Last night gave the first clear sky since the new year and after watching the BBC’s stargazing live extravaganza I fancied a bit of nighttime photography. I have tried this a couple of times before at Mumbles and  on top of Cefn Bryn and been pretty impressed with the results. On this occasion it was the turn of Penclawdd on Gower, normally one of my regular haunts during day light hours for bird watching. In a happy coincidence the tide was just at its peak and with no wind the Burry Inlet was like a mill pond.

23844 - Penclawdd in the dark
23846 - Penclawdd in the dark

The light pollution from Llanelli is clear but I really like the way it has helped to highlight the foreground and given a nice transition into the blackness of the night. I used my old Canon 10D for these pictures as opposed to my usual Lumix superzoom and the extra light sensitivity has certainly worked wonders. Unfortunately the battery only lasted for a couple of shots as it is way past its prime. I will have to invest in a replacement as going on these results I think I may have found a new way to occupy myself on these dark winter nights.


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