Tuesday night was clear so decided to make the trip up to Loughmacrory to take some shots. I haven't tried a star-trail for a while so after some searching for some foreground and a composition i was happy with i set the camera up for a 1 hour trail. 145 images later here is the result.
The water was so calm that night and i picked up some nice reflections as a result, thanks for looking.
Fanad Head Lighthouse
This was my first proper photo shoot with the new camera in a dark moonless sky. I have been eager to get back to this location since visiting it during the summer. Fanad Head is one of the more northerly points of County Donegal and at the northern tip stands the iconic Fanad Head Lighthouse. Me and my Photographer buddy Martin McKenna had discussed this area for a night-sky shoot for some time. So Martin, his girlfriend Roisin and i landed at our target area just as darkness was setting in.
This is looking north, one of the first shots of the night.
A little later and the MilkyWay was really bright now. The quality of the dark night sky up here was evident.
We were aware of a small chance of aurora activity on the night and sure enough i caught this green glow on the horizon with subtle red colour above. What was also noticable on the night was the green airglow in the sky, probably the brightest ive ever seen. You can see it above and to the left of the aurora.
Testing out the high ISO on the 6d on the next two images. Looking straight up at the lighthouse and Milkyway with Andromeda Galaxy top of frame - ISO 10,000 20 second exposure.
ISO 12,800 and 15 second exposure on this one, lots of green airglow evident here too.
Check out Orion rising over the hills to the left of the lighthouse. One of the final images from a thrilling shoot at a new location and a return visit is on the cards perhaps with some moolight to play with.
New camera and first light
Some news and i have made a huge change to my gear. Out goes the Nikon D90 and welcome to the Canon 6d! I thought long and hard about this decision over the past few months but the low light capabilities of the 6d sensor could not be passed up. I look forward to the coming months with dark evenings and starry, frosty nights approaching. Also we are entering the new aurora season and fingers crossed for some good northern lights displays this Autumn. This is one of my first shots with the 6d at a local lough outside Omagh. I have paired it with the Samyang 14mm 2.8 for night work and first impressions are good. Keep an eye out for new images in the weeks ahead.
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