Photographer snaps luminous picture of Isle of Arran

Quick-thinking Sylvan Buckley used a beanie hat to prop up his camera for the shot while walking his dogs in Ardrossan.

Photographer snaps luminous picture of Isle of Arran Sylvan Buckley via SWNS
The radiant picture was taken around 11pm by photographer Sylvan Buckley.

A quick-thinking photographer snapped this luminous picture of the Isle of Arran – after using a beanie hat to prop up his camera for the shot. 

The radiant picture was taken around 11pm by photographer Sylvan Buckley, 44, who was out walking his dogs across the water in Ardrossan, North Ayrshire.

He saw a window of opportunity to take the breathtaking image as the skies cleared and the moon illuminated the hills, creating picture-perfect weather conditions. 

Sylvan, from Saltcoats, rushed back to his car to fetch his camera but had to get creative when he realised he didn’t have his tripod with him. 

Sylvan took the shot across the water in Ardrossan, North Ayrshire. SWNS via SWNS
Sylvan took the shot across the water in Ardrossan, North Ayrshire.

Instead he used the beanie hat he was wearing to prop up his camera on a nearby bridge and was delighted when he got the long exposure shot. 

Sylvan said: “I was out walking my dogs along the back roads of the neighbouring town Ardrossan when I saw the hills lit up by the moonlight over the top of the town.

“I decided to go and grab my camera from the car and take a shot since it looked so nice. 

“I didn’t have a tripod with me so just placed my hat on a nearby bridge and put my camera on it for stability. 

“I folded the hat to find the angle I wanted and it also gave me a soft but secure placement to get a long exposure shot of the scene.

“It was really calm so that allowed me to get a nice sharp image.

“The hills in the background are the hills of the Isle of Arran with the largest peak on the island, Goatfell, to the left of centre in the shot.

“The weather was perfect on the night, cold crisp air with not a breath of wind. 

“The moon was at 82% so was really bright, illuminating the hills to make this shot possible.”