During international dark sky week in April of 2021, "Friends of The Lake District" had organised a "big switch off" which involved turning off many of the lights around Ambleside, Grasmere and Keswick among other places that got involved too. I took full advantage of this amazing opportunity by standing out in temperatures as low as -5 from midnight until dawn and capturing the milkyway arch in all its splendour over the Stone Circle at Castlerigg. A full hours worth of photos went into capturing this image - 27 individual images stacked, stitched and blended together to create this incredible result!
Size: 60x20cms rolled poster print
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I spend a lot of time at Castlerigg and it's easy to see why - it's a magical place with 360 views of the surrounding fells and amazing dark skies in all directions. This was an image I nearly didn't get. The motor in my star tracker stopped working and with 25 minutes to go before Dawn, I ran back to the car in search of an Allen key to fix my tracker and when I opened the driver's door, there was one in the door pocket which just happened to be the right size, I'd accidentally taken it home from work! I took the tracker apart and fixed the motor and got back just in time to capture the Milkyway rising over the distant fells, what a rush!
About the photographer - Dom is a 26 year old astro-photographer from the Lake District, UK. He loves nothing more than travelling to remote and wild locations and capturing incredible dark skies using his astro-modified camera and specialist sky tracking equipment.
Dom says “I do what I do because I am fascinated by what’s out there, the aim of my work isn’t to show people what’s there that you can see, but what’s there that you can’t see! I also love inspiring people to get out and spend time under the stars, it will change your perspective on the world and is very healing!”
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