In the summer the Milky Way rises a little bit higher into the southern and eastern sky as seen from Dartmoor allowing a brief window of opportunity to look towards the center of the galaxy, as seen to the right of this image. The light pollution from Plymouth and Princetown isn't ideal, but it does help to reveal one of the most striking silhouettes to be found on Dartmoor. This was taken during a 'wild' camp on Staple Tor on a warm but windy evening. The blue in the sky to the right of the image continued through the night as the sun moved below the horizon. This image was taken at just a few minutes after midnight. The smudge you see to the left is the Andromeda Galaxy and the section of Milky Way shown is (approximately) from Cassiopeia on the left to Sagittarius on the far right. This is without a shadow of a doubt the best night I have ever spent on Dartmoor!
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The framing of this is flawless. The silhouettes in the foreground could not present a better contrast... stone age and space age, the solidity of Earth beneath our feet, and the nebulous dreams of the future.
oh, wow... just... wow... I'm speechless! That looks so gorgeous! Great shot
oh wow, that is outstanding alex,
This is just wow! I love how you have taken this photo, amazing!
Tremendous photo!! Can you tell me what exposure, etc. you used?
ISO 3200, F2.8, 30 seconds
Amazing sky !
I always wondered why you didn't shot something like this yet. Looks niffty, the combination of the Tor and the stars really fits atmospherewise. Primal elements of nature symbolized and put into perspective.
well I have, but with inferior gear. There is a very narrow window, relatively seaking, for shooting the milky way in the UK (around the summer) and with so much cloud and rain...
Yeah, I spent two nights at the famous Chesterton Mill without seeing a single star with my eyes due to high humidity and also I assume light pollution. Thought It'd be easier in the Cornwall / Devon area. Either way, I love this shot!