Posts tagged “Stars

The Milky Way

A couple of weeks ago I was talking to my friend and fellow blogger Poppy, when I happened to mention what a fabulous moon there was outside.  Poppy’s BB piped up in the background with ‘yes, tonight is a super moon‘.  Well, that was the start of another Poppy and Chillbrook excellent photography adventure.  Two in the morning, out in the wilds of Cornwall and Worcestershire, Poppy and I were exchanging photography and astronomy tips by mobile phone whilst looking at the most amazing night sky.  A plan had been hatched that night, via Skype, to photograph the Milky Way and last night the plan came together. Excellent!!

It’s extremely difficult to find a truly dark sky in the UK as the villages, towns and cities are now so numerous and spreading, each filling the sky with the ubiquitous and vile, orange sodium light pollution however, I found a dark patch, using a website called Blue Marble, on the south coast of Cornwall looking out to sea that looked promising.  I thought this would be a good place because I assumed there wouldn’t be any orange light pollution out at sea.  I was wrong.  The large tankers and cargo ships plying the English Channel also favour this particular form of lighting apparently so it seems nowhere is sacred and a dozen or so miles from the nearest town, the orange glow is evident.

However, despite the light pollution, Poppy and I both managed to get some rather interesting pictures.  You can see Poppy’s pictures here.  We live in a truly wondrous galaxy.  How small and insignificant we are..

40px spacer
Milky Way II15mm f/2.8 30 sec. ISO 3200
40px spacerMilky Way15mm f/2.8 25 sec. ISO-4000
40px spacer
I will be paying very close attention to location, foreground interest and Milky Way position on my next outing to shoot the stars.
I’ll be writing up a tutorial describing how I went about getting these photographs in the next few days.. :-)
40px spacerCornwall Photographic Sales Logo dfi-dmrc-enabled-btn-white3

Starry Starry Sunrise?

Back in Cornwall, this shot was taken on the rocks at Trebarwith Strand at first light.  The exposure time was 10 minutes at f/11, ISO-100.  The star trails distinctly show the rotation around the pole star and gives some notion to the fact that we’re hurtling through space at an incredible rate.  It’s all quite mind-blowing to me, trying to get a sense of the scale of the universe in which we live, how it all works and where we fit into it all…

_1AT1134afrw
Certainly makes you think doesn’t it..? ;-)
Cornwall Photographic Sales Logo 375 x 94 top space
dfi-dmrc-enabled-btn-white3