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Norfolk electrician-turned-photographer has his sights set on the stars with Holt exhibition

PUBLISHED: 17:21 01 November 2017 | UPDATED: 17:24 01 November 2017

Orford, Suffolk,  by Shaun Reynolds.

Orford, Suffolk, by Shaun Reynolds.

Shaun Reynolds

A Norfolk electrician-turned-photographer has his sights set on the stars, with an exhibition featuring images of the county’s beauty spots set against a stunning night sky.

Electrician-turned-photographer Shaun Reynolds, whose stunning night sky images are on show at Holt gallery Picturecraft. Photo: SHAUN REYNOLDS Electrician-turned-photographer Shaun Reynolds, whose stunning night sky images are on show at Holt gallery Picturecraft. Photo: SHAUN REYNOLDS

By day, Shaun Reynolds is a jobbing electrician but, as the sun sets, he is drawn into the fascinating world of astrophotography, a hobby which has seen him travel from one end of the country to the other to get the perfect stellar shot.

Great Yarmouth-born Mr Reynolds, 59, began taking photographs of friends’ weddings and local landscapes more than 30 years ago.

Lands End, Cornwall,  by Shaun Reynolds. Lands End, Cornwall, by Shaun Reynolds.

However, after a customer showed him images he had captured using a telescope seven years ago, Mr Reynolds decided to switch focus to photographing the night sky.

“I wasn’t too interested at first, but once I had fixed my camera up to his ‘scope, all that changed and within 30 seconds, I was completely hooked,” he explained.

Covehithe and Milky Way Light, by Shaun Reynolds. Covehithe and Milky Way Light, by Shaun Reynolds.

After kitting himself out with specialist equipment including a modified camera, filters and telescope, Mr Reynolds began photographing the Milky Way from viewpoints around his home at Ditchingham and along the north Norfolk coast.

He has since travelled all over the UK, often spending many hours at a single location, before returning home to work on his pictures.

Durdle Door, Dorset, After Dark,  by Shaun Reynolds. Durdle Door, Dorset, After Dark, by Shaun Reynolds.

“My photographs can take months of planning,” he explained. “Then there is sometimes 20 or 30 hours of exposure needed to get the picture and, after that, the art of it is putting it together and making an interpretation of what you have seen, which can involve spending up to 30 hours stitching together 60 different images.

As well as photographing the stars through a telescope, Mr Reynolds, who gives talks on astrophotography as a member of Norwich Astronomical Society, has also worked with a camera and tripod to capture the Norfolk night sky as a backdrop to local landmarks including Happisburgh lighthouse, Cley windmill and Cromer pier.

Happisburgh Lighthouse,  by Shaun Reynolds. Happisburgh Lighthouse, by Shaun Reynolds.

“Norfolk is just an amazing place,” he said. “It’s the big beautiful skies and the fact that you are never far from the coast, but you’ve also got this amazing landscape and to photograph it at night brings it into a whole different dimension.”

Photographs by Shaun Reynolds will be on show at the Picturecraft Gallery, Lees Yard, Holt, until December 3. To see more of his work, visit www.shaunreynoldsastro.com

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