Most of my photographic projects take serious amounts of planning, preparation, travel, hiking, climbing and general suffering in the cold and damp to achieve.
While just a very few require nothing more than rolling out of bed on a warm pre-dawn morning and setting the camera off clicking away while enjoying an early breakfast and cup of coffee.
Such was the case on this day in February as I woke early in our holiday apartment at the Golf del Sur on the south coast of Tenerife and decided to get up and see what the dawn would bring.
Setting my camera up on our balcony overlooking the central courtyard of the resort where we were staying for the week, it was still fully dark as I set off photographing the hundreds of frames required to make this timelapse sequence.
But this close to the equator the various stages of twilight and sunrise happen much more quickly than I'm used to when photographing at my home latitude of 53°N, and it wasn't very long before the first traces of blue light were creeping across the sky from the east.
I sat and watched, making occasional changes to my camera's exposure settings as the light grew stronger and the sun finally rose, bathing the white painted buildings of the resort in a delicate pink light that turned to gold and then to white as the sunlight gained in strength and elevation.
Nothing dramatic happened, it was just a peaceful start to a new day as I sat, thought and worshipped the God who put in place such a wonderful celestial mechanism.
Filename - tenerife hotel timelapse 01.mp4
Camera - Canon EOS 6D
Lens - 17-40mm zoom @ 17mm
Exposure (start of sequence) - 1 sec @ f4, ISO100
Exposure (end of sequence) - 1/1000 sec @ f4, ISO100
Filters - None
Capture interval - 10 seconds
Location - Golf del Sur, Tenerife, Canary Islands
This clip - HD 720p
Clip duration - 25 seconds
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