Fields of Stars by Alistair Wilson

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Taken on a freezing night near Marysville, Victoria in the Yarra Ranges. Needed a few things to go my way to get this shot, first was a clear night which eventually happened. Secondly I had to wait long enough for the moon to rise over the hills to left of the picture so the foreground could be illuminated. As Maroondah Highway is in the distance a heavy traffic flow could have damaged the image as well but luckily it’s quiet this time of year! Also by the end of taking the images it was starting to become real foggy and moisture on the lens was becoming a problem for me!


  1. Canon 5D, 17-40L FL: 17 mm
  2. 36 shots x 30 seconds @ f4, ISO 1600
  3. No Filters
  4. Adobe Lightroom 2, Adobe Photoshop CS4, Star Trails freeware

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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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  • D Byrne
    D Byrneover 4 years ago

    Nice one. Regarding the fogging on the lens, I’ve heard that wrapping it in something warm(a Len’s Jumper…) can help reduce this.

  • Thanks mate, might have to try it next time

    – Alistair Wilson

  • mermanda
    mermandaover 4 years ago

    This is a very unique photo :) It was worth your wait!

  • Thanks :) took more than a couple of ventures out of the house to get a clear night and the right amount of light

    – Alistair Wilson

  • Raquel O'Neill
    Raquel O'Neillover 4 years ago

    Great shot Alistair, I too have had trouble with lens fogging when attempting star trails.

  • Thanks Raquel, yeah it sucks doesn’t it

    – Alistair Wilson

  • Thomas Anderson
    Thomas Andersonover 4 years ago

    Thats amazing!

  • Cheers mate

    – Alistair Wilson

  • Jim Worrall
    Jim Worrallover 4 years ago

    Great work Alistair.
    The stars over Marysville move amazingly far in 30 seconds!
    ………or is this multiple 30 sec exposures blended together? :-)

  • haha sorry mate might have to adjust the description! was around 36 shots so 18 minutes or so

    – Alistair Wilson

  • zumi
    zumiover 4 years ago

    well done!

  • Thanks Zumi

    – Alistair Wilson

  • janinek
    janinekover 4 years ago

    far out i love your work!!! just breath taking!!!

  • Thanks Janine, appreciate it

    – Alistair Wilson

  • advertisingamy
    advertisingamyover 4 years ago

    amazing work

  • Thanks Amy :)

    – Alistair Wilson

  • Lucas D'Arcy
    Lucas D'Arcyover 4 years ago

    Awesome capture. Ive tried this several times myself unsuccessfully and am very envious. Well done.

  • Thanks Lucas, can be very tricky sometimes. I’ve definitely been out a few times where shots haven’t worked well

    – Alistair Wilson

  • Rosej
    Rosejover 4 years ago

    So impressed – how wonderful – really clever and creative.

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