Having been disappointed the previous evening, unable to see the 'blood moon' lunar eclipse of July 2018 due to cloud, I decided instead to see if I could capture the full moon setting over the Vale of Clwyd, together with a view of the planet Mars as it followed the moon down towards the horizon.
So a very early start found me in the Pen Barras car park on the slopes of my local hill, Moel Famau, overlooking the market town of Ruthin, nestled below me in the Vale.
It was a stunning morning, with broken cloud lit from behind by the moon, nicely balancing the streetlights of the town below.
As time went by the moon and Mars played a game of hide and seek in and out of the clouds as I happily watched, keeping and eye on the exposure levels of my camera as it clicked away taking the hundreds of RAW images needed to create this time lapse video.
As the moon finally sank into cloud on the far horizon the sky brightened with the light of the nearly risen sun and it was finally time to stop shooting and head home for some breakfast before going to work in the factory.
But what a marvellous way to start the day. It almost made up for missing the lunar eclipse the evening before!
Filename - vale of clwyd timelapse 10.mp4
Camera - Canon 6D
Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 28mm
Exposure (start of sequence) - 6 secs @ f4, ISO400
Exposure (end of sequence) - 6 secs @ f4, ISO160
Filters - None.
Shooting interval - 6 seconds
Location - Vale of Clwyd, North Wales
This clip - HD 720p 30fps (4k and 1080p HD versions also available)
Clip duration - 16 secs
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