The North Wales coast in summer is a great place to come for photographing sunrises to the northeast and sunsets to the northwest.
With big skies and active weather systems there's rarely a dull moment, atmospherically speaking.
The only problem is deciding where to go, with dozens of potential locations for catching a lovely view available.
This particular evening found me about half an hour's drive from home on the beach at Talacre, with the uniquely positioned Point of Ayr lighthouse in front of me and high altitude clouds streaming by overhead, catching the light of the lowering sun to the west.
I started shooting stills around an hour before sunset, and with the sun still quite high above the horizon I decided to point my lens away from the brightest part of the sky and concentrate instead on filming the movements of the clouds over the lighthouse.
But after about forty minutes the sun sank into a bank of cloud on the western horizon, taking the edge off the huge contrast in that part of the sky but still shining onto the higher altitude clouds, causeing them to radiate with golden glow that was most beautiful.
So I stopped shooting stills from my original position, moved a few metres to the right, recomposed and started shooting a fresh batch of still images in the direction of the occluded sunset, to make the video you see here.
In addition to the glorious lighting I knew that there was a new moon and corresponding high tide that evening, so I kept on shooting stills as the tide rapidly covered the gently sloping beach and surrounded the lighthouse as the light daded from the sky.
After just over an hour's filming, with the light almost gone, I called it a night and headed home, delighted to have witnessed, and been able to photograph, such a breathtaking scene.
Filename - talacre tide timelapse 01.mp4
Camera - Canon 6D
Lens - 24-105mm zoom @24mm
Exposure (start of sequence)
2 secs, f4, ISO100
Exposure (end of sequence)
5 secs, f4, ISO3200
Time between exposures - 6 secs
Location - Talacre, North Wales
This clip - HD 720p
Clip duration - 24 secs
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