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Nightsoloing at Stanage
Dan Arkle, Dec 2008
Climbers: Dan Arkle
Camera used: Canon 450D
Date taken: December 2008
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It takes a bit of effort to get an original shot of Stanage these days. 12 min exposure, light trail is my headtorch.
Dan Arkle - 15/Dec/08Report
Fiend - 16/Dec/08Report
Love it - fantastic originality and an interesting image.
london_huddy - 16/Dec/08Report
Fantastic shot, but not sure about the originality comment?!:
HimTiggins - 16/Dec/08Report
chris m fisher - 16/Dec/08Report
Bullwinkle - He did say of stanage ;)
Top shot though Dan!
ro8x - 16/Dec/08Report
good stuff
The Pylon King - 16/Dec/08Report
Wow, 26 5star votes in a day! Glad you all like it and thanks for your comments. It was a bitch to make - I had to keep a second headtorch pointed at the camera, top out on verglassed holds, and then come down only to not be able to find the camera, and then the remote shutter release battery had died in the cold. Difficult to process as well with different coloured light sources, tricky exposure, and a mix of noise and detail to seperate. Thanks to Scott for accompanying me.
Dan Arkle - 16/Dec/08Report
Bonkers !!!!!!! :)
mr mills - 16/Dec/08Report
That's stunning. How on earth did you get the exposure right..?!
Steve Kirman - 16/Dec/08Report
Dan amazin pic mate.10 stars for it, i have this camera could you tell me what setting and lens you used. cheers.
shaun stephens - 16/Dec/08Report
Quality effort, superb !
robdan - 16/Dec/08Report
Fabulous shot!!
Dave Fletcher - 16/Dec/08Report
Why another torch pointing at the camera?
Caspar - 16/Dec/08Report
Original. I like it!
Maestro - 16/Dec/08Report
Caspar, the second headtorch pointed at the camera gave the continuous trail of light. Without it, a weaker indirect trail would result, which would have looked odd in comparison with the strong trail when I walked back. See Rock around the Block by Jamie Moss (linked on the 4th comment) for comparison. On some of 'Crack and Corner' the second light faced away and there are breaks in the trail.
Exposure f/4 813sec ISO 100. Canon 450D with remote release. Lens Tokina 10-17mm fisheye @10mm - fisheye effect mostly corrected after.
To get the exposure right I take shorter shots at max ISO, find the time needed to get the exposure ok. Then double the exposure time whilst halving the ISO until ISO 100 is reached. E.g. a good exposure in 45secs at ISO 1600 is equal to 12min at ISO 100. Low ISO is absolutely vital to control noise.
Dan Arkle - 16/Dec/08Report
I love the star trails. Shows just how long the exposure was! An excellent shot which has paid off the effort involved!
withey - 17/Dec/08Report
excellent and worth the effort you put into it for something different at Stanage.
simon c - 17/Dec/08Report
I'm impressed that you got the North Star centralised and had the star trail circular. Fluke or did you set it up that way? Very nice all said and done....
Just a bhoy - 17/Dec/08Report
Superb photo! It would look good as a large framed print I think!
owlart - 17/Dec/08Report
Can't be a fluke that the North star is central! Excellent shot, well captured & a great composure.
Simon - 17/Dec/08Report
There are so many things I love about this pic. Just ace.
Chris F - 18/Dec/08Report
brilliant picture, i hopeyou dont m
ind its my wallpaper
jason lane - 19/Dec/08Report
Superb. The originality in this and all your photos is second to none. Keep it coming.
Mike421 - 19/Dec/08Report
Congratulations! This photo was chosen as Photo of the Week, based on votes by registered users over the past 7 days.
UKC Photos - 21/Dec/08Report
You mad b**ger! BRILL! Stupid question but (and i dont know stanage) that looks well impressive for 12 mins!!
Padraig - 21/Dec/08Report
Absolutely brilliant photo, although I'm a bit disappointed you had to wear a second headtorch when in fact you could have soloed it all facing outwards :o) Happy Christmas!
jtree03 - 21/Dec/08Report
Fantastic photo - worth all the effort!
Simon Webb - 22/Dec/08Report
Right, where's my headtorch!
John Nuttall - 22/Dec/08Report
Nice creative pic, well done!
dycotiles - 22/Dec/08Report
Quite possibly my favourite shot of the year
Mal Grey - 23/Dec/08Report
Awesome, just awesome.
Justin T - 24/Dec/08Report
brilliant - love it!
andyfeds - 24/Dec/08Report
Nice one Dan!!
MorganPreece - 26/Dec/08Report
Its now set as my LapTop backround
MorganPreece - 26/Dec/08Report
This is an astrophysicist teachers dream, surely!
Col Allott - 27/Dec/08Report
Everyone has said it already, but well done. Don't think I've given a 5 to anything from stanage... all year!
Jon_Warner - 28/Dec/08Report
Congratulations! This photo was chosen as Photo of the Week, based on votes by registered users over the past 7 days.
UKC Photos - 28/Dec/08Report
Brilliant effort. Very original.
stuart100 - 28/Dec/08Report
Absolutely fantastic photo
Mr Powly - 28/Dec/08Report
Brilliant shot looks like you put a lot of effort into it and it's paid off.
chris fox - 29/Dec/08Report
What were the routes you did?
bluerockman - 30/Dec/08Report
Fatnastic, love it!
chris j - 03/Jan/09Report
with the star trails you can actually see how the world spins!
