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I have recently taken an interest in photography of the Milky Way and trying to combine it with different foreground interest.

Through all my research and flickr friends work it was trying to find a dark location within driving distance of Sydney that both Jay and I had been looking into for our first try of shooting the Milky Way.

I have also been looking into going for single frame captures rather than stacking them. I am sure that as I get better at these shots I will start to try using programs like deep sky stacker.

So during the week Jay e-mailed me and proposed that we try for a Milky Way shoot on Friday night. It involved leaving Sydney at 11.30pm at night and driving up to Forresters Beach on the Central Coast. So as we were driving out of Sydney there were a few clouds and we considered aborting the mission, but most likely due to us both being crazy we pushed on and were rewarded with an amazingly clear sky.

Whilst I still have so much to learn with this style of photography, I am so pumped to push the limits and come up with something different.

Shot Details:
Canon 5Dmk2
17-40f/4.0

1) Galaxy Exposure
f/4.0
ISO: 4000 (Way to high but needed to compensate for using my 17-40mm)
30sec exposure
2) Foreground Exposure
f/4.0
ISO: 1200
30 secs exposure
small torch used to light paint the rocks

Also during the second exposure I re-focused on the rocks in the foreground as I was using infinity for the galaxy shot.

Tags

stars, milky way, galaxy, night, forresters beach, beach, seascape

Comments

  • sandra .
    sandra .about 2 years ago

    Ooooh, I like the milky way shots and the foreground adds great interest to them
    Keep going with it Damien, a cool image
    Sandra

  • Danny Kenealy
    Danny Kenealyabout 2 years ago

    very nice well done great detail in the dust lanes

  • Betty Smith_Voce
    Betty Smith_Voceabout 2 years ago

    This is truly magnificent! Wonderful work!

  • Prasad
    Prasadabout 2 years ago

    Great

  • Brenda Dahl
    Brenda Dahlabout 2 years ago

    My son says this is Legit….I say this is just perfectly done. I like finding artists that attempt to keep a natural image as natural as possible. I really like what you have done with this photo…as well as the one previous to this photo…Excellent work!

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