Great Staple Tor at Night
I made this image while leading my Dartmoor Tors and Hidden Valleys Photography Tour. After an early meal, we ascended Great Staple Tor before sunset on a fine evening and waited for the sky to become fully dark. The rock pillars make excellent silhouettes and the familiar constellation of Ursa Major lies low in the evening sky in September. I composed so that the "handle" of The Plough wrapped around one rock pillar and Arcturus, the brightest star in the northern sky, is positioned to the left of another rock pillar. A 20 second exposure has rendered the stars sharp without motion blur from the earth's rotation. ISO 3200 has recorded many background stars and post-processing with Starspikes enhanced the first and second magnitude stars. My next Dartmoor tour will run from 18 to 21 October 2018.