Tonight I noticed some mentions of an Aurora storm going on and being visible as far south as Tayside. With that I grabbed my camera and took a quick test shot out of my bedroom window.
Imagine my surprise to see what the camera picked up while there was lights from a few neighbours houses. Sadly I couldn’t go far, as I had the car battery on charge so I grabbed the tripod and a warm jacket before heading off to see what I could see. I really should have taken a torch but forgot so ended up wandering around the fields/country lanes out the back of my house on the edge of Dundee, not easy to change settings etc in the dark! That’s my excuse for not really liking these images but I share them anyway for anyone else that didn’t manage to see it for themselves.
Here is a selection of the images I got tonight:
I even managed a couple of selfies:
Dundee was just hit by some stormy conditions (Tay Road Bridge closed most of the day, many houses in The Ferry without power) and my initial thought – long exposure images of the waves/clouds. That’s right I decided to head out into those conditions with the camera and boy it was very windy and very very cold but boy it was worth it:
As much as I’m looking forward to summer with the warmer days and lighter evenings, this week I was glad the evenings are so dark. That is because I finally got to go on a shoot I had been planning since before Christmas and thanks to the good folks at the Falkirk Wheel, who kindly allowed us access after hours, I got to see and shoot a structure I’ve been meaning to visit for a long time.
The reason why I wanted to shoot this amazingly well engineered structure in the dark? Because it is light with colour changing lights which can change the mood as the colour changes as well as highlight different sections. The down side to this is I ended up with a lot of images as most compositions were repeated multiple times in order to capture the differing light and colour. That is an issue I am willing to live with.
Other downsides to going at night in winter is that the wheel doesn’t turn at night and it was very cold. But this didn’t dampen the mood and it is somewhere that I can see myself going back to visit either during the day to see it turn or again at night to try out other shots and I would highly recommend it to others too.