The Tree at Egton Moor, North Yorkshire Moors, Scarborough and District, North Yorkshire, England

Been away up North for the last few days and I thought it would be perfect to try out my new camera and my new tripod. Met up with fellow friend and photographer Mark Hepples and had a ride out to Egton Moor in the North Yorkshire Moors, not too far away from Whitby.

We had been checking the weather forecast all week and it said it was going to be a clear night which thankfully it was. We particularly wanted this tree in our images as this tree is all alone on this moor so we thought it would add something to our images. At first we went down a wrong road and got little lost despite having maps (oops) but then found it however we did have to walk over the tree in almost pitch black with only help from our head torches.

Anyway Mark Hepples went and setup and so did I however trying to get my head around the new menus in my camera was proving more difficult than I thought in the pitch black of the Yorkshire Moors with a freezing wind howling (also had no gloves either!). Even though the A77 is very much similar to my old A700 it is also a completely different beast entirely. I finally figured out the menus and setup my brand new tripod too and this developed an annoying wobble, argggg! At this point I was thinking that here is not the best place to be trying out new camera equipment that your not use to lol. I persevered and finally figured out that I was putting the camera on wrong on the tripod head, problem sorted!

This image is completely out of my comfort zone and is new to me so it took alot of trial and error to get this image which I am well chuffed about. The orange glow you see is not the sunset but infact light pollution from the nearest town in that direction Pickering. Our eyes could not see this believe it not but the camera could. At first I didn't like it but then with it backdropped behind the tree it added a nice silhouette. We honestly thought that it would be light pollution free out here but its not, you really have to go out into the sticks to get some really detailed star photography.

No the processing of this was bit difficult too. I had to shoot in ISO 3200 so bit noisy so used Noiseware Pro to reduce the noise which did the trick. The problem that I had was balancing the orange glow and the detail in the sky and I think I have just balanced it OK.

On the talk of noise reduction software, anyone use Topaze DeNoise 5? Whats its like?

I have certainly learned a few things from this shoot :-) Anyway hope you all have a good day!

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