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Windfarm Moonrise Timelapse #1

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The story behind this video

Short and sweet, this time lapse video shows the first full moon of 2020, otherwise known as a 'Wolf Moon', rising from behind the offshore turbines of the Gwynt y Môr windfarm in Colwyn Bay, just off the North Wales coast.

I'd made the effort to position myself perfectly to capture this time lapse, sitting in a shelter by the Llandudno North Shore paddling pool with my 100-400mm zoom lens extended to its full extent in the calm conditions, ready for action.

And things started well with a good view out towards the relatively clear horizon and the wind turbines spinning lazily round as the pink hued moon just started to appear out of the sea.

The moon continued its ascent over the turbines, becoming clearer as it climbed higher in the sky, but then, after just a few minutes' visibility a bank of heavy cloud rolled across the scene, into which the faint moon rapidly disappeared.

I kept on shooting for a few minutes after the moon had vanished in the hope that it would reappear higher in the sky, but it was not to be, so reluctantly I packed everything away for the drive home.

Back home I debated whether or not to delete the entire shoot, but common sense prevailed and I carried on and fully processed the time lapse, getting as much contrast and saturation into the scene as I sensibly could.

And I'm glad I did, as those few seconds of video looked pretty impressive after all!

Video data

Filename - windfarm moonrise timelapse 01

Camera - Canon EOS 6D

Lens - 100-400mm zoom @ 400mm

Exposure (start of sequence) - 1/60 sec @ f5.6, ISO200
Exposure (end of sequence) - 1/60 sec @ f5.6, ISO200

Filters - None.

Shooting interval - 3 seconds

Location - Llandudno North Shore, North Wales

This clip - HD 720p, 30fps (4K+, and 1080p HD formats also available)

Clip duration - 8 seconds