Downhill Aurora 2014


With the possibility of an Aurora this evening, and the first of the 2014/2015 season, I couldn’t turn down the opportunity to miss it.

Although very faint, it’s confirmation that the 2014/2015 Aurora season has officially begun! You can see the green glow on the left handside just about the clouds and the 2 lights on the horizon.

Hopefully this is the first of many more sightings to come!

Polaris Star Trails


I’ve tried star trails many times before but the last time I did it, the image turned out very pixelated and had a grid effect on it for some strange reason… tried tonight again and succeeded with a clean image!

The star that doesn’t move (never moves) is known as Polaris and all other stars rotate around this.

Bellarena Aurora


I thought yesterday that my illness was finally away so I thought I’d get an early night so I could get back up at 6am to get back into training.

I woke shortly after 1AM after dreaming about the Northern Lights! In the dream we had the best storm ever witnessed on our shores… then I woke up lol

Anyway, here’s a shot from February this year of the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) taken just outside of Bellarena, which is a few miles from Benone Beach.

The Aurora season is almost upon us, with the skies at night actually being almost dark now.

Hopefully plenty of oppotunies chasing the Northern Lights this season :)

Bella Light Trails


I got a new main monitor recently and I really need to calibrate the colours on it as this looks terrible!

Anyway, so glad to have the sun of my life back in my life again as she is now going to be tortured again with me taking photos of her.

Thought I’d experiment with some long exposures and light trails tonight to create a different kind of portrait photo.

The idea behind the photo I think is fantastic, but I the quality and framing of the image is awful.

I’m going to try this again soon :)

Milky Way


I was out tonight with another photographer friend who just happened to have the lens I was looking to buy – the Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 (which I have now ordered on Amazon) and he was kind enough to let me borrow his for a quick shot of the milky way.

This image isn’t 100%, foreground isn’t in focus, sky is slightly out of focus, and there is a few other things wrong with it that I would fix, but I literally was only doing a quick shot to see what it was capable of.

This is the milkyway over Eglinton this evening.

Over the next few weeks I hope to get a good load of opportunities to photography the milkyway again with my own Tokina 11-16.

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