A Night With The Stars (16 Sep 2015)

I’ve been wanting to do some night photography for a while to try and learn more about taking pictures of the night sky.  Unfortunately we haven’t had very many clear nights in this part of Scotland over the summer, and until Monday night I’d always missed the opportunity for one reason or another (usually work).

One of the challenges I wanted to tackle was to take a photo of the Milky Way.  I drove up to Loch Thom and took this one near the derelict Garvock farmhouse.  I’m fairly pleased with it, but I would like to try again with a faster lens so I could reduce the ISO which would in turn give less noise.  This was taken with my Sigma 10-20mm lens which has a maximum aperture of f4.

This next photo is taken a bit further down the road looking north.  Another of the things I wanted to experiment with was star trails.  This was a 9 minute exposure.  

My next stop was Cloch Lighthouse near Gourock.  I had hoped to be able to make a composition with the Milky Way behind the lighthouse, but the angles didn’t work out from where I was able to stand.

I was then heading home, but as I was driving through Greenock I noticed how well the streetlights illuminated the Glebe building which is an old sugar refinery.  This is a great building and one that I’ve had in mind for photos for a while.

All in all, a good night and I learned quite a lot in the way I like best - by having a go!

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