Just a half hour drive from my home in Northeast Wales is the wonderfully photogenic beach at Talacre, featuring the iconic and rather strange abandoned Point of Ayr lighthouse, sticking out of the sand in a most improbable manner.
With a few hours to spare one evening in February 2019 I decided to brave the elements and carry out this time lapse shoot, capturing the view from various angles as twilight faded into night.
Arriving at the location I was delighted to find that the high tide had left a large pool of still water sitting in a shallow depression in the sand, ideal for capturing a reflection of the sky and lighthouse and an added bonus as I thought that foreground interest would be hard to find in an expanse of dark, featureless sand.
I started shooting at just before 7pm, while there was still some light in the sky, using the lighthouse as my point of interest.
Then at 8.30pm I reversed my viewing direction to catch the moon rising over the beach, using that handy tidal pool to give me a lovely light/dark contrast in the foreground as moonlit wispy clouds floated by overhead.
I finally stopped shooting at 9.20pm, more than ready to get back home for a warm up but delighted with having seen and filmed such a lovely and interesting scene.
Filename - talacre night timelapse 01.mp4
Camera - Canon EOS 6D
Lens (1st sequence) - 17-40mm zoom @ 27mm
Lens (2nd sequence) - 17-40mm zoom @ 40mm
Lens (3rd sequence) - 17-40mm zoom @ 29mm
Exposure (start of shoot) - 8 secs @ f4, ISO800
Exposure (mid shoot) - 8 secs @ f4, ISO6400
Exposure (end of shoot) - 8 secs @ f4, ISO400
Filters - None.
Shooting interval - 10 seconds
Location - Talacre, North Wales
This clip - HD 720p, 30fps (5K, 4K, HD and web versions available).
Clip duration - 29 seconds
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