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April 7, 2011
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Canon EOS 40D
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112/1 second
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11 mm
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Apr 7, 2011, 1:29:04 AM
Adobe Photoshop CS4 Windows
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Starry Night by Meowgli Starry Night by Meowgli
([link] - Starry Night - Joe Satriani)

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 )
Ball-Head Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
Very special athmosphere. Genial!
thanksthatisenough Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
nine9nine9 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Well worth the effort! A one of a kind magnificent photo!
Sonnets-and-Suicides Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You've been featured here: [link] :D
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.
erhansasmaz Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012
beautiful capture!
Muwaru Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011
a must fav! excellent work.
Meowgli Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012   Photographer
Thanks :)
fhrei Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011
beautiful :D
Meowgli Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012   Photographer
Thanks :)
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