This weekend saw me bouncing around the Brecon Beacons in the middle of the night with Alyn Wallace on his Astrophotograpy workshop. A pal an I bimbled down for the session on Saturday which covered a variety of techniques for night and astro photography and it was great to get out in the dark sky reserve to try the techniques that we had covered in the initial classroom session.

I do like a nice night shoot, and have trailed a star or two in my time, but I really wanted to know more about catching those lovely pin-prick stars before they start to sausage, and how to process the images once I had them. I’m haven’t finished processing them all, and I clearly have to seriously raise my game if I’m going to get anywhere close to Alyn’s grade, but I’m super happy with the session and the results so far. The most important thing I learned was that there is no substitute for reconnoitring your target area in the day time, when you can see the puddles…

If you’re heading to The Photography Show at the NEC this weekend and you’re there on the Saturday be sure to check out Alyn’s talk on trying Astrophotography, (Behind the Lens stage Saturday the 17th at 4pm). I’m going very busy on the LCE stand for the whole show so come and say hi to me as well.