Towards the end of the two week holiday that my wife Liz and I enjoyed in September 2019, spent exploring the beauties of Devon and Cornwall, we made a visit to our local bit of coast at Widemouth Bay, just to the south of Bude.
There was some really interesting cliff and beach walking to be had here, with very unusual (and crumbly) rock formations to marvel at.
We were returning to our car, parked high up on the cliffs above Widemouth Bay, when we noticed a dramatic sunset developing out over the Atlantic ocean.
So I picked up the pace and got back to the car just in time to get my tripod and all the other time lapse acoutrements needed out of the boot and set up at the cliff edge viewpoint in order to start shooting the hundreds of still images needed to create this clip.
As the sunset developed the light quality just got better and better, and this continued long after the sun had disappeared below the far off horizon, with the high clouds overhead picking up the warm rays of sunlight still beaming into the upper atmosphere as civil twilight progressed.
The beautiful orange glow on the horizon seemed to last forever, and it's only on the speeded up time lapse that you can see the twilight light slowly fading away.
It was near dark when I finally stopped filming and made the short walk back to the car, buzzing at having witnessed such a mesmerising display of God's handiwork in action.
Filename - widemouth bay timelapse 01
Camera - Canon EOS 6D
Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 32mm
Exposure (start of sequence) - 1/400 sec @ f4, ISO100
Exposure (end of sequence) - 1.6 sec @ f4, ISO100
Filters - 2/3 stop neutral density reverse graduated filter used to reduce the brightness of the sky along the horizon.
Shooting interval - 3 seconds
Location - Widemouth Bay, Cornwall, England
This clip - HD 720p, 30fps (4K+, and HD formats also available)
Clip duration - 37 seconds
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