I've been wanting to have a try at photographing star trails for ages and last night I finally got out and had my first proper go at it. I chose this little church in the field as, although it's out in the countryside, it's an area I know well and I figured I'd be pretty safe alone there at night (at times like this I really envy men - it must be great to just go out without having to think about this stuff )
While I was standing in the field of sheep a badger came trundling along, clearly not having noticed I was there, and snuffled around in the grass just a few feet away - I've never been that near one before and while it was a huge thrill I eventually had to make a bit of noise to let him know I was there as he was getting a bit too close for comfort!
I had been hoping to paint the church with light but, as it was quite some way away this would've meant leaving my camera at the mercy of the sheep whilst I ran the few hundred yards along the road and up the hill, so I reluctantly decided perhaps it'd be better to leave that for another time. About 5 minutes before I was thinking of finishing and heading home for a large glass of red wine, some bloke began making his way up towards the church, waving his torch around wildly and (I assumed) ruining the shot. As it turned out though, he did a much better job of painting with light than I'd have managed, so I take back all those insults I was thinking about him at the time .
The brightness behind the trees around the church is from the lights of a farm and house and the slight variation in shade is caused by the drifting low cloud.
Thanks for looking
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