Tag Archives: Milky Way

Astrophotography Workshop

Arthur's Stone, Gower

If you didn’t already know, I run astrophotography workshops and teach people how to take photos like the ones here with their DSLR and normal lenses. Last week I ran one such workshop on Gower with someone who had been on a daylight workshop with me. After a few goes at arranging a date, the skies were finally clear and not only that, the Milky Way was incredibly visible. The first place we stopped was ……

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A Quick Trip to The Black Mountains

Llangorse Lake and Pen y Fan from Mynydd Llangorse

We finally had some spare time and the weather forecast was good so we jumped into the car and headed east to Mynydd Llangorse. We climbed part of the hill in the diffuse sunlight, keeping an eye on the band of clear sky that we knew would give us beautiful side lighting. We sat on the side of the hill with bilberries staining our clothes and flies that were a cross between a flying ant ……

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Landscape Photographer of the Year 2015

Me with the 100x40cm photo printed out

Every year I enter Take a View’s Landscape Photographer of the Year competition. This year, I was lucky enough to have one image short-listed – that meant I had to send off the full-resolution file along with RAW files for inspection to make sure it adhered to the competition rules. A couple of days ago I had an email to tell me my short-listed photo had been commended by the judges and had won a ……

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The Milky Way at Tears Point on Gower

The Milky Way from Tears Point

Last week I ran a One to One Workshop on Gower at Penmaen Burrows and Three Cliffs Bay. We finished after sunset and just 20 minutes later, Venus was very visible in the bright sky so I knew it was going to be a good night for astrophotography! After the client left to go home, I drove to Rhossili and walked along the cliffs towards Tears Point. The Milky Way is particularly good in the ……

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Capturing the Zenith in the Brecon Beacons

During my recent outing in the Brecon Beacons at night, I had three places to shoot from in mind on Craig Cerrig-gleisiad. The final one was at the lake or pond on the saddle of Craig Cerrig-gleisiad. It was 1:30am when I reached it but clouds were quickly coming in. I set up the camera and ran a couple of test shots to check composition and exposure. Once they were correct, with the camera in ……

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The Milky Way over the Brecon Beacons

Brecon, Pen y Fan, Corn Du and Fan Fawr with the Milky Way from Craig Cerrig-gleisiad

At our location in Wales, it is only during the summer months that we can see the colourful part of the cloud of the Milky Way (although to see it properly you have to be further south). On Monday, it rained heavily all day but the forecast kept saying that the skies would clear for sunset and keep clear for a lot of the night. With faith in the forecast, I got everything ready. Sure ……

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