The nights sky


Recently a a friend of mine Peter and myself took a road trip up to the Isle of Skye in Scotland as part of a photography workshop. As the journey was going to take us at least 12 hours each way it gave us plenty of opportunities to talk about camera and photography. One topic of conversation was about astrophotography and the results Mark Gee had been getting with just a standard Canon SLR in a single exposure. I was completely amazed at the detail that Mark got with his photos, particularly with the fact that he managed to combine landscape compositions with shots of the milky way.

I was decided that once we returned we would explore this a bit further and give it a try. Christmas came and went without much success in getting out and giving this a try but just before the new year broke we had a spell of clear skies and we packed up and set out onto Woodbury common to give it a go. The trip was a great success in terms of learning about what to do and what not to do and we realised very quickly the importance of not having too much light pollution and how just a little over a 30 second exposure has a dramatic affect on what you take.

Completely taken in with this type of photography I was all set to give it another go and it wasn't long before the forecasts predicated clear skies again. So come 10pm one evening I was off again this time heading over to Honiton way where there was a nature reserve which has been designated as a dark sky spot. Although there was still some light pollution on the horizon the rest of the sky was lit up with hundreds of star, just what I was after.

Pointing in the direction of Orion I snapped away slowly working on my composition until I was happy. The results this time much better as you can see but as with anything I've so much more to learn and explore so watch this space for more updates. 

Copyright 2013. Ian Pain