Stowe Starscape

stowe stars night

I’ve been itching to do some night shots with my new 24-70 lens, so last night I bit the bullet and braved the cold.

I headed up to Stowe, which probably has the least light pollution in the vicinity. It was very dark. Cycling down a narrow,  uneven dirt track, my little bike light only revealed a few metres ahead of me at any one point. It wasn’t the cleverest of ideas!

I set up by the Corinthian Arch at the main entrance and messed around with settings. I had to focus manually (understandably the 5D3 had met its match) to get the arch looking crisp, which took a bit of tweaking.

This one was my favourite (24mm @ 15 sec, f3.2, ISO 1000). It was the result of a happy experiment where I took advantage of some car headlights which were lighting up the arch as it drove towards me. The amount of light those headlights let out was incredible, and it made me think about their creative potential… budget flood lights!

Watch this space…..

4 thoughts on “Stowe Starscape

    1. Thank you! I love it. The focusing is brilliant, the colours and contrast are also great, and the quality of the image around the edges is seriously impressive too (apart from some vignetting). I have only used the older model once, though, so can’t really compare the two, but having used a lot of other lenses I can certainly say it’s top notch!

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Stowe Starscape

stowe stars night

I’ve been itching to do some night shots with my new 24-70 lens, so last night I bit the bullet and braved the cold.

I headed up to Stowe, which probably has the least light pollution in the vicinity. It was very dark. Cycling down a narrow,  uneven dirt track, my little bike light only revealed a few metres ahead of me at any one point. It wasn’t the cleverest of ideas!

I set up by the Corinthian Arch at the main entrance and messed around with settings. I had to focus manually (understandably the 5D3 had met its match) to get the arch looking crisp, which took a bit of tweaking.

This one was my favourite (24mm @ 15 sec, f3.2, ISO 1000). It was the result of a happy experiment where I took advantage of some car headlights which were lighting up the arch as it drove towards me. The amount of light those headlights let out was incredible, and it made me think about their creative potential… budget flood lights!

Watch this space…..

4 thoughts on “Stowe Starscape

    1. Thank you! I love it. The focusing is brilliant, the colours and contrast are also great, and the quality of the image around the edges is seriously impressive too (apart from some vignetting). I have only used the older model once, though, so can’t really compare the two, but having used a lot of other lenses I can certainly say it’s top notch!

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