There's a saying amongst outdoor photographers that 'bad weather makes good photos'.
And that premise holds doubly true for time lapse videos!
Which is why I was out late at night on a chilly winter's eve in late November, eyes streaming in the stiff breeze blowing up from the Vale of Clwyd over my hunched form, perched next to my camera on the slopes of Moel Famau, the highest peak in the Clwydian Range near my home in North Wales.
The weather forecast had predicted broken cloud for this particular evening, which was a vast improvement on the damp, grey clag that had been our weather pattern for the past week.
And so it proved to be, with clouds streaming by overhead, sometimes revealing and sometimes hiding the slow movement of the stars across the heavens above.
Below me the lights of Ruthin were painting the passing clouds with yellow light, making for a visually arresting brightness and colour contrast with the dark deep blue of the patches of clear night sky that were tantalisingly revealed.
I kept on filming for an hour and a half, enough for fifteen seconds of video at my chosen interval and frame rate, before I called it a night and headed home for a much needed hot cup of coffee!
Well worth the effort though!
Filename - vale of clwyd timelapse 13
Camera - Canon EOS 6D
Lens - 14mm prime
Exposure (start of sequence) - 8 secs @ f2.8, ISO1600
Exposure (end of sequence) - 8 secs @ f2.8, ISO1600
Filters - None.
Shooting interval - 10 seconds
Location - Vale of Clwyd, North Wales
This clip - HD 720p, 30fps (4K+, and 1080p HD formats also available)
Clip duration - 18 seconds
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