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End of summer, 2015.

The sun was setting as I was setting up for a seascape.
The people on the right were still in the dimming sunlight, while the ones on the left were already in the shade of the hill behind us.

Speed Graphic 4×5, with Optar 135mm.
Agfa x-ray film (CP G+) at 100asa.
Developed in Ilford MG 1+40 at 20C for 4min, Jobo.

Scan from contact print on Ilford MG Warmtone RC Pearl.

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Astrophotography was my gateway to “regular” photography in my mid teens… back then I thought I’d become an astronomer… well dreams change…

Here is a pair of pictures I shot a couple years back that illustrate to some degree the difference between naked-eye observation and long exposure photography of the night sky.

The first picture is a 20 second static exposure with the camera piggyback mounted on my C8+ telescope, while the second picture is a 10 minute exposure with the clock drive of the C8+ running—hence the motion blur of the nearby trees on the foreground…

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Of course, even the first picture above shows more stars than what was visible to the naked eye, but still… it’s quite clear that the longer the exposure, the more (fainter) stars become visible in the picture…

I’ll be at beautiful Atlantis Books in Oia, Santorini, until Monday.
If any of you happen to be nearby, drop in the shop to have a look at some prints from my first book, along with some from my soon to be released second (pinhole landscapes) book “Spirits of the River”… there’s also music and drinks…

As I was packing my bags on Monday, I remembered some polaroids I shot in Santorini last November…

Which brought to mind a couple of pinhole polaroids I shot in the beginning of Summer in Cyprus… this been nearly the end of it, it seemed appropriate to scan then—it was also an excuse to delay packing… procrastination and what not…

I planned to post them before leaving for Santorini, but I didn’t have the time to do so…

So, I’m posting this from the back room of the out of this world (more like Peter Pan’s) Atlantis Books… enjoy…

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Went back to the field on Sunday too, to give it another go…

Even though we saw again quite a few, was unlucky in capturing one in a picture… still, I like these two even without meteors in them…

Better luck next time…

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We went a bit outside the city limits yesterday, looking for a darker sky, to catch a glimpse of the Perseids meteor shower… sadly, light pollution is omnipresent in tiny little Cyprus…

Even though the eight of us saw an average of a dozen bright ones and several dozens of dimmer meteors, I wasn’t lucky enough to catch anything spectacular with the 5D which was mounted on my Celestron C8… I also shot a couple of 40 minute exposures on Ilford HP5, but it’ll be some time before I develop them, so I’ll just post the digital ones for now…

Here’s the best capture of a meteor that I managed…

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On a regular base, we had airplanes flying through our field of view on their way to Larnaca airport…

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Here’s a picture of the Andromeda Galaxy… the farther away from the horizon, the darker the sky…

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A picture of my telescope setup…

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And here is a part of the gang, lit by the moonlight and shot a few days ago, on the same spot we were yesterday…

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