For the past few months I've been trying to capture some decent night sky images here in Ireland, it is not the easiest of tasks! One needs a moonless night and the weather to be clear Typically enough I was often hampered by rain or cloud cover - but not this weekend! We've been blessed with a pretty decent run of good weather here resulting in some beautiful clear nights, which allowed me to capture the images below.
Milkyway over Coumenoole Beach, Dingle, Co.Kerry
This is the first image that I've worked on from the shoot and I'm reasonably happy with it. Still getting to grips with the processing work flow for night sky images, but I think I did scene justice. This was taken at about 1am, as it was approaching the summer solstice there still was plenty of light in the sky - In fact at this time of the year in Ireland the night sky is never completely dark. There is also a bit of light pollution from passing cars on the left of the frame.
Milkyway as seen from Coumenoole Strand.
This image is probably the best of the bunch. Taken from down on the strand, where there was less light spill from the road and nearby houses. The Milky Way looks impressive as rises up above the Iveragh Peninsula; which incidentally is home of the Kerry Dark Sky Reserve (http://www.kerrydarksky.com/), an area designated as Ireland's FIRST International Dark Sky Reserve by the International Dark-Sky Association (www.darksky.org) and one of only 3 GOLD TIER Reserves on the planet.