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Finally I get my starry shot of the windmill I've been wanting for the past year :)

Really there are only a few days each month when attempting this shot was possible as to get good star visibility it's best to shoot around a new moon. Of course a clear night is also a must and several months this past year the two never coincided. Other times I was simply too busy with other engagements or afflicted by an uncharacteristic apathy and laziness (call it seasonal affective disorder or something!).

Anyway, last night ticked all the right boxes and I was psyched to go give it a try. Probably a little excited cos I rushed out the door not long after sunset, drove the 15 miles there and realised immediately on getting out of the car I didn't have my bloody tripod. Muppet! I pissed around with a makeshift support on my bag and coat for the best part of an hour before deciding it was hopeless. Dejected and mad at myself I got back in the car and drove home under starry skies. Damn. Can't be having this.... gotta go back...

So I packed a sandwich, mini bottle of whisky, whacked a load of tunes on my phone and headed back out about 11:30, determined to have something to show for my efforts. After about an hour of experimenting with points of view, camera settings and lighting methods I had formulated a gameplan.

The shot went something like this:
Open the shutter on bulb mode, paint the windmill with a powerful handtorch, fire an external flash into the foreground on 1/64 power, leg it up to the mill, fire two flash bursts into the ceiling on 1/8 power, search for the red light of my camera in the field so I could find my way back to it, wait about half a minute, close the shutter.... all the while with my playlist blaring on full volume in my pocket. I must have looked a right nutter having my little one-man rave and shining lights everywhere! Fortunately I was alone with nobody to witness my madness :giggle:

Eventually got home just before 3...

Some of you are probably getting sick of seeing this windmill by now, well you'll be glad to know I've only got one more shot to get of it - autumn harvest so I have one from each season.

Hope you like it!

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Given 2011-06-12
Suggester says; The combination of clever foreground lighting and the backdrop of the stars creates an atmosphere that's nothing short of magical... This is exactly why I love night photography!
Starry Night by *Meowgli ( Suggested by GraphiteColours and Featured by ScENeYmE )
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Ball-Head Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
Very special athmosphere. Genial!
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thanksthatisenough Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
:love:
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nine9nine9 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Well worth the effort! A one of a kind magnificent photo!
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Sonnets-and-Suicides Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You've been featured here: [link] :D
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aeroartist Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
hah lovely to read about how badly you wanted the shot. isn't that such a nice feeling? and so satisfying. i love the tone int his. it's really just perfect.
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erhansasmaz Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012
beautiful capture!
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Muwaru Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011
a must fav! excellent work.
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Meowgli Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012   Photographer
Thanks :)
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fhrei Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011
beautiful :D
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Meowgli Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012   Photographer
Thanks :)
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leftxunbroken Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011
Where was this taken, if I might ask? It's absolutely gorgeous!
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Meowgli Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012   Photographer
Chesterton Windmill, Warwickshire, England. Thank you :)
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ragnaice Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:wow: I can't say anything that hasn't been said...
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Meowgli Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012   Photographer
:D
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RaithSands Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Great Shot!!
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Meowgli Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012   Photographer
Thanks :)
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Kaz-D Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Hello!
You have been spotlit Here!
Please fav if you liked it!
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Meowgli Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012   Photographer
Thanks a lot for the feature!
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MeFlyingFree Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Professional General Artist
A shot well worth the amount of effort! Beautiful!
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Meowgli Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012   Photographer
Thank you very much :)
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MeFlyingFree Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
You're very welcome! :)
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kayleero Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Student General Artist
Amazing!! I'm amazed!! Purely amazed!!
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Meowgli Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012   Photographer
:D
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kayleero Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Student General Artist
Seriously, amazed.
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Meowgli Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012   Photographer
hehe so I gather! thanks a lot for the watch too :D
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kayleero Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Student General Artist
No problem!! :heart:
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theblueberrybush Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011  Student Photographer
This is probably one of the single most attractive photos ive ever come across on deviantart! kudos!
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Meowgli Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012   Photographer
What a compliment! Thank you very much :)
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lucicerious Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011
Haha, if only someone had filmed you taking this shot! Amazing how well it came out, and you can tell how long you had the shutter open, the stars are blurred where the Earth had moved. Truly is a masterpiece so congratulations.
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Meowgli Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012   Photographer
Thank you so much for the kind comment!
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Danutza88 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Hello!:) You've been featured here: [link]
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Meowgli Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012   Photographer
Thank you for the feature!
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JindrichLisy Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
OMG! This is absolutely stunning shot! Great work!
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Meowgli Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011   Photographer
thanks very much :)
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georgewjohnson Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
That is a truly stunning composition! Congratulations.
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Meowgli Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011   Photographer
Thanks a lot!
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Trinit94 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011  Student Photographer
Looks really lovely
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Meowgli Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011   Photographer
thank you :)
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MaX-DooM Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011
it was worth the wait ;o)
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Meowgli Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011   Photographer
thanks, I'm glad I went back!
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Leogem Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011
Worth the effort
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Meowgli Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011   Photographer
thanks!
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TopherGentry Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011   Photographer
DD is well deserved, here. fanfriggentastic shot!
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e2micha Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011
Great Picture :clap:
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Meowgli Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011   Photographer
thank you!
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leapintotheboundless Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Simply breathtaking. :wow: And how you captured this shot tells a story of real devotion.
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Meowgli Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011   Photographer
thank you!
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Jaklaski Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Student Photographer
beautiful!
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Meowgli Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011   Photographer
thank you!
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Johhy55 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011
Amazing!
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