A little night sky.

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.

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  1. Leona May 24, 2023 at 10:04 am #

    So cool!

  2. Nola Leighton May 23, 2023 at 9:12 pm #

    Excellent first night sky try— the ‘up at Midnight’ and the midge invasion would be the spoilers for this prairie gopher.
    Happy to look at your wonderful shots though!

  3. Kelly Koski May 23, 2023 at 9:56 am #

    Trent,up until those pesky unrelenting nuisances aka midges ,I’ve been greenly envious of your trips ,writing and photographs! My top favourite so far,is your clothing aka self defense against midges! Your humor is top notch! You are truly down to earth and very loveable!! Please never stop!!

  4. Miranda May 23, 2023 at 5:03 am #

    Well, I’m no judge of night sky photography but I’m sure impressed with that sefie!! …and I love both of the star shots..I hope you were able to catch up on a few wee winks after your midnight excursion!

  5. Earl May 23, 2023 at 3:01 am #

    Impressive and brave considering the midges. Good first try.

    Wouldn’t our winter skies be perfect: well except for the cold part?

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