Back in 2017 a friend and I packed our cameras, hired a CampEasy campervan and hit up the classic photography locations of Iceland’s southern coast. From Snaefellsness to Hofn and back to Reykjavik, we slept under the stars and northern lights and woke up next to glaciers, beaches, mountains and volcanoes. We were constantly at the helm of the rugged weather but at one with the landscape and the freedom to relocate was so liberating. It was so good, I wanted to do it again.
As a landscape astrophotographer one of the first things I'll do when using a new camera is to find out the best ISO to use for low-light noise performance. The way to do this is to test the camera at all its ISO settings and find the point at which it begins to display ISO-invariant behaviour (if it even does at all).
I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed by the legendary Togcast! We discuss what got me started, what makes me so passionate about the night sky and a bit about how I go about my work. Check it out:
Sigma Imaging UK recently short-loaned me their 14mm f/1.8 Art lens to take out under the dark skies of Wales and see what I thought of it from an astrophotographer's viewpoint. With a night-long forecast for clear skies just before the new moon I headed to the Elan Valley in Mid Wales to test it out.
I was refreshing the weather forecast hoping for some kind of miracle. Metoffice, Brecon Beacons… cloudy. Elan Valley… cloudy. Pembrokeshire? Cloudy. Oh why not, Snowdonia… cloudy.
After only catching a few meteors the night before it looked like Wales was going to miss the peak of the Perseids meteor shower 2016. And what a show it was forecast to be, with astronomers pointing towards an ‘outburst’ – nearly twice the average rates with almost 200 meteors per hour!
I’ve never felt so simultaneously anxious, excited, frantic, elated, pressured and exhilarated in my entire life! Adell had hoofed it up Corn Du (873m) meaning she had to wait a long 45 minutes in the cold blistering wind whilst I sludged around marsh land about 2km west of her up on Y Gyrn. I was trying to get myself into the precise position to capture the moon rising behind her, with an error margin of just a couple of metres.