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The Old and the Ancient

By sherlob    

I managed three separate shoots this week - albeit 2 were on the same overnight outing to Snowdonia. Therefore I was a little at a loss which image to process and upload for last weeks 1/52 (a day late - again). In the end, I have gone for another shot the Milky Way simply as I feel this is perhaps the more unusual of the images I have captured this week.

The setting is Dolbadarn Castle in Llanberis, Snowdonia. This was a considered risk: I have wanted to photograph a particular scene in Llanberis for a couple of years, but that location wasn't suited to an image of the Milky Way. Given the distances involved, I wanted to combine my trip to Llanberis with a second location for the stars - the challenge been to find somewhere suitable but within as short a journey time as possible to allow me to set up and compose the image whilst there was sufficient light. Dolbadarn Castle sits on the edge of Llanberis town and I calculated that the Milky Way would rise away from the town and the worst of the light pollution. In the end, the light from Llanberis was strong enough to create some illumination on the castle, and this was later added to by the moon - adding a little detail to the foreground rocks and grassy areas in-between, but was insufficient to prevent a good image of the stars. The sky was sadly not as cloudless as forecast, but I had a short window of approximately 10minutes where the Milky Way was positioned where I wanted it, and the cloud cleared. The tech bit: the resulting image is a stacked composite of 17images - 16images exposed at 15secs f2.8 128,000 ISO stacked in Starry Landscape Stacker to reduce the visibility of random noise; a single long exposure of the foreground at ISO1600.

Tags: Castle Snowdonia Astrophotography Milky way Llanberis Dolbadarn castle Landscape and travel Medevil 1 of 52 project 1 out of 52 project

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6 Aug 2018 1:44PM
Top drawer
Minty805 Plus
4 40 9 United Kingdom
6 Aug 2018 2:14PM
A stunning image, with the lighting balance between the foreground and the sky just right. Thanks for sharing the data on this technical image - very interesting, although that's some ISO! A lovely piece of work. Allan
Tynnwrlluniau Plus
11 112 38 Wales
6 Aug 2018 2:37PM
Outstanding image, Adam - really impressive and well worth the effort.
saltireblue Plus
10 11.4k 69 Norway
6 Aug 2018 3:12PM
Blimey, Adam! That's impressive planning and thinking and executing!
So is the result.

6 Aug 2018 3:57PM
absolutely magic⭐
RLF Plus
10 18 4 United Kingdom
6 Aug 2018 3:59PM
Excellent photos and superb processing skillsTongue
Vambomarbleye 3 153 14 Scotland
6 Aug 2018 5:41PM
6 Aug 2018 7:21PM
Really good. Thanks for the narrative. It helps a lot.
6 Aug 2018 7:32PM
pamelajean Plus
14 1.5k 2188 United Kingdom
6 Aug 2018 10:17PM
I am in awe. A magnificent result. Have a well deserved GEA.
6 Aug 2018 11:15PM
clicknimagine Plus
11 744 104 India
10 Aug 2018 7:49AM
Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
17 Aug 2018 7:30PM
Breathtaking location, breathtaking image presented...
Isabel GrinGrin
27 Aug 2018 9:20PM
Stunning photography

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