Broad Pool, the Moon and the Milky Way

Earlier this week, my new Canon 6D arrived – I decided to swap from the 5DMkII to the 6D for its superior noise at ISO6400 as I am doing more and more astrophotography. The forecast was for clear skies last night so I headed out to Broad Pool on Gower. I knew the moon would be out, but that was fine as you can still shoot astrophotos with the moon in the sky. I spent over three hours on roughly the same spot trying out various techniques and photos. This is one of the final photos I took:

Broad Pool, the Moon and the Milky Way

Broad Pool, the Moon and the Milky Way

I’m particularly pleased with this photo as I have managed to keep some detail in the Milky Way whilst having the Moon in the photo – the Moon would normally wash out the sky, but the DSLR sensor is far better at seeing stars than the human eye. I used my headtorch to ‘paint’ for foreground grass.

As usual, I spent some time with Stellarium identifying the constellations.

Broad Pool with the Moon and the Milky Way

Broad Pool with the Moon and the Milky Way

The conclusion is that the 6D performs beautifully with high ISO noise and is a joy to use in the dark :-)

2 comments

  1. 'Er says

    What an interesting photo – I love the way the moonlight reflection is so strong and appears to be diving into the water :-) Those constellations have names to die for!

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