If you want a spectacular spot from which to view either a sunrise or sunset, then the beach at Talacre on the North Wales coast is a pretty safe bet.
Mind you, being north facing, you only get the sun rising and setting over the sea during the summer months, but that's no bad thing as it can get pretty chilly on the beach in winter.
What makes Talacre beach so special is the iconic but abandoned Point of Ayr lighthouse, sticking out at quite a wonky angle from the sands and making a great focal point for any photograph or video.
A clear evening was forecast on this occasion, so I headed off to Talacre in good time to film the sunset as a time lapse sequence, lining my tripod mounted camera up so that the sun would pass behind the glass top of the lighthouse before setting behind the spinning turbines of the Colwyn Bay offshore windfarm.
My only problem was the stiffish breeze that was sweeping along the beach, causing my long lens to wobble noticeably while shooting the stills for my time lapse and resulting in a rather twitchy video, at least in the early stages of the session before the breeze died down somwhat as sunset approached.
Even so, my efforts resulted in what I think is a visually arresting video, and I've got a good excuse to go back and try again on the next clear, but windless evening.
Filename - talacre sunset timelapse 01.mp4
Camera - Canon EOS 6D
Lens - 100-400mm zoom @ 250mm
Exposure (start of sequence) - 1/4000 sec @ f5, ISO100
Exposure (end of sequence) - 1/100 sec @ f5, ISO100
Filters - None.
Shooting interval - 4 seconds
Location - Talacre, North Wales
This clip - HD 720p 30fps
Clip duration - 15 seconds.
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