Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Dark Skies of Coll

The last couple of weeks has continued to be a mixed bag of weather but I didn't expect any different for the Hebrides at this time of the year. I have come to the end of of my four week spell and I have really enjoyed the challenge of capturing the dark skies on the isle. I set myself a target of planned locations while on the isle and I have managed to get two thirds of them so I will be keen to come back for a spell and cover some more locations. 

The big word again was persistence as I had to find small windows of clear skies to shoot the frames and enough to get a sequence. I was always aware of the changing weather and ready to head out in the field when I found a break. I ended up ignoring the weather forecast predictions in the later weeks and just going off what I could see at the present time.

I will send my best still images to the Coll Dark Sky group so they can use them as they please to promote the isle. In the next few weeks I will edit all my frames to put a time lapse video sequence together with my locations I have covered so far. 

Here is a few of my latest stills images...


Creels stacked up on the old Arinagour pier. I used the artificial light from the cafe xmas lights on a moonless night. 
A 90% waxing moon to the south lit up the landscape nicely for this location at the
ferry pier looking east...You can always tell which direction your facing by the angle of the star trail...
Arinagour bay at dusk with the stars appearing. I did the time lapse from dusk to capture the changing light and accumulation of the stars...
Star trail looking north from the ferry pier. 50 frames stacked together to capture the movement of the stars and cloud...
Fin Whale jaw bone 12-15 foot in height. A 90% moon again provided a short exposure and
painted landscape with the stronger magnitude stars visible in the sky.

The 56 foot fin whale was washed up in 2004 on the isle...

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