First attempt at star photography

After months of scrolling through beautiful photos of the Milky Way in Dorset on Instagram, I thought it was time to get out there myself and give it a go. Last night’s conditions looked perfect – it was going to be clear with only a small amount of “moon” – and Lulworth Cove seemed like a great place to try out my new tripod.

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We arrived just as the sun was setting and had a little walk up to the top

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Once the sun had properly set we made our way to Lulworth Inn for some hot drinks, to warm up a bit and wait for the sky to get properly dark.

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At about half 9 we walked over to the beach. It was due to get properly dark at around half 10 so we had a little while to wait, but I got some pics in the mean time, trying to work out camera settings…

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Unfortunately this is the best photo I got of the Milky Way with the cove in the shot – but I was still fiddling with the focus and stuff so it’s all a bit blurry…

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The clouds came creeping in, covering the bits of sky I knew had the main Milky Way bits in…

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Luke got the opportunity to practise standing very still for 20 second periods…

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We left around 11pm, so didn’t really give the sky a fair chance to clear up. I heard it did clear up before midnight so we definitely should have stuck it out… next time we need to bring little chairs, blankets and a thermos of tea. (Why do all my posts end with “next time we’ll bring a picnic”? The logical conclusion is that I need to bring a picnic with me wherever I go)

Camera-wise, I used my Nikon D5500 with its kit lens – mostly at f3.5, 18mm and ISO 1600, 20 second exposures. Was really pleased with how it did for being “just” a kit lens. And a shiny new Manfrotto tripod, which is a total dream and one of those things I wish I had got sooner

Waiting for the next clear night so I can get back out there now!

Anna xx

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