Flimston Chapel is a mediaeval chapel set in the middle of Castlemartin ranges, Pembrokeshire. Is is accessible at weekends and is still a working place of worship. So....what was i doing there? - shooting with Challenger 2 tanks, great fun but that's a different blog!
The ranges provide a great dark sky park (when looking SW) and I would imagine that the Milky Way is pretty good when visible from late spring. The location provides various vantage points, I took this shot from inside the chapel grounds with a wide angle lens. It was a beautifully clear night with no moon so the only ambient light was from an oil refinery in the north about 5 miles away.
After setting up in low light with a sturdy tripod and playing around with the shot angle i settled on the shot above - 1 min @ F2.8 with a 1 second interval over 78 minutes (using a Pixel wireless intervalometer). The key here really is to prepare early and then come back to it. Image stabilisation and AF were both switched off and i used Live View to manually focus.
Post processing was fairly straightforward, I loaded all the shots in RAW and made global adjustments, I then used an automated batch program to layer them all together. Saturation and contrast were adjusted and then I added some selective sharpening, finally saving as a large JPEG.
Night shooting is great fun but requires practice and patience. Here's a few tips:
I really enjoyed this shoot, although it was a bit creepy being there by myself (too many horror films seen I think!) I really recommend giving it a try though.