Bound by Star Light

Stuart McIntyre shares some of his favourite images of the Milky Way and Northern Lights.

Scottish Sporting Gazette

This photograph shows the Milky Way in an almost horizontal position to the horizon. It was taken just past the village of Glenfinnan. It was incredible still night with the sounds of the last train making its way through the valley.

Scottish Sporting Gazette

I set the camera for a long exposure to try and get a strong image of the Northern Lights over Loch Lomond. This gave the water a milky appearance. Several frames where taken as it was difficult to get an image where car headlights from the A82 did not cause distracting elements in the photograph.

Scottish Sporting Gazette

I love this old tree hanging on the side of the hill on the Rest and Be Thankful road. It is the way its stump is nearly up right in reference to the hill, as if the tree thinks it is right and the rest of the world is tilted! I had to wait for the earth to rotate to the position I wanted to get this image. I wanted to get the Milky Way so that it was parallel to the tree stump, looking as if the tree had the stars bursting from it.

Scottish Sporting Gazette

This is Loch Restil, and I have never seen water so calm. This was a 30-second exposure - the stars look like they are being reflected on a mirror.

Scottish Sporting Gazette

This caught my eye as the Milky Way is running parallel to the mountain tops, with the perfect reflections beneath it.

Scottish Sporting Gazette

When working close to roads I normally have to be very patient and wait for a time when there are no cars or lorries, however I could see this light from miles away. I thought it would make an interesting feature in my photograph and I was not wrong. It turned out to be the police who were looking for a suspicious man, who was evidently seen loitering around trees and lochs in the middle of the night.

Scottish Sporting Gazette

This is Butter Bridge - so named as this is the bridge the cows used to cross to get to new pastures.

Scottish Sporting Gazette

I got this photograph by wading into the middle of the Kinglass river and setting my camera as low to the water as I dared. It creates a visual lead from the river, so your eye is lead into the hills and then up onto the stars.

Scottish Sporting Gazette

In this photograph the moorland appears almost as infinite and ongoing as the stars above it.

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