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Today is the first day of Spring (Imbolc in the old pre-Christian calendar, and latterly St Brigid’s Day). Yesterday, as the sun announced the last day of Winter, it rose over the Sliabh Aughty mountains and silhouetted the wind turbines at Derrybrien (at least it did if you were standing at the diving board at Salthill, as I was) - another picture here.
While I was at the diving board, I set up another camera to take a set of timelapse images of the sunrise. The camera was set to take in a wider view (and I had to adjust the exposure and the view a couple of times during the capture – hence the ‘jumps’). Video on Vimeo here or on Youtube (it’s the same vieo, whichever you choose).
The image above was taken with a Canon 40D fitted with a 100-400mm zoom (so the effective focal length was around 600mm). As with all shots of the sun, I set the camera to Liveview so I wasn’t looking directly at the sun through the viewfinder. The timelapse was taken with a Canon 5D and 17-40mm wideangle lens fixed to a tripod set to take an image every 20 seconds.