The Raging Stillness by Geoff  Coleman - Landscapes

Worth going to Larger for this one – heaps more stars.

Storm off Bundeena Cliffs, Royal National Park.

This shot has all my favourite elements in one image – the moon, stars, lightning, storm clouds, and ocean. What a treat this night was – getting some fantastic storms here. This is about the sixth I’ve photographed. There are two lightning cells here – the white one under the moon and the orange one off to the right of the main cloudbank.

This is one shot in a continuous sequence of 100 I shot to create a startrails version. Unfortunately my computer is choking on processing that many 50mb files at once so may be delayed in posting the startrails version. Shot with the Big Scary Monster:

Canon 1Ds MkIII – 16-35mm f/2.8 LII USM lens
Tv: 30secs
Av: f/3.5
ISO: 200
FL: 17mm


  • Robert Mullner
    Robert Mullneralmost 7 years ago

    Geoff…this is absolutely spectacular….what a shot…superb in every way….oh I see, you’ve got the beast of beasts of a camera as well…not to mention my future lens…hehe…Great work.

  • Thanks Robert – always value your feedback. And yes it is a beast I can tell you but at least with landscapes you can put it on a tripod lol!

    – Geoff Coleman - Landscapes

  • pollyh
    pollyhalmost 7 years ago

    Simply superb!!! Beautifully captured!

  • Rhana Griffin
    Rhana Griffinalmost 7 years ago

    Keeeee-RACK! (My jaw hitting the keyboard)

    BaaaDoom-pitee-Doom (My heart jumping into my mouth)

    GasssssssssP! (Me losing my breath as I soak in the magical elements of this image)

    Kerrrrr-THUD! (Me hitting the floor as I pass out from the complete and total awesomness of this image)

    I shoulda remembered to breathe…

  • Rhana you are brilliant!!! I couldn’t have asked for a more wonderful response – thank you for making my day and giving me a great laugh as well!
    When I got to Gassss! I thought OMG I’ve made her fart – not quite the response I intended – and then I saw the P.

    – Geoff Coleman - Landscapes

  • Wieberg Photography
    Wieberg Photog...almost 7 years ago

    Absolutely stunning!!

  • joak
    joakalmost 7 years ago

    what a shot fav

  • helene
    helenealmost 7 years ago

    OMG this is brilliant!!

  • LindaR
    LindaRalmost 7 years ago

    perhaps the best night sky I’ve seen ~ for all the reasons you intended & the ingredients you stated, my favorite now too :) Bravo!!!

  • Thank you so much Linda – your comment blew me away!

    – Geoff Coleman - Landscapes

  • Tim Haynes
    Tim Haynesalmost 7 years ago

    Awesome :)

  • Michael  Bermingham
    Michael Bermi...almost 7 years ago

    Holy Smokes…What a beauty!

    And you have some serious(and expensive) equipment there buddy!

  • Glad you like it Michael – yeah I’ve gone a bit overboard but just got sick of being presented with vistas like this and then having the shot spoiled by the limitations of the lens or cropped sensor.

    – Geoff Coleman - Landscapes

  • Paul  Henderson Smith
    Paul Henderso...almost 7 years ago

    How you got such a perfect image i wil never understand. This is beauty itself expressed in one shot. my mind has officially been blown apart. Awsome image and great oxymoronical title!!!

  • Thanks for the fantastic feedback Paul – glad you like it. It’s not so hard to get a shot like this where I live – it is just such a spectacular area you just have to set up somewhere and be patient.

    – Geoff Coleman - Landscapes

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