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The Irish Space Program

By markst33    
I have been trying to get into astrophotography for a while now but its one of those genres of photography where you are more at the mercy of the elements than any other genre. You need cloudless, moonless nights with very little to no light pollution.

So last night everything finally fell into place weather wise. I have been down to Glendalough a few times practising technique and getting things wrong and realising hat my chosen location (The upper Lake) is not the best location so I went into the graveyard where this magnificent 1000 year old Round Tower stands 33 meters tall.

Its pretty creepy standing in a graveyard which is hundreds of years old in the pitch black at night but the advantage is that you can move around the tower always using it as your foreground interest and hopefully catch the milky way in one of your shots. I think this is a tail portion of the milky way up at the top left side - but hopefully more experience astro guys will put me right about this.

Definitely will be back now that I have my technique identified and have made (hopefully) all my mistakes on previous visits.

EXIF Data :
6400 ISO with NR in camera switched on

As usual all constructive C&C's most welcome.

Tags: Night photography Ireland Medieval Specialist and abstract Stars Astrophotography Milky way Wicklow Milkyway Roundtower

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dudler Plus
17 1.5k 1807 England
28 Oct 2019 1:13PM
The black background when you click on the picture to view large makes it look much better than when it's against the standard white - I always opt for the black background. Just a thought...

Technically, this looks to be there: my only suggestion is to let it be a fraction darker. We think of the sky as black at night, and it shows the stars up better...
dudler Plus
17 1.5k 1807 England
28 Oct 2019 1:15PM
And my mod looks very wrong on the white background: rather better on black!
chase Plus
15 2.1k 540 England
28 Oct 2019 2:43PM
John is right about the black bg, somehow it makes this image darker too.
Technically a good image although it would be nice to see something a little more interesting in the fg. If you were in a spooky graveyard then perhaps you could use some of the gravestones in the fg just to break it up a little. Mind, you would probably have to use some kind of light painting, unless you went for silhouettes against the starry sky.
markst33 12 73 2 Ireland
28 Oct 2019 3:14PM
I did a little bit of lightpainting on the tower itself to bring out a little bit of texture but I wanted to keep it dark. There was scaffolding around the base of the tower as the OPW must be doing some work on it (first time I can ever remember this happening) so I didn't want to go lower to include the gravestones as the inclusion of the scaffolding would ruin the image.

I do have another image with a Celtic cross in it as the foreground. How do I change the background to black ?
chase Plus
15 2.1k 540 England
28 Oct 2019 3:46PM
If you go open your image, go to options then edit photo you will see there is a background option, switch it to black.
If you upload into the main Gallery there is always an option to choose your bg at the upload stage.
banehawi Plus
16 2.4k 4217 Canada
28 Oct 2019 4:03PM
You are a very brave soul to be there at night!

Does look best framed in black as in the mod. Ive lightened the sky a bit too.

pablophotographer 9 1.8k 398
28 Oct 2019 7:50PM
I have a spooky idea to share with you before the night of the dead.
Mark the location you set your gear.
Shoot the stary sky at night, run fast and go away, return later and shoot the stone missile at dawn, from the same marked location.
"NASA, we have a solution"

dark_lord Plus
16 2.7k 749 England
28 Oct 2019 9:45PM
Most pictures look better with a black background, colours look richer in comparison, shaow details are more visible and mono images look punchier. I say 'look' as nothing has fundamentally changed apart from our perception.

I would darken the sky a it but it's amazing how light th night sky is when you're in a location to appreciate it. when we're in towns and cities we consider the night sky to be black as we have so many bright loghts around we lose that subtelty.

Yes it is part of the Milky Way.
The exif for the focal lenght is absent, but even so you'd need wider than 24 mm to get it all, or most, of it in.

Gioven there's scaffolding there I agree light painting was best avoided. I guess you were at high ISO so a decent LED torch should give you suifficient light, once the scaffolding has ben taken down.


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