Astrophotography is a whole new adventure for me. Planning some star shots has been on my list since we planned this trip. I knew there would be a new moon and a good location for a dark sky when we were at Park Cottage, just out of Portree. The novice ‘star sky guy’ in me did not know that it never really gets dark here in Scotland at this time of year. The forecast was for minimal clouds so I prepared a location and dragged myself out of bed at 12:00.
The midges had been horrendous in the evening when I was preparing a set up spot. I was prepared for them with only my eyes visible for the torture of the midges.
Fortunately by midnight the midges had retired for the evening and left my face alone.
Clouds continued to come and go through the couple of hours I was out but did revel enough stars for some images. The shots, though unimpressive for night photography, gave me an appetite to try some more in the future.
This is a one hour exposure to get the star trails as the earth rotates.
A shot with the few stars that were visible with the clouds and ambient light blocking many stars.