A brief window of good weather in mid December 2020 was all the incentive my wife Liz and I needed to hop in the car and set off for the beautiful Isle of Anglesey, just off the North Wales coast.
With sunset at 4pm at this time of year we didn't have much time to mess about, so we went straight to our chosen destination of Porth Dafarch on Holy Island, without taking any of our usual diversions around the numerous beauty spots that Anglesey boasts.
Porth Dafarch is a stunning little bay, bounded by rocky cliffs and with a sandy beach punctuated by large rock outcrops.
But more importantly from my point of view, it faces southwest, which means that the sun sets between the headlands for a couple of weeks either side of the winter solstice.
Another bonus for me this year was that the tide was far out, having just turned, so there were acres of wet sand in front of me, reflecting the glorious sunset skies above.
So it was quickly out with all the photographic paraphenalia needed to shoot the hundreds of still images required to make this time lapse sequence as the sun sank quickly towards the horizon.
But before the sun had dropped too far we were treated to a magnificent display of sunbeams, or crepuscular rays to give them their scientific term, as broken cloud swept across the horizon from the west.
Just wonderful, and I didn't really mind that those clouds blocked the actual sunset along the Irish Sea's horizon, having provided such a jaw dropping lightshow just a few minutes earlier.
Filename - porth dafarch timelapse 04
Camera - Canon EOS6DMK2
Lens (1st sequence) - 24-105mm zoom @ 47mm
Lens (2nd sequence) - 100-400mm zoom @ 180mm
Exposure (start of sequence) - 1/4000 sec @ f/4, ISO100
Exposure (end of sequence) - 1/50 sec @ f/5, ISO100
Filters (1st sequence) - 2-3 stop neutral density reverse graduated filter used to reduce the brightness of the sky at the horizon.
Filters (2nd sequence) - None.
Shooting interval - 3 seconds
Location - Porth Dafarch, Anglesey, North Wales
This clip - HD 720p, 30fps (4K, and 1080p HD formats also available)
Clip duration - 32 seconds
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