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Windfarm Night Timelapse #1

The story behind this video

So what's this then?

A crazed 'Blade Runner-esque' dystopian vision of the future?

No. This is a night time view of the Colwyn Bay windfarm off the North Wales coast, eerily lit by the light of a waste gas flare from the Douglas oil and gas complex reflecting off low clouds, twenty four kilometers off the coast.

Hearing of the chance of seeing the aurora borealis, and with a few breaks in the clouds overhead, my wife Liz and I jumped in the car and headed to the North Wales coast for an unobstructed view northwards.

Arriving at our chosen spot right next to the sea at Llandulas, we were frustrated in our attempts to see anything, let alone the northern lights, by a continuous sheet of low cloud stretching all the way to the horizon.

But it was that low cloud that gave me the idea for this time lapse video, as the spinning turbines of the Colwyn Bay offshore windfarm were silhouetted against lurid orange reflected light from the afroementioned gas flare.

With no wind to speak of I was able to use my 100-400mm zoom lens at maximum zoom to get as close to the action as possible.

Anything other than the slightest breeze will set this lens twitching, so I rarely get to use it for time lapse, but it was just the ticket on this occasion.

Twenty five minutes of filming was long enough for a fifteen second video, and we headed home not having seen any aurora (another night maybe!), but with something completely different on my camera's memory card.

Video data

Filename - windfarm night timelapse 01.mp4

Camera - Canon EOS 6D

Lens - 100-400mm zoom @ 400mm

Exposure (start of sequence) - 2 secs @ f5.6, ISO800
Exposure (end of sequence) - 2 secs @ f5.6, ISO800

Filters - None.

Shooting interval - 3 seconds

Location - Colwyn Bay, North Wales coast

This clip - HD 720p, 30fps

Clip duration - 15 seconds