Moonscape Photography in Dorset

I recently headed out in the middle of January under the full moon with my friend and Dorset based photographer Ed Holbrook with the goal of capturing some famous Dorset landscapes with a slight twist.

Moonscape photography is something that we have developed a passion for as we are able to capture images of popular landscapes and put our own mark on them.

The full moon is a fantastic light source which is far less harsh and slightly cooler than the sun. Moonlight provides photographers the ability to produce moody long exposures with some fantastic light. With certain settings you can capture an image at midnight to look like it was taken during the day.

Dorset Moonscape Photography

As mentioned in my previous post about Dorset landscape photography there are many beautiful locations to consider when heading out with a camera. The following are some of my favourite moonlight shots that I have produced recently.

moon lit stair holeStair Hole (near Lulworth Cove)

This is my favourite image from this genre to date, taken on a cloudy night in January the clouds acted as a diffuser and provided some fantastic light.

As moonlight is less harsh than sunlight I was able to lower my shutter speed which provided some beautiful patterns in the sea.


corfe castle at nightCorfe Castle

A famous landmark in Dorset that is captured by photographers all year round. This particular shot had the moonlight shining directly onto the hill providing a nice cool light.

Due to the bright moonlight I was able to lower my iso (light sensitivity settings) which has provided a much cleaner image which will produce a much more detailed print.

man o war bayMan o War Bay (by Durdle Door)

This bay next to Durdle Door usually gets overlooked due to its famous brothers Durdle Door and Bat’s Head which is a shame due to its crystal blue water and interesting rocks and cliffs.

The moon was facing me whilst this image was captured which has added a slight silhouette on the rocks in the sea but illuminated the waves crashing around them which has added a nice effect.



Whats next for my night photography?

I am hoping 2017 will bring me many more opportunities for my astro and moonscape photography. I am planning to do a series of these moonscapes and hope to get different conditions each time to allow for more interesting images.

In the summer I am looking forward to the ‘Milky Way season’ when the galatic core of the milky way is at its most prominent allowing for stunning night photos.

Checkout Ed’s website here for some of his stunning work.

Sam King