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Knowlton Church is a unique 14th Century church that is built in the centre of an earlier pagan earthworks. It stands out in the countryside in Dorset although once upon a time it was the centre of a busy market town of which there is now no evidence. The town was wiped out in the plague and although the church continued to be used it was ruined when a roof repair failed. This photo is lit by moonlight from a three-quarter moon. For those astronomers (or astrologers) out there, you can see Aquila the eagle on the left (starting from the three stars forming a band, the brightest of which is called Altair) and to the right, the mighty constellation of Hercules. The bright star at the top is Vega of Lyra.
Posted 10:20pm Sunday, 16th October 2005
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Shooting Date/Time2005:10:15 23:21:32.90
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ian
David - I am impressed that you got an evposure of the ruin and the stars together - how did you do this?
CurlyToes
Thanks for the comment, Ian. It was lit by the moon, so it required a long exposure which brought out the stars too - a dark sky helps. It was actually quite dark and hard to see out there. I used a masked selection to tweak the curves on the sky to make it a deeper blue which did bring out the stars a bit better.
emma
great night shot David - seems fitting for the subject.
tobias
Um, I love this shot. It is brilliant. Was it taken in complete darkness (besides the moon). I ask becuase as mentioned, I have tried this before but focussing in the dark is nigh impossible. How do you go about this as the ruin is pin sharp. Don't say "set at infinity" because I don't have that symbol on my standard 28-80mm kit lens. Loving the light.
AF Photography
So that's the secret for making sure there's no one else around! Isn't it a bit spooky creeping around a church at midnight though. It's a great shot David, it amazes me how the camera can pick up every drop of light (and colour!) when we're almost stuggling to see the camera. Is the pinkish glow on the horizon likely to be light pollution or the faint remains of the susnset?
CurlyToes
Adam, unfortunately it's light pollution, but it adds a splash of colour which I quite like.
Tobias: Infinity is almost certainly when you turn the focus indicator towards the 55 [telephoto] end (if you have the 18-55mm lens). In fact, I don't set at infinity but just before it at another mark I have on my lens that identifies the hyperfocal distance - the focus point that give maximal depth of field. I find it amazing that Canon thought it would be a good idea to leave the distance markings off the lens!
owen
Excellent. I really like this.
SteveO
Very nice long exposure, have to get out and do more of these when the weather clears up a bit. Im really impressed at all the constellations you always seem to know too.
David Kapp
This is one really strong point of digitals. You can shoot the long exposures until you know you've got it right. Now that I'm shooting film, I realize that this is going to be a huge learning process for me. My light meter doesn't work in that low of light, so I'll have to get something more suited for that kind of work. My trials (guesses) so far have been failures :(
AlanGraham
Excellent shot - and although the star effect is slightly surreal, it isn't so "out-there" to make the shot look unreal. David... whenever I'm shooting long-exposure film, I tend to bring my digital camera with me, and use that as an excellent interactive low-level light meter. So take a few exposures with the digital, and then shoot with the film camera. Even a point n shoot camera will do, if it'll let you set manual controls and has bulb mode. Just keep in mind the "reciprocity failure" effect of film - google for this and you'll get lots of info. Put simply, a 30 second exposure in the perfect world may take 35 seconds using the film, as it becomes less sensitive the longer it is expose. Hope this helps - and great shot, Curly!

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