Saturday, 15 September 2012

Star Trails

After the experiment I did in this Photography of the Week blog post I realised I could apply the same effect, retrospectively to the previous series of shots I've done at other locations.

So this blog post is going to be a rehash of previous shots/videos compiled into star-trail image stacks.

St Aldhelms Head:
Corfe Castle:
Horton Tower:
Knowlton Church:
(The two above look different as there was an intermittence between the series of shots where the tripod moved and there was rolling mists that gave different white balance readings.)

Grange Arch:
Each one of these I've got at full resolution for print and wallpaper size but only lower resolution versions are available below.

 How I offer wallpaper versions or print versions will depend on any interest I get, it's likely the wallpaper ones will become available for free at a later date but I'm considering selling prints at some point of some of the tidier images.

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Another night at Horton Tower

Another clear night struck my radar this week and I finally decided to plan a trip to Horton Tower with significantly more fore-sight.
I spent a few hours going over maps and right-of-ways on-line before hitting the location before deciding how I would approach the location.
Last time we started from a foot-style at the bottom of the hill which resulted in about a 20-30 minute walk up the hill in the dark, which felt a little uncomfortable as, even though there are styles and paths they are occupied and functioning farmlands.

However I discovered there is a fairly easily accessible bridle-path that leads right in front of the tower and made reaching the location to shoot very trivial.
The noly problem with the evening was a lot of condensation forming on the lens and making the images go blurry halfway through the night. I noticed it pretty quickly but it is cause for concern.

Anyway, here are some still from the time-lapses I shot. (I'm saving the time-lapses up now for a longer vid in the future)

Friday, 7 September 2012

Photograph of the Week #059

"When not scribbling away in a sketch book or dabbling on a Wacom tablet i'm invariably fiddling around with exposure settings on my Nikon D90 trying to capture moments in aesthetically pleasing ways.
So here we have "Photograph of the week" a (mostly) weekly feature showcasing my favourite photo of the week."

I'm running way to far behind on Photograph of the week this year. It's quite disapointing but, this week I've got something new.
This one is a new experiment that i'm going to play around with some more.
I was on my way home from a friends house late at night when I felt the need to try and shoot some stars over a river/flood-land. It's not a perfect shot of the location and the passing cars cause a massive over-exposure in the middle but the main experiment is above in the sky.

This is my first attempt at purposeful star-trails. The intention was not to get static sharp stars but clear trails that highlight the movement going on. I'm happy with this first experiment though I'll likely retry the location from a different spot next time.

Thursday, 6 September 2012

Knowlton Church 2

I did a revisit at Knowlton Church last night as I spotted some clear weather and felt I had to take advantage.
Just  quick couple of shots but I'm happy with how they came out. Again I took a series of photos that I can work into a animation at a later date.