Caswell Bay and Langland Bay at night

Yesterday, the alarm went off at 4am. I dragged myself from the warm bed and drove out to Gower with the purpose of photographing Langland Bay and Caswell Bay at night. At Langland, I walked down to the beach and tried a photo looking back to the huts, but it was too bright with light pollution. I tried a few more photos (which I’ve only briefly looked at) but decided I would have better luck as Caswell Bay. On the way back to the car, I stopped at the huts and angled the camera upwards.

Langland Bay Beach Huts at night

Langland Bay Beach Huts at night

I then drove onto Caswell Bay and tried a few shots looking out to sea (again, I’v only looked at those briefly) but it was looking back to the cafe that really caught my eye. This was a very difficult exposure and is somewhat of a contrived image. The lights were far too bright for the stars so I shot one “darker” photo at f16 to get the “burst” from the lights. I then shot another photo for the sky at the usual f4. In Photoshop I combined them – a lot of people don’t like Photoshop, but this technique is one that was easy to carry out in the darkroom with traditional film. The light pollution from Swansea is really prominent in this photo!

Caswell Bay with Polaris, Cassiopeia and Cepheus

Caswell Bay with Polaris, Cassiopeia and Cepheus

These are the constellations and prominent stars that I’ve been able to determine:

Caswell Bay with Polaris, Cassiopeia and Cepheus

Caswell Bay with Polaris, Cassiopeia and Cepheus

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