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User / Pete Rowbottom, Wigan, UK
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Into September now and I still haven't been back to the Lake District since C19 kicked off, I guess I'm just builing up a appetite for it... I decided on the spare of the moment without even bothering to check the weather to book a few days in Snowdonia, I fiugred that even if the weather went dreary I could just head to Dinorwic Quarry and embrace the gloom as it often looks great in wet and dramatic weather....

I'd never really got anything I liked from this location before and hadn't planned to shoot it on this trip, but the B&B was only 5 minutes away, the conditions looked good the night before, and I'd also get my breakfast before a day in the hills so I talked myself into it...

As it happens I'm glad I did as this is to date the best image I've got from here, definitely worth crouching down in the water and getting a soaked backside for anyway!

The eruption of light over the tops of Dinorwic was great but quiet brief, the hardest part of getting this shot was getting the tree as still as possible during the exposure as you can see by the water movement it was (annoyingly) fairly windy, a couple of grads on for the sky was giving me around a second and then just had to stare at the tree to wish it to keep still.

For anyone like minded who is wondering, the Breakfast was great :-) even with a wet backside.


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I've been after this shot for a good while now, timing was always going to be the key here along with when I was free, I'd planned to shoot it a week before this but the warm weather meant all the roads were heavily congested into the area with people heading for beaches....

This is the result of about 4-6 weeks weather watching, and this evening was the first night where it was going to be dry, not much wind, and where the (right height) tide, and Sunset were all pretty much aligned.

The high tide at under 7m was low enough not to swallow the entire hull of the boat so it was all systems go! Mike Tonge, and Mike Muddyboots decided to join me for an evenings shooting as well which was great.

I've been panicking a bit as the wrecked boat is due to be removed so this night was possibly my best or only chance at getting what I wanted, I ended up with 3 shots that I'm really happy with, so it's job done for this one.

Having been marooned since November 2019, Beached Yacht, 'Celestial Dawn' rests on her side at Lytham, on the Lancashire Coast..

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Somehow I've managed to miss uploading all my images from 3 trips to this fantastic abandoned slate Quarry in North Wales, I'm not sure how but here's one from my first visit up here.

More of an afternoon exploration and scouting trip really than a planned shoot but some really dramatic weather and light breaks made it ideal for this scene with the focal point top Quarry building lit up, and lower levels lit for great detail standing out from the dark and foreboding Mount Snowdon to the rear.

I'd tried to get across to the buildings on the other side but failed as the written guide I had was back at my B&B and the route I tried to take was far too dangerous, being on my own I saw sense and called it a day for that trip.

I did eventually get over to the other side via a really long and very enjoyable walk where I got to explore pretty much all of the quarry, when I looked back from the other side at the route I had first tried to take I thought I must have been mad , the need to explore almost taking over any sensible thoughts of a safe route to take.

I'll upload more images from here, and hoping to go for another few visits soon, it's been too long, can't believe this is nearly 2 years ago.

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Explore #1 13/08/2020

A few weeks ago I'd indentified just one evening where I had some free time to get out and see Comet Neowise. Since it wasn't going to be around again for another 6,766 years I though I'd better make the effort... and the thought of it being visible to the naked eye was far too much of a temptation to pass by.

Thankfully (and unusually) the weather was absolutely perfect for the evening I'd picked with very little cloud lingering around and thus millions of stars were clearly visible to the naked eye, arrivng well after dark was the hard part as not only was I struggling to see the comet I couldn't really see where I was going either without shining a really bright torch around and potentially ruining anyone elses shots that may be around although I couldn't make anyone out..

My arrival time coincided with the tide going back out so that was a huge help knowing I wasn't going to get cut off on the rocks I was now scrambling across in the dark to find a foreground.. once I'd got settled my eyes had adjusted to the dark and the Comet could clearly be seen, absolutely awesome to witness I just stood on watched on for a while taking it all in, after all it was the only time I'd ever get to see it..

This was taken a 0115AM, I finally settled on a 15 second exposure at f/2.8 and a little bit of lighting for the foreground rocks, it's really not often I do shooting at night and Astro work but I really enjoyed it, something very surreal about being stood in the sea at 0130 AM in Wellies shooting and watching a subject that is 64 million miles away. Not something you get to do everyday. And amazingly, no mishaps !

Have a zoom around at all the stars, sent my eyes crazy looking up at them all, due to light pollution you never get to see anything like this where I live.


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I was about to post a shot of the Comet Neowise from a few weeks ago in Wales, then remembered I'd found this one a few days ago, a completely random one out of the archives from a gorgeous Summers evening in Glencoe a few years ago.

This spot is literally about 10 seconds from the main road in Glencoe yet you can't see it as you drive past in either direction, I wasn't holding out hope of there being any water in the river here due to having been very hot over the previous few days but I was pleasantly surprised to find just enough to construct a shot around.

Not even the tiniest bit of wind either on this evening so the still is perfectly still and no movement in the water, brilliant for photography, sadly, also brilliant for the midges, which meant I couldn't hang around here for long as I was getting eaten alive!

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