The Milky Way!

The Milky Way is something that often made me curious, the large whirlpool of 200 billion stars and it's fantasy like appearance. It really is one of the most spectacular sights you can ever experience. 

Growing up, I saw a lot of photographs of the Milky Way and thought it would only be possible to see through the eye of a telescope, I never once thought I would be able to capture such a beautiful sight through my camera one day. During my trip to Isle of Skye in August 2016 I managed to get my first glimpse into astrophotography and since then it's opened up a whole new photographic chapter in my life.

My first attempt at photographing the Milky Way! Isle of Skye.  

My first attempt at photographing the Milky Way! Isle of Skye.

 

In order to photograph the night sky you need complete darkness with as little light pollution as possible. It can be difficult to set up your camera for the perfect shot as your walking around in complete darkness, plenty of times I have taken a dodgy composition or my photograph has been completely out of focus. But with practice and a lot of patience comes rewards and let me tell you, once you get that shot you'll be hooked!  

Glencoe has become my favourite places to photograph, with its stunning valleys and incredible waterfalls it really is hard to beat. As luck would have it, it's also an incredible location at night! On a clear night you will be blown away by the sheer beauty of the night sky. Below is an image I took at Buachaille Etive Mor on a cloudy night, you can see the blanket of stars above the clouds and I thought it made a really interesting image of the two different types of sky you can expect to see in Glencoe.   

The above image was the first time I had tried to capture the stars in Glencoe, I knew I wasen't going to get the perfect shot but now I knew it was possible! I made my way back a few weeks later and I was greeted with something spectacular, a night I will never forget...

The Milky Way in Glencoe. 

The Milky Way in Glencoe. 

On this particular night, I could see the outline of the Milky Way with my own eyes, I quickly set up my tripod and got my composition ready. I struggled to make the most of the scene so I opted to do a 5 shot panoramic image and I blended them together to create this epic view of such an incredible moment in my life. It was at this moment I realized that photography is what I live for. 

 

The Milky Way in Glencoe.

The Milky Way in Glencoe.

Astrophotography is and will continue being one of my favourite things to photograph, it's incredibly rewarding and I'm very proud to capture a moment in time that's not just occurring on our planet... but also in the galaxy we reside in.