Amazing pictures of Milky Way over the Isle of Wight

Chad Powell captured the extraordinary photos on England's largest island

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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.

ISLE OF WHITE, GREAT BRITAIN - MAY 13: A view of the Milky Way taken by Chad Powell on a DSLR camera on May13, 2015. Taken at Mount Bay, St Lawrence just minutes before the moon crept above the horizon and washed out the sky. The bright light prominent in the very centre of the image, often mistaken as the sun in my images is a large container ship, often anchored in the distance, ready to dock at Portsmouth/Southampton harbour.   LIGHTS from the Milky Way dazzle above the Isle of White in these rarely seen British sky-scapes. Chad Powell captured images of spectacular light patterns above the familiar beach scenes of England?s largest island. 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. The graphic designer from Ventnor, 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 captures against the startling natural light displays.  PHOTOGRAPH BY Chad Powell / Barcroft Media  UK Office, London. T +44 845 370 2233 W www.barcroftmedia.com  USA Office, New York City. T +1 212 796 2458 W www.barcroftusa.com  Indian Office, Delhi. T +91 11 4053 2429 W www.barcroftindia.com

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.

ISLE OF WHITE, GREAT BRITAIN - JUNE 23: A view of the Milky Way taken by Chad Powell on a DSLR camera on June 23, 2015. The shape of the echium pininana which grows all around Ventnor Botanic Garden and local gardens, can be seen here resembling the structure of our milky way galaxy as seen from earth in an bizarre way.  LIGHTS from the Milky Way dazzle above the Isle of White in these rarely seen British sky-scapes. Chad Powell captured images of spectacular light patterns above the familiar beach scenes of England?s largest island. 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. The graphic designer from Ventnor, 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 captures against the startling natural light displays.  PHOTOGRAPH BY Chad Powell / Barcroft Media  UK Office, London. T +44 845 370 2233 W www.barcroftmedia.com  USA Office, New York City. T +1 212 796 2458 W www.barcroftusa.com  Indian Office, Delhi. T +91 11 4053 2429 W www.barcroftindia.com

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.

ISLE OF WHITE, GREAT BRITAIN - JUNE 23: A view of the Milky Way taken by Chad Powell on a DSLR camera on June 23, 2015, on the Isle Of Wight. A stones 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.  LIGHTS from the Milky Way dazzle above the Isle of White in these rarely seen British sky-scapes. Chad Powell captured images of spectacular light patterns above the familiar beach scenes of England?s largest island. 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. The graphic designer from Ventnor, 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 captures against the startling natural light displays.  PHOTOGRAPH BY Chad Powell / Barcroft Media  UK Office, London. T +44 845 370 2233 W www.barcroftmedia.com  USA Office, New York City. T +1 212 796 2458 W www.barcroftusa.com  Indian Office, Delhi. T +91 11 4053 2429 W www.barcroftindia.com

"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."

ISLE OF WHITE, GREAT BRITAIN - JANUARY 17 A view of the Milky Way taken by Chad Powell on a DSLR camera on January 17, 2015. Framed here in the sky is the fainter part of the milky way's centre, which is home to Orion as well as Sirius, the brightest star in our night sky.  LIGHTS from the Milky Way dazzle above the Isle of White in these rarely seen British sky-scapes. Chad Powell captured images of spectacular light patterns above the familiar beach scenes of England?s largest island. 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. The graphic designer from Ventnor, 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 captures against the startling natural light displays.  PHOTOGRAPH BY Chad Powell / Barcroft Media  UK Office, London. T +44 845 370 2233 W www.barcroftmedia.com  USA Office, New York City. T +1 212 796 2458 W www.barcroftusa.com  Indian Office, Delhi. T +91 11 4053 2429 W www.barcroftindia.com

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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