Watching the World

Dark Skies

In the bleak midwinter there was deep snow on the ground and some fabulous dark skies.

They look like manufactured backdrops, but each is a photo of a genuine sky with some smoothing created by the cloud movement during the long exposures.

The sky at night - weather permitting


The sky at night - weather permitting


The two above have some natural colouration because of the newly installed white street lamp behind the camera.

The sky at night - weather permitting


The sky at night - weather permitting


Wheras these two are red/orange due to the old sodium lamp on the other side.

The sky at night - weather permitting


The last one was illuminated by the neighbours security light, the localised white light drowning the orange street lights to give a more usual colour to the tree, also partially blurred by wind motion. That tree has now gone, taking the neighbours washing line with it. We did temporarily remove a fence panel, keeping casualties to a minimum.

  Post Scriptum

Well, they look smooth on my nice monitor at home at least. On the crummy monitor at work they look like jigsaw puzzles with crazed lines caused by banding, an effect similar to non-dithered gifs from the days of dial-up. Nice effect, when you want it . . .

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