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Cornish Night Sky

Has been a long while since I posted anything here. Not so much because I haven’t been taking photos, quite the contrary, just been a little busy on other projects.

This shot is quite a recent one. I’d been thinking of going out and trying a bit of night sky photography for a while and for some reason I decided to do it this particular night. Turns out I couldn’t have picked a much better night if I’d tried. The sky was as clear as it gets and no moon.

I left the house thinking I’d need the night sky app on my phone to locate the Milky Way. I didn’t, it was actually pretty obvious.

Having read up a little on what settings and kit to use I was fairly confident I knew what I was doing. In reality its a little more complicated – actually trying to compose a photo when you can’t see anything is pretty tricky. I also tried a few shots ‘painting’ the foreground with my torch. I found after just a second of pointing it I’d blown the highlights.

So, here is one of the best of the bunch. This is the engine house at Carn Galva near Zennor under the Milky Way.

Pendeen Stormy Seas

Stormy Seas off Pendeen

Thought I’d stick with my winter theme and post a photo from the wild and rugged coast of West Cornwall. There was a fair sea running this way, but it gets an awful lot rougher than this. It was taken from the cliffs by Pendeen Watch lighthouse. Looking down at this boiling mess and uninviting rocks you can only imagine how grateful sailors must have been for the warning light alerting them to their position. The next lighthouse along would be St Ives harbour, which would be a relief on a stormy winter night.

In the distance you can make out the chimneys of the engine houses that pumped water out of the mines below. Hard to believe but this was once one of the most industrialised parts of the country. Even harder to believe is men once went not only under the ground but then out under the seabed. This thought almost keeps me awake at night – certainly makes me appreciate how lucky most of us are now.