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Night Lights

On a recent visit home to Clare Island after a long stretch away, I finally got some time to put together new Astrophotography landscapes. Below, you can see the road to the north of the island facing towards Achill Sound with the bright light being the lighthouse on the most northern point on the island. The second faces out towards Croagh Patrick worth the lights of Westport and Louisburgh shining either side of this famous mountain.

I'm very lucky to be from a place with little to no light pollution, so getting the opportunity to photograph the stars comes only as often as the Irish weather allows!
I had been out photographing some of the landscape in the late afternoon but decided to stay out once the sun had set. After a beautiful mild Saturday, the evening stayed the same and with a clear night ahead with a new moon, it was the perfect chance to capture the stars.

Clare Island Lighthouse

The image above shows the lighthouse on the island beneath crystal clear skies. These few images below manage to capture both Knockmore (the island's locally known, big hill) and Orion's belt. It's strange to see the transition of colour even after the sun had set, from the blue hues of the lighthouse skies to the shades of indigo as the night sky darkens even further. We can be really lucky in the west of Ireland to see the stars so clearly, you've just got to pray to the weather God's to capture those beautiful sights!

If you liked these, you can find more images throughout my site featuring other landscape work.

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Star Portraits

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Star Portraits

Starry Starry Night

Last year I had the pleasure of spending the summer with some amazing people out on Nantucket Island in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Until upgrading some of my equipment, I never really had the opportunity to successfully capture the stars to any great deal of satisfaction. After finally getting ahold of my D600, and with Nantucket's remote location from the light pollution of big towns or cities, it was the perfect opportunity to test some shots.

Nantucket truly is a beautiful place to spend time, expensive!, but very beautiful and a great place to really take in the night sky. We found out that there would be a meteor shower and a collection of friends and I headed to the beach to prepare for some stiff necks as we looked skyward for numerous hours! Being effectively pitch black, we definitely got a great view of the stars and saw a lot of meteors over the 3 hour period.

After getting a couple of great long exposure shots I wanted to experiment with keeping the milky way in the background and get my friends exposed correctly in the foreground. To capture these type of portraits, I exposed for the milky way and using a few trials of off camera flash, I proceeded to light them up from a few angles.

As with any first attempts you'll see that a couple of these aren't perfectly in focus because of the shallow depth of field I had to use (f/1.8) but I wanted to show you how you could try something similar with enough practice to really pull it off with a helping hand or two! Experimenting with this type of photography eventually led me to create my "Winter Lights" Panorama and it will definitely serve as a great trial run for my next attempt!

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