• These bushes are candidates for cloning out, but for the moment I've left them in place.
  • Colour here is light pollution from the street lighting in Swanage, tweaked towards magenta rather than orange in Lightroom 3.
  • The cloud cleared over here as the stars rose. The three stars at the bottom left of this note box are Orion's belt.
  • Tripod set up on the wavecut platform here, with numerous waves surging ankle deep around me. Though I did anchor it, you can see a slight blur along the main ridge (top left), presumably from one such impact.
  • Quite a bit of noise on the stones here - ISO 400 over ten minutes threw up quite a bit, and the "fill light" function which I used to bring the rocks into the picture exacerbated it.
  • Wish I had included more of this edge, but it was pitch black and rotating the image to get a straight horizon took out most of what little there was.
  • Lighthouse on Durlston Head.
  • great - A_Alfaleh عبدالرحمن الفالح

Extinction (Star Trails Over Jurassic Coast), Dorset

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First of a set from Friday night down at Winspit Cove in Dorset. I almost didn't bother due to a heavy mist and sporadic rain, but after the thirty minute walk down to the sea it had cleared somewhat. The retreating cloud picking up light pollution created a nice contrast to the rising stars in the blue twilight.

I'll be uploading another few images from the same set, all with different outcomes as the twilight blue vanished very quickly and this is the only shot to feature it. The scene was very dark, and even this 723 seconds at f/8.0 and ISO400 didn't bring out anymore than the skies colour and the mist of the sea. Usually I end up desaturated images, but this one needed a boost as well as some fill light and brightness to lift it. I also tweaked the WB so the light pollution came out more pink than its starting orange.

There's a little bit of a blur to the ridgeline from wave surging around the tripod. This is another shot that relied upon my new wellington boots, as I spent most of the shot ankle deep in surf. It was quite worrying, in fact, as the roar of the incoming waves is overwhelming and the darkness conceals their size. As you hear the deafening tide thrashing towards you, you have no idea if this is going to splash your ankles or come plunging over your shoulders to drag you back into the deep.

Viewing on black does lift this one another notch. Hope everyone's had a great few days whilst I've been away and look forward to catching up now I'm back.

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  1. AEChown 40 months ago | reply

    Brilliant - and love the colour

  2. Isa Milagres 40 months ago | reply

    cores lindas!!!

  3. kelley_leigh 40 months ago | reply

    this is breathtaking

  4. Cap'n S 40 months ago | reply

    Whoa! Love the colors!

  5. arzhaan 40 months ago | reply


  6. JoGo... 39 months ago | reply

    Never seen anything so magical looking! The colour is surreal, and all the stars falling in like meteors, make this look like another planet!

  7. k4♥wea 39 months ago | reply

    Gorgeous colour, I love this part of the UK, I visit it fairly often :-)

  8. agfertl 39 months ago | reply

    Fantastic capture!

  9. Deybliss 39 months ago | reply


  10. charmedoneX 37 months ago | reply

    This really is amazing!! Loving all the purples!!

  11. Laura_Christine 37 months ago | reply

    holy cow! AMAZING!!!!! gorgeous colors!! fantastic!

  12. C.Buttrill... 37 months ago | reply

    Awesome....love the colors!

  13. Pan.101 36 months ago | reply

    Really awesome ! Very beautiful.

  14. KrisssKristin 32 months ago | reply

    Fabulous picture!

  15. *seawind* 32 months ago | reply

    superb shot!!!

  16. Photo--Graphy [deleted] 32 months ago | reply

    Marvelous image, nicely composed and shot. Very well done.

  17. lacey lee photography 32 months ago | reply

    You have Amazing talent.

  18. vytko1.618 [deleted] 30 months ago | reply

    cool colours!

  19. Claire.W. 19 months ago | reply

    This is a stunning shot.

  20. some_stuff 18 months ago | reply

    star trails are just amazing

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