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I got a new lens on Friday specifically for astrophotography and was itching to test it out somewhere really dark. I checked the weather and seen that there was going to be clear skies the following night and decided that Ballintoy was the place i'd go to. Having shot images at night on one occassion last year in Ballintoy i knew that it was a great place for dark skies and bright stars. My goal was to shoot the Milky-way with some cool rocks or sea stacks in the foreground so i started reseaching on google maps and youtube, piecing togther a visual reference of the area. What i discovered was this archway about a mile
away from Ballintoy Harbour.
On arrival i parked up in the carpark and started walking, using google maps to keep me on the right path. Even with a map and a torch to guide me i still managed to stray a little and ended up slipping and falling in the mud. As i approached my destination i seen a beam of light moving around the beach which turned out to be another photographer. We chatted for a while about cameras, lenses, the night sky and how most people don't get to see the beauty of the stars and milky-way that us photographers see on late nights in dark, remote places. After about half an hour he moved on to shoot another area close by. The milky-way was bright in the sky like i've never seen before so i got my compostion ready in front of the arch and waited. I knew that eventually the milky-way would swing round and line up with the arch so all that i needed was to light it up and take the shot when the time came. Am i pleased with how the new lens performed?.. Extremely pleased. The night was a success and everything i planned came good. #milkyway #stars #nightscape #astrophotography #landscape #northernireland #pocket_world #ig_landscape #dream_spots #visual_heaven #landscapephoto #landscape_lover #natgeoadventure #earthexperience #mthrworld #majestic_earth #igworldglobal #ilovenature #ig_divineshots #EarthOfficial #earth_shotz #marvelshots #theworldshotz #discoverglobe #landscapelover #landscapehunter