A very early start found me on the beach at Talacre at 4am on a chilly May morning, with the eastern horizon just starting to glow with the first light of dawn.
The high tide was lapping around the legs of my tripod and my wellies as I set up to start shooting the 700+ still images required for this time lapse video, featuring the iconic Point of Ayr lighthouse sticking out of the sand and surrounded by the gentle waters of the Irish Sea.
It wasn't long before the high tide started to recede, revealing more of the beach around the lighthouse as the twilight grew in intensity, with a lovely colour gradation from the orange of the horizon to the deep blue of the unlit sky overhead.
After an hour's shooting, just after 5am, the sun rose behind a band of cloud on the horizon, lighting up the higher clouds in coruscating swirls of intense colour before finally appearing in a burst of white light.
I kept on filming for another hour as the light grew in intensity with the sun climbing though more bands of cloud, putting on a great show over the lighthouse as high cirrus clouds swept by in the upper reaches of the atomosphere.
All too soon it was time to pack up and head home, just in time for breakfast and the commute to the factory for the day's work.
But what a way to start a day!
Filename - talacre tide timelapse 03.mp4
Camera - Canon EOS 6D
Lens - 17-40mm zoom @ 17mm
Exposure (start of sequence) - 6 secs @ f4, ISO200
Exposure (end of sequence) - 1/400 sec @ f4, ISO100
Filters - 3 stop neutral density graduated filter used to darken the sky.
Shooting interval - 10 seconds
Location - Talacre, North Wales
This clip - HD 720p 30fps
Clip duration - 27 seconds.
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