Wonderful clear conditions, a new camera lens and a bigger car (camping is so much simpler now!) gave me the opportunity to capture a huge range of photographs over the two nights. I don't think I have had a weekend before where I come back expecting to so many different high quality photo's from my efforts.
Like I said - If only life could always be like this!
It will take some time to process all the photographs as it's a fairly time consuming job, I estimate about 30 hours work ahead of me for this weekend's photo's. Even the first examples below are likely to change as I continue to tweak the results - to bring out the most of the photo's and best represent the effect and feeling I am looking for in the shots.
Here are few astro photographs to start with:
|The Emu and Milky Way framed by silhouettes|
|Photograph: The Southern Cross with Pointers (left) and Eta Carina (right)|
|Photograph: The centre of the Milky Way rising in the east and extending overhead|
It feels like after many years of struggling with astrophotography equipment, techniques, and dark sky locations it is all finally coming together for me. First the goldfields trip a few weeks back, now this long weekend. I have settled on a compact and neat equipment setup, I have a handful of stable dark sky viewing locations, and a larger car which makes camping under the stars and doing astrophotography so incredibly easier than the little hatchbacks I am used to. This next two are not stunning astro photo's but do set the scene:
|Photograph: Camping under the stars|
|Night sky over wheatfield (left) and camp (right). The distant light of farm machinery in the distance (likely seeding).|
Watch this space - more to come from the weekend.