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In late July and early August the milky way is high in the sky at night in a south direction.

With no moon out, last Friday was a great time to be at Ladybower Reservoir looking down towards the dam and Bamford with the milky way stretching across the frame.

Ladybower isn't a designated dark place, but for me with hills surrounding it I think it's very good for seeing the stars with ease of access. So get yourself there!

Brand:Sony
Lens:17-40mm f4
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:25 Jul 2014 - 10:55 PM
Focal Length:17mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.0
Aperture:f/4.0
Shutter Speed:20sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:6400
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Manual
Title:Ladybower Milky Way
Username:JamesGrantPhotography JamesGrantPhotography
Uploaded:31 Jul 2014 - 8:36 AM
Tags:Derbyshire, Ladybower, Landscape / travel, Milky way, Night sky, Peak district, Peaks, Water
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Metalhead
Metalhead  71888 forum posts England2 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jul 2014 - 8:39 AM

Stunning work! I've got to get myself out at night some time...

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tractor
tractor  9 United Kingdom
31 Jul 2014 - 8:51 AM

Amazing picture

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georgiepoolie
31 Jul 2014 - 8:56 AM

Beautiful image.

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sawsengee  84 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jul 2014 - 9:01 AM

stunning capture......beautiful light exposure, colours & visual presentation Smile

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capto
capto e2 Member 21462 forum postscapto vcard United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jul 2014 - 9:09 AM

Just beautiful.Smile

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Suzicoo
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31 Jul 2014 - 10:31 AM

very atmospheric

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Tish1
Tish1 e2 Member 1Tish1 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jul 2014 - 2:25 PM

Since last night was a cloud free night, my mind was definitely straying to Lady Bower, think exactly what you suggest.

This is a fantastic image!


Tish

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doverpic
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31 Jul 2014 - 3:20 PM

Fantastic imageSmileSmileRegards DaveSmileSmile

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glenalva
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31 Jul 2014 - 3:59 PM

Magical!! Love this......Smile

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alcontu
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31 Jul 2014 - 7:51 PM

Fantastic atmosphere!

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martinl
martinl e2 Member 11255 forum postsmartinl vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
1 Aug 2014 - 11:06 AM

Congrats on the EC James, well worth it.
Smile

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JamesGrantPhotography

Thank you all - its so appreciated especially when a long time vision finally gets realised and then people appreciate it after

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4 Aug 2014 - 1:58 PM

Congrats on all the awards James, especially POTW....so well deserved! Smile John

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pentaxpatty e2 Member 1pentaxpatty vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
4 Aug 2014 - 10:14 PM

Congratulations you deserve to win this is an amazing shot. Smile
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5 Aug 2014 - 8:44 AM

Breathtaking!Smile

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ChrisV
ChrisV  8874 forum posts United Kingdom26 Constructive Critique Points
6 Aug 2014 - 11:29 AM

I wouldn't have believed you could get a shot like that in England - let alone Ladybower [which is only around 30/40 miles from where I live!]

Are you shooting with a Sony 7 - I know it's small size here, but it does look pretty clean @ISO6400. I've no experience with this sort of photography - would 20 sec be optimal so you don't get any motion in the star pattern or would that matter much?

It's a superb photo anyway - the crepuscular light adding that bit extra to the spectacular view of the galaxy - very well done!

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Mirec
Mirec  5 United Kingdom
10 Aug 2014 - 1:37 PM

Amazing!

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shaver
shaver  6 England
10 Aug 2014 - 9:03 PM

what a brilliant picture ..stunning

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kenneth davis
10 Aug 2014 - 9:49 PM

Well done for working out the photograph and its timing, for being there and for top class execution.

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JamesGrantPhotography

Thank you again all.


Quote: I wouldn't have believed you could get a shot like that in England - let alone Ladybower [which is only around 30/40 miles from where I live!]

Are you shooting with a Sony 7 - I know it's small size here, but it does look pretty clean @ISO6400. I've no experience with this sort of photography - would 20 sec be optimal so you don't get any motion in the star pattern or would that matter much?

It's a superb photo anyway - the crepuscular light adding that bit extra to the spectacular view of the galaxy - very well done!

The A7R is a 36mp full frame camera, so high ISO is more achievable. Yes, 20 seconds I found was about the extreme length I could go to before getting movement in the stars.

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ChrisV
ChrisV  8874 forum posts United Kingdom26 Constructive Critique Points
11 Aug 2014 - 4:32 PM

Thanks for the info James - I was half expecting it to be the 7S, perhaps the current king of ultra-low light shooting. A lot less detail to downsample from though. I wonder at what sensitivity the 7S would eclipse its higher count sibling for detail? I expect 6400 is still well within the 7R's capabilities.

Amazing that today's cameras are enabling shots that just would not have been achievable before - you are at the cutting edge here!

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