Star Trails Above a Forgotten Time

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After a very warm and clear spring day I decided to head to a location I spotted a few weeks back for a Star Trail photograph.

It was a very dark location and I setup using my (very bright) Mountain Bike lights. Set the camera’s built-in Intervalometer and then sat and waited for an hour (listening to the sounds of Wild Boar and Tawny Owls) whilst the camera took multiple exposures. One of the exposures I briefly shone the lights on the Well.

The shots have then been merged together. This was originally just a test shoot but the final result is worth sharing with you. Looking closely at the trails, there are small gaps which suggests the Intervalomter was missing a shot which is strange as I’ve not had this issue before and a count of the final number of images doesn’t match the number I expected for an hour-long shoot. Anyway, here is the final image and I look forward to returning for another session.

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Star Trails Above A Forgotten Time
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New Location For A Star Trail Shot Found

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This morning I (and Wally!) stumbled across an old and abandoned Well with many of the workings still intact. A quick look on the PhotoPills App confirmed my thoughts that the angle below is exactly north facing.

This means that Polaris (AKA The North Star) is directly above the well. I love to try to include local features in my shots and therefore, I will return for a Star Trail Shot the next time we have a perfectly clear night sky. The only concern is the area also has a lot of evidence of Javali foraging!


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Cloud Spoilt My Shoot, So Here’s A Consolation Moon

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I went out on a scouting mission today to find a spot where I could frame a ruin Windmill as a foreground to the Super Moon Rise. Everything was looking good…….until a large rain storm blew across the horizon. It remained for a few hours blocking the view of the Moon Rise.

I don’t normally shoot a full moon without any other elements in the shot, but decided to take this shot as a consolation prize.

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Full Moon February 2019
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Moon Halo Over The Algarve

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Tonight there is a Moon Halo or to give it the correct name a 22 Degree Halo which is used to describe the amount of light that is bending to create the effect.

It is caused by the light being diffracted twice by entering and exiting ice crystals high up in the atmosphere.

I have seen one before, but not as bright as this one, it is certainly a stunning view.

Here are a couple of photos I shot.

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22 Degree Moon Halo
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Lunar Eclipse January 21st 2019

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Originally, I didn’t plan on getting up to photograph the Eclipse as I was hosting a Photography Workshop this morning, but I just couldn’t resist.

The full eclipse was scheduled for 5:12am, so I put my camera and tripod ready to grab in the kitchen and set my alarm for 5:00am.

Dazed and wondering what was going on, I stumbled out of bed and took a look outside to see a completely clear star-filled sky with a bright orange moon.

Even though it was classed as a total Eclipse, here in Western Europe, we were right on the edge and therefore, the moon retained a slight portion with a white glow. I decided that as this was going to be a quick shot and back to bed for a few hours I hoped to shoot the moon without any other framing or elements, but bring out detail in some of the stars.

Normally, to get a shot exposed for both moon and stars is near impossible even with a dark eclipsed moon and I had bracketed (taking multiple shots with + and – exposure settings) with the idea to merge two shots together. However, on this occasion I was pleasantly surprised to have captured this shot as one single exposure.

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Lunar Eclipse January 21st 2019
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Reminder: Lunar Eclipse Overnight

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In the early hours of Monday 21st January there will be the last total Lunar Eclipse until May 2021. You’ll have to either stay up late or get up early to witness the “Super Blood Wolf Moon”, the times are shown below;


I’m not sure if I’ll be grabbing some photos yet as I’ve an early start in the morning with a Digital Photography Fundamentals Workshop, but I might sneak a quick snap in the early hours.

More information can be found at Time and Date’s Website.

Here are a couple of photos I took of the last Lunar Eclipse back on 27th July this year.

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Lunar Eclipse July 2018
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