A graphic designer has captured spectacular photos of the Milky Way dazzling above the Isle of Wight in rarely seen British skys-capes.
Chad Powell captured images of the extraordinary light patterns above familiar beaches on England's largest island.
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The 23-year-old used a DSLR camera to enhance the Milky Way from the white strip visible to the naked eye into an explosion of colourful lights.
Powell, from Ventnor on the Isle of Wight, used the local architecture, coves and plant life of the island in the foreground of his photographs to create a contrast with the dramatic sky.
Wheat fields, night daisies and a medieval lighthouse are some of the scenes Chad captured against the startling natural light displays.
He said: "The Isle of Wight's southern location and relatively small towns allow the skies to be fairly uninterrupted by light pollution compared to the majority of the UK, making it one of the darkest locations in England.
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"Although the scenes in my images often seem surreal, they are completely genuine and can be seen with the naked eye.
"The use of long exposures and a light sensitive camera allow for the bright colours and details to be visible.
"Today's DSLR cameras can gather much more light and capture a lot more detail than our eyes can."
Chad adds: "My favourite location to photograph both day and night is Steephill Cove , a stone's throw from Ventnor Botanic Garden, and an unspoilt hidden gem of the Island.
"It is also great for stargazing due to the limited amount of houses there and no street lights in the cove itself."
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