Sunday, 7 January 2018

First Sun of The New Year - 7th January

The sun is very low in the sky for me around the winter solstice, and for a couple of months hides between the trees and rooftops of the urban skyline.  Clear blue skies on this sunday morning tempted me out in the frost to catch a 20 minute window as the sun glides between the rooftops of neighbouring houses.  The wind was from the east so I knew seeing was going to be poor, and coupled with said rooftops steaming as the heavy frost sublimated in the winter sunshine.  I didn't have long to set up for the shot, so this really is very rough and ready, but is always nice to get a view of our star after such a long break.  Taken with the Lunt DS50 and PGR Chameleon 3 camera.

Iceland Aurora December 2017

I was fortunate to be in Iceland over the Christmas period in December 2017, and as always in Iceland one of my favourite things to do is look out for the Northern lights.  Cloud was a problem but then on Boxing Day and for the following 3 nights the Aurora put on a good show.  Not the best i've seen, but certainly not the worst.  Temperatures of -10c on the night didn't make observing the aurora a pleasant experience but the view certainly helps to forget the cold.  All images were taken with the trusty Canon 350D, 30s exposure, ISO800 with the Sigma 10-20mm lens on 10mm f4.  A link to all images can be found in my Flickr below.