This powerful image showcases the Cambridge night sky above Christopher Wren’s chapel (completed 1677) at Emmanuel College. The star trails are made from a stack of 982 individual images, each of which was a 20-second exposure – thus showing 5.5 hours of star movement.
The logistics of this star trail image make a great little story. It felt like we were literally & figuratively waiting for the stars to align! We had to wait for (1) a cloudless night (in Cambridge!) during a (2) new moon and (3) when students weren’t around (thus Sept, Dec, Jan, or April only) because we had to have the (4) electrician come in to turn off the security lights on the buildings. Once all those had been satisfied, I set up my camera at about 9pm to automatically take the photo every 20-seconds. It was set up on the window sill in the office directly opposite the chapel, with the lens sticking out the window. Given the obviously opportunistic necessity of the timing, it turned out to be the evening before I went on an overseas trip, so I didn’t even get to check the images for about two weeks! To my delight, the stars came through quite nicely and it’s turned into quite a stellar image.
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A5 prints are on metallic fine art paper, with a textured off-white mount.
A3 prints are on metallic fine art paper, loose prints only.
Oversized prints are printed by the artist with archival pigment ink on fine-grained canvas. Lead time of approx 2 weeks, or as indicated below.
Archival Pigment Prints
Archival pigment prints are museum quality pieces. They are printed with long-lasting pigment-based ink on archival, acid- and lignin-free fine art material.
Archival pigment prints on paper have a lead time of several days. The paper is smooth matte, archival, 100% cotton, 300gsm Photo Rag fine art paper.
Archival pigment prints on canvas are made by the artist and have a lead time of several weeks. The Hahnemuhle Daguerre Canvas is 400gsm, matt coated, acid-and lignin-free poly-cotton with a fine-grained canvas texture. Ink is high end pigment-based and long-lasting.
Note: Prints will not show the watermark.
Due to the wide variety of screens, the colours on your screen may differ slightly from colours in the print. If you’re concerned, please get in touch first and I can send you a colour sample in advance.
All prints in the Emmanuel College series are open edition.
Dispatch & Shipping
Dispatch time is 3-5 working days for paper, or several weeks for canvas. If you need something more quickly, please send me an email at email@example.com and I will do my best to help out.
Shipping to the UK – 1-3 days
Shipping to the rest of the world – variable
Free for paper and loose canvas only. We regret that we cannot ship framed canvases worldwide.
Returns & Exchanges
If you’re unhappy for whatever reason, simply email within 3 days of receipt and we’ll work out an amicable solution for a refund or exchange. I want you to be happy! NOTE: For a refund or exchange, customer is responsible for returning the item in an undamaged state.
Frames supplied by the artist are as specified and shown above. If you want to discuss alternative framing arrangements, just get in touch to discuss your requirements before purchase.