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Penmon tide at dusk

The story behind this video

Following a lovely afternoon exploring the beautiful Isle of Anglesey, just off the North Wales coast, what better place to end the day than at Penmon Point.

Around midsummer the sun sets off to the northwest, giving exquisite golden sidelighting to the iconic lighthouse and foreshore, picking out details in the rocks that would otherwise be missed and bathing the whole scene in warmth and colour.

Liz and I visited here around the time of a full moon, which meant a tidal range of approximately seven metres, with low water a couple of hours before sunset.

The large tide, plus gorgeous lighting, were the ideal ingredients for a time lapse shoot, so I took full advantage!

This particular time lapse is in two halves.

The first half was shot as the sun was approaching the western horizon and the tide was at its lowest, exposing the rocks closest to the lighthouse which then were swallowed up by the incoming sea over the course of a hour as the tide rushed back in.

The second half was shot after sunset under completely different lighting conditions and from further back as the tide was still coming in.

Indeed, after another hour's worth of shooting stills from a rocky outcrop I found myself almost cut off by the tide and just made it back without having to paddle.

All in all, a wonderful end to a fantastic day in an incredible place - do visit and see for yourself if you can!

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1st Sequence - 2nd Sequence

Video data

Filename - penmon timelapse 03.mp4

Camera - Canon EOS 5D

Lens - 17-40 zoom @17mm

Exposure (1st sequence) - 1.3secs @f22, ISO100
Exposure (2nd sequence) - 5secs @f22, ISO100

Location - Penmon Point, Anglesey, North Wales

This clip - HD 720p/p>

Clip duration - 27 seconds at 25 frames per second.

Shooting interval - 10 seconds