The deep sky
“It is amazing what can be photographed in the night sky with a modestly priced digital camera. No telescopic equipment is required.” This was the advice given to Wooler and District Camera Club by Graham Relf at its latest meeting.
Mr Relf, from Tynemouth Photographic Society, is an enthusiastic amateur photographer with an interest in “deep sky” photography, picturing stars, constellations and nebulae that are a long way away.
He explained that to get good pictures the biggest requirement is to get away from light pollution. We are fortunate that areas of Northumberland have designated “dark skies” status.
Selection of a long exposure time, a wide lens aperture and multiple exposures should get pictures that can be combined by software into very pleasing images.
Mr Relf went on to explain more advanced techniques of astronomical photography, using motorised tripod mounts and telescopes.
The talk was illustrated with a selection of his photographs, ranging from the surface of the moon to light from a distant galaxy that began its journey to us from a time before our universe was formed, truly breathtaking.
His website at www.grelf.net and book The Dark Skies of the North Pennines – An Amateur Photographer’s Delight are available. The next meeting of the club is tonight (March 17) in Glendale Hall, Cheviot Street, Wooler, at 7.30pm when there is a competition evening. All welcome.