Strabane, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland
Last night yielded the perfect conditions that I have been anxiously waiting for this past few months to go Milky Way Galaxy hunting! I needed the night sky to have no moon with no clouds at all, below 0 degrees temperature & total darkness all round. These are the key elements required to capture a clear Milky Way image but you would be surprised on how long it takes to get one night just like this! On a previous location scouting day, I found this little abandoned cottage and knew that if all was aligned correctly at the correct time (11.30pm) I just may get a photo of the Milky Way directly over the roof. Thankfully the planning worked & here is the final image of all my planning. If you look to the mid left of this sky you will also see our neighbouring Adronema Galaxy at 2.3 million light years away!
This little cottage stands just a few miles from my home and is known and has been respected by generations of families over the centuries, so I thought it fitting to capture the Milky Way here instead of somewhere unmeaning. I always try to bring out the beauty & magic in everything I capture, even if it is an old spooky abandoned cottage in the middle of nowhere. All these places deserve to be immortalised in photography for future generations, before they are someday gone for good & forgotten…..