We went camping recently, high up in the mountains, in a place where even cell phone signals don’t dare to go.
I took the opportunity to try my hand at photographing the stars in all their resplendent glory. It’s not as easy as you might think!
Even up there, there was a noticeable amount of light pollution, but holding the lens open for 30 seconds or so, I managed to get some shots in which you can see the ‘clouds’ of the Milky Way.
What happened toward the end of my shoot was the most exciting thing for me though.
I had positioned myself away from the campsite a little and had everyone in the camp switch their flashlights off so I could get the best pictures possible, but in one photo, I noticed a reddish-brown splodge in the bottom right hand corner.
A little investigation revealed that it was a tree that I’d caught the top of in my shot and the light of the fire had lit it up with an unnatural tint.
I’m not a huge fan of Photoshopping pictures, although some people do incredible things with the program. These shots look a little doctored though, but I assure you, they weren’t. They’re just the stars and the trees by the light of the fire, as the camera saw them