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Sunset Timelapse #33

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The wonderful thing about sunsets is that every one is different, especially on the North Wales coast, a region with very active weather.

One of the best places to view a sunset on this stretch of coast is from the West Shore at Llandudno, as this west facing bit of beach gives a great view seawards at any time of year.

This particular time lapse clip was filmed in September, and I was hoping for a clear sky down to the horizon, together with calm conditions, so I could shoot using a long lens and capture the sun disappearing into the sea.

But as happens so many times on the North Wales coast the weather wasn't quite as predicted, with a stiff breeze blowing chunks of broken cloud along the horizon, effectively hiding the sun.

So forget plan 'A' and move to plan 'B'.

In any sort of breeze using a long lens is out, as the camera twitches around between frames and makes for a very jittery video, so a medium focal length became the order of the day.

The next plan change was the subject matter.

Instead of zooming in on the sun I concentrated instead on the clouds, taking in a quite dramatic display of crepuscular rays as sunbeams found gaps in the wrack.

So in the end, even though things didn't go according to my original plan, I think the alternative worked even better than the original, thanks to those stunning sunbeams.

So the lesson for me here is to be flexible and always consider an alternative shoot if what you originally planned for didn't turn out.

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Video data

Filename - sunset timelapse 33.mp4

Camera - Canon EOS 6D

Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 82mm

Exposure (start of sequence) - 1/1000 sec @ f4, ISO100
Exposure (end of sequence) - 1/125 sec @ f4, ISO100

Filters - 2 stop neutral density filter used to balance the exposure between sky and sea.

Shooting interval - 3 seconds

Location - Llandudno West Shore, North Wales

This clip - HD 720p, 30fps

Clip duration - 20 seconds