Today is my birthday! Time for some stars and a sunrise. In the last few months I gained interest in Astrophotography. My photography “goal” for 2020 is to take a photo of the milky way. This isn’t easy in The Netherlands since there is a lot of light pollution almost everywhere. So the last weeks I have been studying light pollution maps, clear sky maps and weather reports to see if I can get some milky way shots. For today I selected a spot at the Veerse Meer (lake) in Zeeland. This is about a 90 minute drive from home.

Stars at Veerse Meer

I left home around 03:30 am and arrived around 05:00 am on the location. While driving over the Oosterscheldekering I immediately saw there was a lot more light pollution than I expected. I knew it wouldn’t be a real darkspot, but when I scouted the spot before, I forgot about the villages around the lake. In February the milky way isn’t high up in the sky in the Northern Hemisphere and it should be exactly where the villages are. So it was clear as day, that it was not going to happen this morning. But I was there, so I setup my tripod, camera and remote shutter and wen’t to try some shots. And the photo here is one of the results. I am very pleased with that.

Luckily the milky way wasn’t the only reason I woke up this early. I also planned for a sunrise shot at the Zeelandbrug. That’s about a 20-25 minute drive from the first spot.

NIKON D3400 + 10.5 mm f/2.8 @ 10.5mm, f/2.8, 30sec, ISO-100
NIKON D3400 + 10.0-20.0 mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 14mm, f/8, 1.6sec, ISO-100

Sunrise at Zeelandbrug

I arrived a bit early at the Zeelandbrug. The sun wouldn’t show itself in the next 45 minutes or so. With temperatures around 0 degrees it wasn’t what you call nice. But the show that was given me by mother nature this morning was amazing. The sky going from dark blue to purple to a very pleasing light blue. This was the first try for me at a sunrise photo, and even without a camera it’s absolutely worth the effort of waking up this early. This photo is the result of my first sunrise shoot. What a great hobby!

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