Because I’m eco-friendly/a cheap-skate/forgot last posting date/snowed in/hiding from the fuzz /in my bunker planning world domination(delete as applicable) I’ve gone for the electronic Christmas greeting option in these lean economic times. Happy Christmas to you all and have a great time where-ever and who-ever you happen to be with. Looks like North Devon should be the recipient of some long over-due waves on Christmas day I hope everyone has a chance to get some water time in-between crimbo commitments and hope to get out amongst it myself….. I took the above view on Saturday morning as I strolled along the banks of the River Taw, taking in the crisp air and snapping the winter wonderland created by the snow (that I’m now really bored of!). Only 4 months till the start of summer!!!! Happy Christmas and happy New Year everyone.
Christmas passed in a haze of alcohol/food/family/presents and fun and I’ve managed very little photography. However I think I’ve found a new pet project to keep me busy of the next few month.
We’ve been staying with the folk’s right out in the sticks and I noticed on a couple of nights that the really clear evenings combined with the lack of local light pollution produced an amazingly bright night sky, with the milky-way a shimmering ribbon laid across the vivid starfield.
Suitably insulated against the knawing cold (Northface jacket, silly hat and lots of rum) I assembled my tripod and set about trying to get a decent exposure. It was a lot trickier that anticipated. So far i’ve shot 2 nights and i’m still not happy. I’ve included the best pic so far…
There are a number of problems i’ve got to overcome. Noise levels induced by such long exposures (but I think I’ve sorted that out now), but the most annoying is the sudden cloud cover that instantly extingushes the celestial display. It’s hard to photograph something thats no longer there! Anyway I’ve a few more days here, and several more months of long nights on which to practice and refine the technique. So i’ll keep you posted and expect to see an awesome limited edition print of a galaxy far far away, very soon.
Well I’m starting to feel festive and wanted to share this happy chappy i snapped at Lynmouth. He will often beg for food from Visitors at this winter surf spot, it’s nice to have his occasional company when i’m stood on the rocks snapping a session.