Nightscapes & Astrophotography
Inspiring and mesmerising
Inspiring and mesmerising, Nigel Waters nightscape photography captures the harmony of night sky and landscape under illumination by the moon and stars. Nigel Waters’s gallery of astrophotography photographs creates marvel and wonder with the emotion of belonging to a much larger entity where no man has ever been. As a night time photographer Nigel inspires us to venture out after dark and stare upward to experience the best view on earth.
Our generation of inhabitance of this amazing planet have gradually lost the magical connection with our night skies. Our busy lives, technology and above all electricity has created this disconnection so much so that many fear the dark and feel uncomfortable out in nature once the sun has set.
When I gaze up at a star filled sky I totally forget about the normal day to day stresses of both the past and the future and immerse myself in the present. I feel at peace, overwhelming happiness and often find answers to my toughest questions. It is in these moments I can put my demons to rest and realise my passion for life, family and photography. I hope over time I can create images that will inspire the viewer to get away from the city lights and reconnect themselves with the cosmos, where I guarantee for some it will be a life changing experience.
If you can’t escape electricity embrace it! You will also find in his gallery of nightscape collection titled “While the world sleeps” images embracing modern technology and electricity in our lives under the cover of darkness.
As a photographer these are the most fun to create where I can let my imagination run wild creating majestic light trails while capturing beautifully illuminated modern architecture.
If you would like a magical nightscape photo in print you can find available editions in his Nightscape Prints Shop
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After eclipse glow
Not exactly the shot I had planned for the ‘Blood Moon’ lunar eclipse as I totally miss calculated the moons position and it was too low in the sky for the shot I had planned. I felt like a right plum!⠀
After frantically driving round to find a nice composition the clouds rolled in and the moon vanished. I was determined to get something and just after midnight the clouds parted for just long enough to allow me to capture this image. Not exactly what I had in mind and the eclipse had pretty much finished but I think I did manage to get something rather unique and beautiful. This was shot at a 500mm focal length so I could capture the illumination of the clouds from the Blood Moon.
Serenity of night
While the world sleeps and millions dream some of us stare in wonder at sheer beauty. The Milky Way over the truly beautiful Llangorse Lake in the Brecon Beacons, Wales.
Menai Suspension Bridge Light Trails
One of my favourite bridges in the UK the magnificent Menai Suspension Bridge. Designed by Thomas Telford and completed in 1826 this bridge spans the fast flowing waters of the Menai Strait connecting the island of Anglesey to the mainland of Wales. This photograph was taken using a long exposure to capture the vehicle light trails crossing the bridge.
Menai Suspension Illumination
A classic view of the magnificent Menai Suspension Bridge illuminated at night spanning the Menai Strait in North Wales.
A truly stunning view of Llandudno illuminated by the town lights at blue hour taken from Pen y Dinas Hillfort. This is a 4:1 Panoramic photograph but I also like it cropped to a 17:6 but obviously you lose the right side of the image. See which one you prefer.
17:6 Ratio Crop
Geminid meteor shower over Tryfan
Definitely my hardest shoot of the year having to battle with 50mph gusts and sub zero temperatures with rolling clouds through the night. Not even 5 hand warmers could stop my lens from fogging due to frost but it was worth it in the end to get this final image. I took over 400 images during the night but unfortunately most were ruined by the clouds. ⠀
During blue hour I watched the best earth grazer I have ever seen travel slowly across the top of Tryfan like a fire ball, all I could do was stand and watch as I had just put down my tripod and my camera was still in the bag. The sight was truly magical if I had been a minute earlier I would have caught it but it was amazing to just stand there and watch in this stunning location.
Penmon Point Star Trails
Star trails over Penmon Point, Anglesey, Wales, UK. This photograph was taken while trying to capture the Leonid meteor shower.
Elan Valley Astro Glow
Astro glow during a new moon over Elan Valley, Mid Wales. Nights like these make the late drive and hike worth it and you find yourself drifting away reflecting on life and thinking just how special our planet is.
Night Under the Stars
A stunning night under the stars at Llynnau Cregennen in Wales.
Green Bridge of Wales Nightscape
The Green Bridge of Wales during nautical twilight illuminated by the setting moon in Pembrokeshire.