Most of the time, outdoor landscape photography is a quiet, calm, relaxed affair, but occasionally mad panic breaks out!
Such was the case as I was driving back along the road from Rhyl to Prestatyn on the North Wales coast when a towering mass of boiling cloud in front of me decided to let loose a downpour.
With the sun setting behind me, a fantastic rainbow burst into life as the warm light refracted through the falling raindrops.
So then it was a case of quickly finding the best available viewpoint to catch the fleeting action, with Barkby Beach right next to the old Pontins holiday camp proving to be the ideal spot.
I rather rapidly parked up and set up my camera and tripod, remembering to fit my polariser in order to really bring out the vivid rainbow colours against the dark skies above, and started to shoot the stills for this time lapse.
I'd only been going for ten minutes or so, with the rainbow getting bigger and brighter all the time, when the rain reached me.
Big, fat, heavy droplets that soaked me and streamed down the upturned face of my polariser.
I covered my camera with a handy shower cap to keep the electrics dry and tried to keep shooting, but when hailstones started to bounce off my bald head I knew it was time to call a halt!
So I retreated to the car, just a few paces away thankfully, and dried off my polariser, hoping that the rain would stop at my location, but still keep going to the east, to maintain the rainbow further along the coast.
Well my wish was granted, and with the rain slackening off at Barkby Beach I ventured out again, this time armed with an umbrella, not for me but for the camera!
If anything, the rainbow was even more impressive than before, with a complete double bow arcing acrosss the heavens, so I kept on shooting while holding the umbrella above the camera until the clouds moved on and the rainbow slowly faded away.
Then it was time to drive home, soaked but buzzing with excitement at having seen such a magnificent display from the God who said 'Let there be light!'
Filename - prestatyn rainbow timelapse 01
Camera - Canon EOS 6D
Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 24mm
Exposure (start of sequence) - 1/250 sec @ f4, ISO100
Exposure (end of sequence) - 1/125 sec @ f4, ISO100
Filters - Polarising filter used to enhance the colours of the rainbow.
Shooting interval - 2 seconds
Location - Barkby Beach, Prestatyn, North Wales
This clip - HD 720p, 30fps (5K, 4K, and HD formats also available)
Clip duration - 21 seconds
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