It was an impromtu decision that my wife Liz and I took to drive the ten minutes from our home near Mold up to the Pen Barras car park on the slopes of our local hill, Moel Famau, to watch the sun setting over the Vale of Clwyd in North Wales.
All went well at first, with dramatic clouds sweeping by overhead, catching the light of the rapidly setting sun just as I'd hoped, and perfect for a spot of time lapse photography.
But conditions soon changed, as they so often do in this part of the world, as a band of heavy rain appeared at the southern end of the Vale, moving rapidly towards us.
The arrival of the rain looked great through my viewfinder though, so instead of packing my camera away as spots of rain began to fall on us, I covered over as much of the camera body and lens as I could with my wooly hat and left it running.
But the rain soon arrived in earnest, covering my neutral density graduated filter with spots, and I realised it was time to beat a hasty retreat back to our car.
Never mind though, as I'd managed twenty minutes of shooting, equivalent to twenty seconds of video at an exposure every two seconds (as fast as my camera can record RAW files), and the final video looked great with those dramatic clouds and bands of rain sweeping across the landscape.
Whoever said that bad weather makes for good photographs knew what they were talking about!
Filename - vale of clwyd timelapse 07.mp4
Camera - Canon EOS 6D
Lens - 17-40mm zoom @ 19mm
Exposure (start of sequence) - 1/20 sec @ f4, ISO100
Exposure (end of sequence) - 1/3 sec @ f4, ISO100
Filters - 3 stop neutral density graduated filter used to darken the sky.
Shooting interval - 2 seconds
Location - Moel Famau, North Wales
This clip - HD 720p, 30fps
Clip duration - 19 seconds
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