Sunday, November 06, 2011

Scenics, Sunset, Star Trails, and a Dead Gannet

Amazingly clear blue skies here in Swansea today:

Whilst others were seeing Isabelline this and that, the highlight (if you can call it that) of my birding day was a dead Gannet on Blackpill Beach:

The clear blue sky soon gave way to the pinkish hues of sunset. These Asian babes (er, Oriental girls) provided some foreground interest:

Gorgeous colours over the Mumbles:

I went out again after dark, and tried this long exposure shot down at the beach. For the technically minded, this picture was a half-hour exposure at ISO 100 and f/6.3:

These star-trail shots are very much at the experimental stage for me at the moment, but I hope to get something better soon. The moon was a bit bright tonight (so bright that I could read by it whilst waiting for the exposure to complete), but clear nights here are so unusual that I had to give it a go.


  1. A grand day and well shot. A can blend star trails in Photoshop. If you would like the words and music then drop me an e-mail.

  2. Really enjoying your long exposure shots Jeremy. I've seen a couple of dead Gannets around Gower recently, and it was hard to resist the draw of two Isabelline's with the glorious weather this weekend.

  3. Thanks for your comments. Adrian, I think I'll stick with single shots for now, as I think my old computer would struggle with combining 100 30-second shots, as I saw in one guy's article!