Looking forward to seeing in the New Year with my beloved. Here’s wishing you all a very Happy New Year, and the very best for 2014.
I don’t live in a dark sky area. I live in a busy city, with a large population, and close to an airport. The airport is about two miles away from my house. I know exactly what light pollution is.
I’ve always had an interest in photographs of the night sky, but living so close to the airport any images I take have an orange cast to them. Getting a black sky is difficult and seeing stars, more so. Still, it is possible and I thought I’d give it a go. Last night was a very crisp and clear evening, plenty of the constellations could be viewed by the naked eye. I decided to give it a try.
I set up the camera on the tripod, pointed it as the sky, set the intervalometer, and left it all clicking away. The image you see has been adjusted for colour balance and I had to bring the black point in a bit to darken the sky. It is a blend of 230 30 second exposure images. This was done with the wonderful StarStaX software.
I’m not much of an early riser. Some, myself included, may say a lazy photographer. I’ve taken a few sunset images, but then haven’t we all. Being out and about as the day turns into evening is easy. Getting up to catch the first light of the day is a lot harder, but can be much more rewarding.
So this week I decided to get out with my camera before the sun had appeared. I tried on Thursday but unfortunately we didn’t see much of the sun in Scotland. Friday morning was however a much more satisfactory sunrise.
I think I’m going to try getting up and out with my camera before the sun more often. Do you think it will be worth the effort?
Dunham Massey is a wonderful National Trust site, and is perfect to visit anytime of year. In autumn however it is just beautiful. The late afternoon sun shines on the yellow and golden leaves, and if you are lucky enough to see the deer feeding on the last of the season’s acorns then you are in for a treat.