notable climate changes over the past decade bringing more
rain, the River Wye flooding at Ross has become a regular
event during the summer and the winter months, so I decided
to make a more generic film showing the River Wye in flood
at Ross and rising at Symonds Yat.
film was shot, mainly in time lapse over two main periods
of flooding in 2009. The first scenes were shot during the
last week of July and the second over the past two weekends,
mostly in Ross-on-Wye by the Rope Walk, Wilton and Bridstow
Bridge, but also from Symonds Yat East and Yat Rock. The
sunrise was filmed at Wilton and the sunset at Yat Rock
- as were the starlit sky scenes towards the end. The aerial
view at the beginning was shot from a Robinson helicopter.
The time lapse sequences are made up of over 6,000 individual
photographs taken at intervals varying between 15 and 30
seconds with lens focal lengths of between 10.5 and 135mm.
film is best watched in HD and points of interest to look
out for include: The constellation of Orion the Hunter in
the night view of Ross across the river. The rain shower
which crosses Wilton Bridge just after the start of the
second piece of music. River mist beginning to form after
sunset by the big Horseshoe Bend around Coppet Hill, as
seen from Yat Rock. The Milky Way and a brief flash of the
International Space Station passing overhead, 4 frames from
the end of the Milky Way scene.
I was filming the night scenes from Yat Rock, I had the
camera set to take a 10 second exposure every 20 seconds.
During one of the 10 second periods with the shutter closed,
the most amazing and brightest fireball meteor I have EVER
seen dropped from the sky in the vicinity of Cassiopeia
and fell vertically, dropping to an altitude of only about
10,000 feet before finally burning out. It fell slowly,
glowing brilliant white and during
its final stages, spiralling towards the ground like a burned
out firework rocket. Very nearly a meteorite!