Matt Schwarz - 03/Jan/09Report
Congratulations! This photo was chosen as Photo of the Week, based on votes by registered users over the past 7 days.
UKC Photos - 04/Jan/09Report
Congratulations, the best photo of the year! so beautifull
Xavi_ivaX - 05/Jan/09Report
Absolutly brilliant!! Good effort (lots of offort involved)
bridget143 - 05/Jan/09Report
Can't believe only one person so far has asked what routes. (Brilliant photo by the way, yay!) Is that Crack and Corner you soloed? Masochistic git :-)
Stone Muppet - 07/Jan/09Report
Yep, Castle Crack first, then down the cool descent behind the chockstone, up Crack and Corner which is always a bit awkward, then down Grotto Slab. It took a bit of time to decide which routes would look best, I needed to face North to get Polaris in, and needed and an aesthetic line with the down climbs visible, plus an attractive bit of crag. This one was originally just going to be a test shot to prove the concept- I wanted at least ten routes!- but some mates liked it on Facebook so I decided to go with it. Thanks for all your comments, Dan
Dan Arkle - 07/Jan/09Report
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UKC Photos - 11/Jan/09Report
Nice work.Theres a lot going on in this pic, I could look at it for hours and find loads of wee nuggets that make it just 'work'.Perfecto mate.Cheers for sharing with us..
Sean Bell - 13/Jan/09Report
Hi Dan,
Just wanted to say that this picture is spectacular. I'd love to set this as my desktop background, but was wondering if you had one at a higher resolution for my large monitor?
chuck_stones - 27/Jan/09Report
Absolutely brilliant.
Yanis Nayu - 28/Jan/09Report
Evasion - 10/Mar/09Report
Javis - 19/Mar/09Report
Love it!! The spinning stars suck you right into the sky
nicki_h1 - 10/May/09Report
I wouldn't say original as Jamie Moss has done one before Dan's. It's exactly the same idea but different location. The most common scenario of this type of photo is the trails of light emitted from cars during long exposure after dark. This one happens to be man made on a crag. One cannot be sure it's Stanage, can you in the dark? Pretty good though.
Skinny Kin - 18/Jun/09Report
how did u do it!!!!!!!! how did u make the lights go like tht
madsam107 - 22/Jun/09Report
awesome pic, you are a total nutter! :)
sm3d - 20/Jul/09Report
Have I spotted that petzl are using this shot or is it very similar? If so well done.
Rustyshanks - 24/Sep/09Report
In reply to Skinny Kin re. "One cannot be sure it's Stanage, can you in the dark? Pretty good though."
Firstly, yes one can be sure that it's Stanage if you know the place - hint, Grotto Slab descent on the right.
Secondly, it's much better than 'pretty good'.
Thirdly, you do better.
Darren Jackson - 27/Sep/09Report
Great picture, thanks for sharing!
Rich A-Wilkes - 05/Dec/09Report
wicked photo! Inspired me to do a copycat, just need to find a good location now!
alexisg - 13/Jan/10Report
That is Amazing !
Nath8 - 27/Mar/10Report
Arkle, you are wasted on driving instruction...
beardy mike - 29/Mar/10Report
That's one of the most astoundingly beautiful photos that I've ever seen.
mcdougal - 05/Apr/10Report
Sweet photo nice 1
gaz77 - 23/May/10Report
Amazing photo
Beastly Squirrel - 12/Jun/10Report
incredible ! had to desk top it to !
justin c - 19/Jun/10Report
The star trail makes me dizzy! Absoloutly stunning capture. Congratulations.
Richiehill - 19/Jun/10Report
i never realised the stars rotated around the north star like that - brilliant
auld al - 13/Sep/10Report
is there any way to get a big copy of this to put up on the wall? I want to frame it and have it above the fire place.
Got a job rob - 14/Sep/10Report
everything is just right, beautiful
Stroppy Gob - Banned User - 08/Oct/10Report
I have this picture on my work PC as the desktop image and everybody stops to look at it. One new guy walked past my desk and said "that Grotto Slab." 15 minutes waisted gassing.
Reminds me of great days at Stanage
antonyscoff - 19/Oct/10Report
Fab Fab Fab
MingDynasty - 28/Nov/10Report
Amazing, love the effect.
mountainmachine - 21/Dec/10Report
simply AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!
brett3007 - 08/Jan/11Report
I'm a big fan of Stanage and a huge fan of night climbing. I also like long exposures so this pic really make me smile. It looks like a bolt of lightning at first glance. 5*
adam.wall - 30/May/11Report
This is absolutely amazing! :)
KeriV - 27/Nov/11Report
This is absolutely fantastic! You've combined two of my favourite hobbies in one go here! Light painting and climbing! Am going to have to experiment with this myself!
daveymcbride - 04/Jan/12Report
This is amazing! Will have to try this!
bspgirl - 21/Mar/12Report
That's an awesome photo man!
JamieTown - 29/Jul/12Report
Fantastic, a very original image
Alun Lambert - 18/Oct/12Report
That is such a good idea, i have been thinking about playing with light at night but this is a great picture.
samparsons - 01/Dec/13Report
well done mate!!
dude7 - 06/Mar/14Report
A lovely picture
Michelle1981 - 01/Feb/15Report
still a classic
ben360 - 30/Nov/15Report
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