Sunday, 29 July 2012

Star trails from Winterfold

I experimented with a different technique for taking star trail shots: hundreds of 30 second exposures, merged together with some software (StarStax).

I like the result, and it also means you can produce a timelapse showing the creep of the stars across the sky for the two hours.

And also, another benefit for somebody like me, living underneath the glide paths of both Heathrow and Gatwick airports, I can delete frames where planes went overhead. Sadly this means that there are a few missing sections, but it's preferable to having airplanes zig zagging across the image..

Interestingly, while deleting those frames I counted six shooting stars in the space of this 2.5 hour exposure.

Saturday, 28 July 2012

Olympics 2012, the men's road race passes through Shere

Walked over to Shere this morning to see the Olympic men's road race come through. Shame Team GB couldn't win it, but it was great to see.

It's foxglove season; lots out on the walk over.

Graffiti under the Shere bypass. If it had been "Vino" I might have been a bit perturbed.

Yes, Shere is very pretty.

Shere church.


Stained glass.

Plenty of bunting out.

And plenty of cyclists.

"Go Cav!"

Somebody out enjoying the route before the pros come through.

There were more police motorcycles than there were cyclists..

The first rider through (part of a breakaway) was Australian.

The breakaway included one Team GB rider.

Then the main peleton came through.

The team cars.

Friday, 27 July 2012

Star trails and shooting stars

You might think I would have taken the time to focus the camera before taking a star trail shot last night, but clearly I am that forgetful..

A shooting star.

Another shooting star.

Star trails.

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Insects at 100mm

A few macro shots with a 100mm lens:



A parasitic mite on a Harvestman.


Mating dance.

Shiver and shake.


Skating on the surface of the water.