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Diluain, 12/Jul/2010

Capturing Islay's Shortest Night

Islay on Video written in stencil

When I was on Islay in June, just before the summer solstice, I had planned to take advantage of the wonderful weather and mild temperatures for quite a lot of photography (and some video). Among other things high on my list were the ‘gloaming’ followed by the stars on the clear night sky. What I hadn't expected was how long the gloaming was going to last on Islay:

Picture of a night sky in the gloaming

According to the clock in my camera this picture was taken at 00:32 hrs (or in other words ‘half past midnight’) on the 7th of June. Yes, there was still quite a lot of light in the sky. The pictures of the stars on the clear night sky didn't happen that night.

Now Mark Unsworth of Islay Studios has taken this a bit further. If you're following me on Twitter you might have seen it already, but it's just too good not to also blog about it here. He's created a video of the shortest night on Islay this year:


With the time between sunset and sunrise only being 4 and a 1/2 hours (further reduced by the gloaming until it actually got dark) and having to drive between the various locations there was no time left to sleep that night for Mark. He thinks he was up for 40 hours in the end…

Now that's dedication to the arts, thanks for making the effort and sharing it with us, Mark!

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