A moonrise, pre-dusk shot and a star trail

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jkjond Veteran Member • Posts: 7,825
A moonrise, pre-dusk shot and a star trail

In typical timing, I finally got round to publishing a blurb book of some of my Morecambe Bay shots taken over the last 5 years, then we're treated to some of the best light I've seen all year. Ah well, it looks like these will be in contention for Book 2, due out in 2017.

The first two were both taken on the same day. The first is pre-dawn with the horizon just warming up while the old moon and venus try to escape from the growing light. Its a composite of two exposures as the moon was far too bright for the streetlights and reflections, so the top section is about 7 seconds worth, the lower area 30 seconds at f5.6, iso250 (!). The moon on the 30 sec exposure is slightly elongated and humming with burned pixels. Note the outrageous lighting on the dark side of the moon - reflected light from Earth. I've not seen it as pronounced as that before (no pp funny business on the moon).

Moonrise with Venus, Morecambe Bay

The second shot is pre-dusk, with a tickle of colour building from the dying sun behind me. My typical style is brash and bold graphic, so its nice to mix in a delicate dusting of pastel from time to time. 1/15th @ f8 and 200iso.

Pre-dusk, Morecambe Bay

And finally, a star trail taken on the previous night. The recent cold spell has given us some brilliantly clear nights. This is a composite done in photoshop, about 50 x 25sec exposures using the intervalometer on the D700 @ 26secs. f8, 640iso.

Jupiter's travels (over Morecambe Bay)

Jupiter's Travels. Ted Simon's account of a world trip on an original Triumph motorbike. I never did get round to doing that.

My blub book has a full preview of over 100 Morecambe Bay shots in different lights, states of tide, time of day, weather -  and can be seen here:


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