Last night I went up Troopers Hill to watch and take pictures of the Perseid meteors. Unfortunately after 30 minutes I’d only seen one meteor and needless to say, that’s when the camera wasn’t running… It wasn’t an entirely wasted trip though, as I grabbed this shot of the lights of central Bristol before returning […]Read more "Bright lights, big city"
The Bristol Balloon Fiesta is taking place at the moment. I’m not really one for crowds, so last night instead of heading over to Ashton Court to see the festival, I drove to a top-secret location just south of Bristol, on top of a hill which overlooks the city. Armed with a pair of binoculars […]Read more "Bristol Balloon Fiesta Night Glow"
Taken from the top of Troopers Hill, overlooking Bristol, while I was actually out looking for the Pan-STARRS comet that should have been visible, but sadly wasn’t, due to atmospheric haze and light pollution. I processed this photo to make it monochrome, add a hint of sepia and fake some film grain to make it […]Read more "Goodnight, Bristol"
Recently I read about taking exposures at night, lasting perhaps ten minutes, and using nothing but ambient moonlight or the general glow of the night sky. It’s supposed to give a strange feel to photographs – they appear to be lit as brightly as in the day, but something is “wrong” with them. I decided […]Read more "Night shots"
These photos of the moon were taken three minutes apart each. It’s surprising how quickly the moon moves across the sky! I plan to revisit this idea when the moon is lower in the sky, and incorporate some trees or buildingsRead more "The moon in motion"
This shot was taken in the evening rush hour near Cabot Circus, in Bristol.Read more "Nighttime traffic"
I spent much of today trying to think of things I could go out and shoot, to try out my new Zorki rangefinder. Unfortunately it got dark and I missed my chance, but it also gave me an idea. I used the aerial photo view of Google Maps to try and find pedestrian-friendly bridges that […]Read more "Night traffic"
In my mind, I conceived standing in the middle of a road junction at night, and taking a long-exposure shot of passing traffic using a fisheye lens, so the traditional streaky light trails would be curved in interesting ways. I headed over to the junction between Fishponds Road and Downend Road and stood by the […]Read more "Fishponds Road"
No, sorry. This is another post about astronomy. What were you expecting?* 😉 I wrote recently about my new fisheye lens. But finding out that their original name was whole-sky lenses inspired me to have another go at making star trails with this lens. It took about three hours to expose. I also took a […]Read more "Heavenly bodies"
As the title suggests, this photo is of stars at night – but not as we know them! This photo was taken using a cardboard cut-out bokeh filter. It shows a view down Fishponds Road with an illuminated traffic bollard in the foreground, and the shops on Straits Parade in the distance.Read more "Stars at night"