Moon Phase: 28th December 2017

I took the new (second-hand) lens out into the garden to try to capture a closer shot of the moon than my very old 75-300mm lens used to allow. I stacked three of the clearest shots in Z stacker. I’m not sure how effective that was, as the stacked final only looks marginally clearer than the original sharpest image. I have compared it with an old shot of the moon I took in September with my old 75-300mm lens.

I’m looking forward to taking more images of the moon, on clearer night than this (it was a bit hazy).

The original images (below) was f/9, 1/100, ISO 100, at 400mm on a semi-cloudy night.

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Bolsover Castle, Derbyshire

Replacing an 11th century Norman fort, the Peverils erected a 12th century castle on the site, which was later replaced by a larger castle, stables and manege, and a much later ‘little castle’ designed for luxurious entertaining of guests. Both castles (now owned by English Heritage) stand empty, the ‘little castle’ at least maintaining a roof, some furnishings and a maintained garden, whilst the larger castle is in a state of ruin. Both stand high on a hill overlooking Bolsover and provide impressive views of the surrounding areas of Derbyshire.


Having realised I’ve not updated this site for a while, and knowing there are a few images that I could upload, I guess I’ll update!

So, what is it about open skies, sunsets and silhouettes that inspires us so much? (These are all taken on a phone and completely unedited so the quality is not great.)


I have quite seriously decided that Iceland will be my next place of residence. I have visited twice now, and felt as if I had come home. It is a stunningly beautiful country. The marine wildlife is a big attraction for me.

I am trying to improve my photography techniques a little, and tried a few different settings with the camera whilst traveling around. Many were unsuccessful! I got a few nicer shots. Regardless, Iceland is a constant inspiration to improve my skills and technique – it is the kind of country you want to capture perfectly, and possibly never will. Some have managed it and I’m envious of their skills.

In the meantime, visiting Iceland again before I finish my degree and possibly move there is motivation to improve.