Midnight Sun

In a week where almost the entire country witnessed clear skies and a lovely warm spell I managed to find the tiniest corner with the crappiest, coldest & cloudiest weather imaginable. So much for more astrophotography! 

Still, I did manage to get a couple of interesting pictures. Both shot on the Canon 6D with the Sigma 20mm f/1.4 lens.

It may not look like much but this is an ice halo, or  22 degree halo. It's caused by similar physics to a rainbow with light from the moon refracted by high-altitude ice crystals to form a huge but diffuse circle of light. I found a tree I could use in the foreground to try and give some sense of scale to the halo.

At first glance this might look like a normal beach scene but there are a couple of oddities. Would you believe me if I said it was shot at 11pm? It's true, and aside from stitching together 3 images, this is barely touched in Lightroom.

A couple of giveaways that not all is as it seems, the lights on the horizon are from the town of St. Ives and in the sky above you can clearly see stars, including the constellation Orion. Yet again the full moon showed just how effectively it can mimic daylight!

No more vacation plans for some time now so all future astrophotography efforts will likely be from horrifically light polluted London.