cannot be many local people who have not seen the stunning
views from Yat Rock. Every year, thousands of people come
from all around the world to visit the view point and admire
the beautiful views across the counties of Herefordshire,
Gloucestershire and beyond. Not many of these visitors however
will have seen those special views, which do not appear
until after darkness has fallen.
I have spent a lot of time at the top of Yat Rock, sometimes
completely alone and at other times with family and friends,
whilst shooting scenes for my series of Wye Valley and Forest
of Dean films. At night the views from Yat Rock change dramatically.
On a clear night you can see much further than the usual
Horseshoe bend in the River Wye and the Forest of Dean -
you can see millions of light years - right into the heart
of the Milky Way and beyond.
ROCK BY STARLIGHT AND MORE ASTRONOMY FROM ROSS-ON-WYE VIDEOS
Rock affords stunning views over the counties of Herefordshire,
Gloucestershire and Monmouthshire during the day but after sunset,
under the dark skies of the Forest of Dean, these views are extended
by light years. The Milky Way rises and the viewpoint takes on
a whole new vista.
short time lapse sequence above 'Yat Rock by Starlight' was shot
over a period of four nights in October 2009 using a Nikon D90.
The very wide angle shots were 30 second exposures at f2.8, ISO
3200, using the Nikon AF DX Fisheye Nikkor 10.5mm f2.8G ED lens.
The whole of the horseshoe bend as viewed from Yat Rock shortly
the photo above, Ross-on-Wye is directly ahead (centre),
Hereford to the left and Gloucester to the right. Although
they appear to be in front, due to the extremely wide angle
of the lens, the stars at the top centre of the photo are
actually directly overhead at Yat Rock. If
you look closely at the constellations, the Plough can be
seen immediately above Hereford, Polaris just above (left
of centre of the photograph). The fuzzy patch top right
is the Pleiades - also known as the Seven Sisters.
The above view is of the Villages of Symonds Yat East and West on
a much more cloudy night.
The Milky Way rises above the viewpoint flag pole on a clear evening.
Part of the Milky Way seen through a gap in the cloud.
A full 180 degree panoramic view of the Milky Way as seen at Yat
Rock view point.