Descending Angel by Alistair Wilson


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I have had a vision of this shot in my head all week at work and went out tonight to take it. This Angel statue is by Deborah Halpern and was in front of the National Gallery of Victoria for 18 years before it was restored and moved here where it overlooks the Yarra River. This is my second go at Star Trails, the first being Lonely Planet. I had to shoot this one with fairly different settings to my first go as the light in the sky around the city is so much brighter than in the outer suburbs of Melbourne.

Wasn’t happy with the original brightness of the starts so I added a couple of layers using blending options in Photoshop to brighten it up a bit!


  1. Canon 5D, 24-70mm f2.8 L USM. FL: 28 mm
  2. 30 seconds @ f7.1 × 83 shots, ISO 100
  3. No Filters
  4. Adobe Lightroom 2, Startrails software

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Photography for me is an outlet, a way I can express myself through images rather than words. I look at the subjects I shoot from every possible angle that I can imagine and with the right light, the vision in my head becomes a reality. My passion for it began after high school and over the past several years it has become my release, my way of seeing from a different perspective..

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  • Nicoletté Thain Photography
    Nicoletté Thai...about 5 years ago

    brilliant Alistair, well done :)

  • John  Kowalski
    John Kowalskiabout 5 years ago

    Excellent image Alistair! colours are fabulous against the darker background! job well done!!

  • mindym306
    mindym306about 5 years ago

    Great shot!

  • BigD
    BigDabout 5 years ago

    Excellent work

  • Ben Ryan
    Ben Ryanabout 5 years ago

    I’d been wondering where that statue went.

  • Luis Ferreiro
    Luis Ferreiroabout 5 years ago

    Fantastic image.

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaabout 5 years ago


  • chrissproul
    chrissproulalmost 3 years ago

    mind if I ask which startrails software you prefer to use?

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