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Celestial Trails - Simpson Desert, Qld by Ben Messina

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Getting to know the stars is an important part of landscape photography. Using a compass and G.P.S I was able to pinpoint the South Celestial Star. Because of the rotation of the earth, using a six hour exposure gives the feeling of the stars trailing around this point. I used a 5 million candle power flashlight to illuminate the sand dune. Because of the massive size of the dune I had to climb an adjacent dune and paint the light on from there.

Camera – Fuji Gx617
Film – Fuji Velvia

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  • Tony Middleton
    Tony Middletonalmost 7 years ago

    absolutely brilliant Ben ! This is my favourite photograph of yours and it looks awesome printed large !

  • Matt Halls
    Matt Hallsalmost 7 years ago

    What clever work!! Magnificent result Ben

  • DavidIori
    DavidIorialmost 7 years ago

    Great Work Ben

  • Kirk  Hille
    Kirk Hillealmost 7 years ago

    Amazing ,
    Love the composition and color .
    The spot light worked well to bring out the exposure on the sand

  • Barry Norton
    Barry Nortonalmost 7 years ago

    Brill great use of technology

  • Ben Messina
    Ben Messinaalmost 7 years ago

    Thanks everyone for the comments, much appreciated. Barry not sure if you read the description, this image is one exposure done over a six hour period, on film, no technology needed.

  • danielson
    danielsonalmost 7 years ago

    Awesome image, well done love hoe you have ilumanated the sand dune as well as having teh star trails in the image

  • Macky
    Mackyover 6 years ago

    ……..and now all of a sudden I feel small. :-) Beautifully ‘engineered’

  • Annette Blattman
    Annette Blattmanover 6 years ago


  • Varinia   - Globalphotos
    Varinia - Gl...over 6 years ago

    Wow, you certainly had to plan this one and what a fabulous resulting image !!

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