carried on with her latest knitting project.
Just after the sun had set the next band of cloud started rolling in from the sea, adding a dramatic finish to the sequence I was shooting, and I finally packed up delighted had having watched and been able to photograph such a beautiful scene.
Filename - porth dafarch timelapse 02.mp4
Camera - Canon 6D
Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 28mm
Exposure (start of sequence) - 1/1600 sec @ f4, ISO100
Exposure (end of sequence) - 1/15 sec @ f4, ISO100
Filters - 2 stop neutral density graduated filter used to darken the sky
Shooting interval - 6 seconds
Location - Porth Dafarch, Anglesey, North Wales
This clip - HD 720p 30fps
Clip duration - 24 secs
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