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...|