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Time for a re-fresh

Now it is time to refresh Macs Photography website.

HI, as any regular visitor to my website will know, I have not been updating very regularly. I am now in the process of correcting and refreshing my site with new and updated look and images. Thanks for your patience, and watch this space. Browse my images or follow my updated blog posts as I make improvements. Like all major undertakings this process will take time as I need to create new images and review new topics, all of which are time consuming. If you don’t have the patience to wait then sorry, but good things take time. If I rush it will not be the quality that I expect of myself or would want to deliver. Any major project is time consuming but quality takes time.


The Milky Way

So, I have just achieved something that has been simmering away for some time now. An image of the Milky way captured in my local coastal Landscape. For those in the know Astral photography has its own skill set which not all Photographers can achieve. I don’t say this because of it requiring a particular expertise or experience as a photographer but sadly you can be limited in your results by the equipment you use. In a perfect world we would all be able to afford the best cameras and lenses money could buy, but most of the Togs I know are not in this position. To achieve the very best results would need a wishlist going something like:- DSLR with a very high ISO capability, F1.8,  8 to 20mm prime lens, sturdy tripod, cable release, flask of Coffee etc, etc, a knowledge of how to focus your lens manually in the dark( AF wont work) and an understanding of how to use your DSLR in manual mode.

Milky way over Wembury
Milky way over Wembury

A full frame DSLR will tend to have a higher Dynamic range and a greater ISO capability than a crop sensor DSLR, allowing the camera to suck in more light during the exposure. You also need to work out your exposure time by dividing your focal length into 500 on a full frame sensor  ie, 500 / 24 = 20 seconds which is the maximum exposure time before you will pick up movement in the stars. Then instead of a starry sky you will be shooting star trails. On a crop sensor multiply your focal length by 1.6 for Canon or 1.5 for Nikon before using the 500 calculation. This will allow for the different sensor sizes and give you the correct exposure time for your camera and lens combination. Experiment with your ISO settings to see which setting gives you the cleanest image as this will vary greatly between cameras and manufacturers. Lastly, and probably most important you will need to pick a dark night with no moon and wait until after astronomical twilight ends to get the darkest night sky as far away from any light pollution as you can get. A tool like the Photographers Ephemeris (free on your computer) will give you this information. Sadly for normal people this is between 1am and 3 am during the summer months in the UK, when the Milky way is higher in the sky.

More Prints for sale.

I have just recently updated the selection of prints from my Landscape portfolio on sale at my local farm shop, the Countrymans choice at Ivybridge near Plymouth in dear old Devon.

If you live locally go and have a look, and browse the fantastic produce on offer to support this local business. All of the fresh produce is sourced locally and I personally buy all my meat from this butcher. The quality is outstanding and the prices compare favourably with my local supermarket. The big advantage? All the meat is from Devon Farmers so its provenance is well known.

And while you are there also browse my prints sale and enjoy my work. All of the images on sale can be re produced on canvas if framed prints are not your thing. Just contact me for a personal quotation to suit your requirements. 🙂


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