After a gloriously sunny day today there wasn’t a single cloud in the sky tonight, allowing the stars to sparkle brightly in the almost moonless sky. Faced with a choice between a huge pile of ironing or going out to shoot some star photos it was a bit of a no-brainer so I headed out with my camera. I knew exactly where I wanted to go – to visit my favourite tree up at Goodwood. I knew I’d need to illuminate it if I was to make it visible in my photos so I stopped off at the supermarket on the way to buy a large torch for the purpose.
In all I spent about 90 minutes shooting, with my camera on a tripod and using my remote to set five minute exposures to take exactly nine frames. I carefully painted the tree with light from my torch for a couple of minutes of each exposure then left the camera to capture the ambient light from the stars. I didn’t stand a chance of focussing on the tree in the dark so I used the DoF Calculator app I’ve downloaded to my iPhone to calculate the aperture needed to ensure the tree was within my depth of field.
I’m not given to frequently pondering deep and meaningful things but, looking up at all the stars this evening, it did occur to me how amazing it was to be standing there looking at light which started its journey to us millions of years ago. I wonder what aliens from those distant galaxies (if they exist) would think of me standing there in pitch darkness, in sub-zero temperatures taking pictures of their stars!