This week’s Photo Challenge was stormy skies. Unfortunately the weather in Bristol has been grey and overcast – lots of cloud, but nothing dramatic. So I decided to resort to abusing the HDR technique to create this image of Cabot Tower on Brandon Hill. It certainly isn’t realistic, but I don’t think that matters. I like the effect […]Read more "Clouds over Brandon Hill"
This weekend I popped home to see my mum for Mothering Sunday. Mothering Sunday brought with it a visit to church, where I spotted the sunlight glancing off the bevelled edge of this headstone. Later in the afternoon, the sun went down between broken clouds and formed a very dramatic sunset. Because human eyes have […]Read more "Mothering Sunday"
Sorry for the unoriginal post title – I’m trying to avoid having yet another post entitled stars at night, heavenly bodies, or anything else clichéd. In Bristol, the light pollution is pretty bad so I’ve been trying to find a decent compromise between somewhere away from street lights and somewhere that’s not a pain to […]Read more "Stars in the sky"
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"
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"
This photo was composed from 329 exposures, each of 30 seconds, for a total of nearly three hours of shooting. It’s a view of the night sky over Bristol, looking generally northwards (all the stars rotate around the pole star Polaris, remember?). I think it’s beautiful.Read more "The night sky"
I recently moved from a flat in Kingswood to a house in Fishponds, on the very outskirts of Bristol. It overlooks the massive Oldbury Court Estate, which shortly gives way to the countryside. Compared with Kingswood, there is hardly any visible light pollution here – at least to my urban-accustomed eyes. Back in Kingswood the […]Read more "Taking pictures of the night sky"
This photo was actually taken on a beautiful, sunny day. I used a red filter to darken the blue sky and bring out the clouds.Read more "Angry skies"
… over Barton Fields… … and over Brandon HillRead more "Clouds"