I couldn't sleep one night so I got in my car and went on a drive up to Dartmoor as I sometimes do. I took my camera with me since it was a full moon and I had in mind a particular place that I had found on a previous trip. When I got there it was bitterly cold but I had walked a fair bit up a hill in the dark so I thought I would make the most of it. I had recently bought a light stick to do some light painting but a few shots in I was still struggling to get the right settings and couldn't get a smooth trail since it was very uneven ground and didn't want to hurt myself in the middle of nowhere. I then had the idea to do some long exposures and thought it would be a good time to try and get some shots with me in it (I normally hate being in front of the camera). I set up my camera on the tripod and then went up onto this outcrop and then posed for a while and so to not have to climb up too many times I did several long exposures on after the other, only to realise that after about the second one, the lens started fogging up so I had been sitting perfectly still in the cold for nothing!
This shot I really liked as the silhouette came out really strongly and would never have imagined that the sky would come out so well. I had a few niggles in the top left corner after doing a bit of editing when converting the RAW file to a JPEG and sadly seemed to lose a lot of image quality. But I was still really happy with this shot, and even though this was the only decent photograph that came out that night I think it was still worth it.
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