Tuesday, 4 May 2021

Awesome morning of bluebells in Wiltshire

Leaving home at 4am to catch the elusive sunrise/mist combo in West Woods, Wiltshire.

The conditions certainly didn't disappoint, with a lovely warm glow coming through the light mist. The bluebells look amazing this year.

Only downside was the "crowds".. about 20 photographers there this morning. Some of the local guys say they've never seen anything like it! Still, everyone was chatty and respected each others' space and the bluebells... not too much trampling to be seen.

Very pleased with the results and a couple of extras deeper into Wiltshire on the way home.

Pewsey Vale from Knap Hill

Obligatory Spring Oilseed rape photo, with some crepuscular rays on top

Thursday, 22 April 2021

Back to Hascombe Hill stone circle- Lyrids and sunrise

 Another stupid (1:30am) rise and a 30min drive down to Hascombe Hill stone circle.

Forecast was for a completely clear night/sunrise and tonight was the Lyrids meteor shower peak.

Unfortunately, the moon was up and large, only setting after 4am, so the sky was a bit washed out. Didn't see any meteors, but managed to capture a couple of small ones on the GoPro.

Sunrise was a bit better, with some lovely light, but I don't think I did it justice. I like the high GoPro shots- these were done with a GoPro on a selfie stick, on a fully extended tripod.

Tuesday, 6 April 2021

Milky Way 2021 season kicks off

 A very early (up @ 0130) trip down to Selsey to capture the early season Milky Way.

It was lovely and clear and I managed a good number of tracked 2 minute shots.

I still feel my MW shots have a bit of a "muddy" feel to them compared to other's really sharp images.

Thursday, 1 April 2021

Surrey's very own Stone Circle

In the week lockdown lifted (slightly!) I was desperate to get out and get some fresh air.

I've been looking for local highpoints facing East/South East so I can capture the Milky Way (or maybe a sunrise) and came across this place.

What a find! The sunrise wasn't great, but it was lovely to just be there. Will certainly be back again.

Tuesday, 9 March 2021

Saturday, 6 March 2021

Deep in lockdown

Not been able to get out the village for months now, so been trying to entertain myself with some night photography while out on the daily walk.

London skyline from Curley Hill (Canon 77d, 300mm lens, f11, 13s, ISO200)

Orion (Google Pixel 4 phone, Astro mode)

Sunday, 24 January 2021


 Went for a chilly walk locally and ended up with a lovely dump of snow.

Cyclist walking home along the Basingstoke Canal

Winter wonderland...

Sunday, 3 January 2021

A much-needed Cornwall weekend

 Just before Tier4 lockdown kicked in, I managed to get to Cornwall for a long weekend.

Thursday, 12 November 2020

Autumn 2020- A great year for colour.... for those that can make it out!

 This year has been a fantastic year for colour on the trees. Something to do with the warm Summer, then a wet Autumn without any storms or frosts to knock off the changing leaves.

A new job + COVID-19 restrictions has limited how much I can get out in the mornings and I've missed some cracking sunrises that I've watched from the home office.

After a string of misty mornings, I made it out to Deepcut Woods to try to capture the season. Unfortunately, the mist largely let me down on this morning, with just a little hanging about in the lowest areas.

Quite happy with this moody shot from a location deep in the woods I've photographed before. The second one is an old favourite on my mountain bike rides... A trail segment known as "Four Seasons".

Tuesday, 27 October 2020

Autumn colours

Coronavirus, plus various other life distractions have meant I haven't been out much with the camera over the last few months. Which is a shame, as the Autumn colours are particularly vibrant this year, partly thanks to all the wet weather (which is one of the reasons it's hard to drag myself out!)

Here's one I grabbed on my Pixel4 while out on a walk, dodging the rain showers.

Menacing skies over Pirbright Woods, Surrey UK

Monday, 14 September 2020

A final farewell to 2020 Milky Way season? Plus a bonus sunrise

 Decided to make use of an empty Sunday night and head down to the South Coast to get a milky way shot. Forecast was for clear skies, with fog in the morning.

So I decided on a double-header- MW in the evening (10pm ish), then down to Dorset to try to capture the elusive Corfe Castle mist shot.

Milky Way session went well, although the sky was quite hazy along the horizon. Got some tracked shots of the sky and some foreground shots for stacking. The results are a little muddy, but still look OK.

Milky Way, Saturn, Jupiter and a meteor over the English Channel

I headed on to Dorset, had a few hours sleep in the car, then climbed West Hill in thick fog (very hopeful!). There were about 10 people up there by the time dawn hit (06:45), but still no sign of the sun. Just a few meters visibility and it was cold and damp up there.

A guy had a drone and flew up just 40m above us, from where the view was epic! A lovely view across the valley, with just the tops of the distant hills popping out above the fog, the sun spilling orange light over the fog, which was rolling over and down the hills. No sign of the castle though.

Waited until about 9, and although the sun was breaking through, there was no sign of the low-lying fog clearing, so I headed home, via the New Forest. By now all the fog/mist had gone, so the morning shots were a bit of a bust. 

I checked the Corfe Webcam on the way home and it seemed like the sun finally beat the fog at about 10:30. I could have stayed, but the shot wouldn't have been great as the sun was so high. Oh well- another day!

Waiting for the fog to clear

Fogbow behind us

THE shot of the castle!

The shot I wanted!

Thursday, 10 September 2020

Breaking the lockdown blues in the New Forest

Been stuck at home for a few months due to lockdown and lack of funds, but got myself out early this morning hoping to catch some autumnal mist in the New Forest.

My destination was Rockford, to capture a classic view of the heather and (hopefully) some mist in the valley behind. Weather conditions looked promising, with a clear night and a still, clear morning.

On arrival (and on the journey down), there was no sign of mist and the sky was looking cloudy. Lots of gaps in the cloud though and a faint glow on the Eastern horizon an hour before sunrise, so I was optimistic for nice conditions, even if there was no mist. 

I found "the spot" without too much trouble, although it doesn't look anywhere near as dramatic without the mist.

Happy with the shots I got, and I headed off to Bolderwood Drive to get some shots of the morning sun coming through the trees. I'll certainly be back to try to get the elusive mist and to capture the autumn colours when they properly come through in the coming weeks....

Sunrise over the heather

Sunrise over the New Forest

Sunlight through the trees

Sunlight through the trees