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Craig Usher

Port Glasgow, United Kingdom

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So, here we go, again! More from the Buachaille adventures (this is 6th attempt, the rest can be seen on my flickr page)
I heard that two climbers, Robert Pritchard and Christopher Walker, died in an avalanche which happened the day I shot this, so this one’s for them.
Another last minute trip to the Buachaille with my 2 mates Ross and David. And of course there was disaster. The car overheated (again!) We didn’t get home until 4am…having to stop every 10miles to refill the engine coolant. 160 miles in 8 hours. Yes, an average speed of 20mph! (Didn’t want to do the car any damage, better safe than sorry…)
But that was expected; of course something would go wrong.
The moon was doing my head in. Last week I felt it ruined my shot and it was back tonight. However it wasn’t over the mountain and I was gobsmacked at how much light it gave off! I didn’t even need a torch! This shot was 30secs at ISO400…never thought I’d say that for shooting star trails. I wished I had used F8/10 instead of F4 though…
All the lighting was natural from the moon, no fill flashes or torches.
83 stacked images in startrails.exe. Foreground is an HDR from 1 single RAW
Miles racked up so far: 800
Still not taken “the” shot yet. But I’m getting closer.

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