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Chaise Abbey


There are places that you discover and mean to look into, but just never get around to it. This was one of those places. I'd first noticed Chaise Abbey a year and half, maybe even two years ago. All I could really find on tinterweb was a few mentions of the aggressive owners and a one or two reports showing only externals. It then slipped my mind until a friend mentioned it recently so I decided it was time to get over there.

1. Chaise Abbey under the stars


Brief History

The country house was built in the 1800's. The stunning building has been unoccupied for some time now and has sadly fallen into a state of disrepair. There are signs that the owners have attempted repairs and redevelopment at some point, but had not progressed very far before abandoning the daunting task. Some parts are now in a severe state of disrepair while other parts are much more pleasing.

Our Visit

We arrived (very) early in the morning to get a star trail of this lovely old place. It was bloody freezing! We were staying quiet and still to avoid being spotted by what we presume to be secca - a car and caravan parked at the front of the building with lights on inside. I don't know if you've ever tried standing around outside on a very cold night, but you really start to appreciate wearing two pairs of trousers and an extra coat when frost starts forming on your clothing! Not knowing what to expect inside we ventured in once the sun had started to peep over the horizon and we were pleasantly surprised.

2. The Chaise Room


3. Attic Bahroom


4. Enrance Hall


5. Landing


6. Spiral Staircase


7. Has to be done!


8. Chaise Abbey External


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This is just epic!!!, Actually the whole report is epic but that shot is epically epic!!

How many shots? and how long did it take, I'm off out someday over my xmas break to do some star trails and need some serious advice

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This is just epic!!!, Actually the whole report is epic but that shot is epically epic!!

How many shots? and how long did it take, I'm off out someday over my xmas break to do some star trails and need some serious advice

Thanks Nelly. This was 120 exposures at 30 seconds each, so total time was an hour. These were all shot at ISO800 f/2.8

I also added an extra frame for the lighting on the building which was a couple of minutes (using bulb mode) ISO400 f/8

The shots were then stacked using StarStax, which merges all the photos into one.


* Wear twice as much warm clothing as you think you'll need, then add another layer too! It gets VERY cold on clear nights.

* Obviously you'll need a clear night, but try to find somewhere out of the town or city too, to avoid light pollution from street lights.

* Practice. Set up in your garden one evening, and try out the settings. There's nothing more annoying than getting to a location and trying to figure out all the settings you need for the first time in the dark.

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Yeah, all the stars rotate around Polaris the pole star. I could explain how to find it, but Google will do a better job. In basic terms quite simply point your camera North and you'll get circles!

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