Worth clicking Large to see all the stars.

30 second exposure of a moving cloudbank backlit by the moon between two pinnacles in the Gardens of Stone National Park (isn’t that the coolest name for a NP?). Taken around midnight.

First new landscape pic for a while. A friend invited me to another friend’s birthday in this amazing location. I’ve never been to this area on the other side of the Blue Mountains and was just gobsmacked as we drove down this valley with these majestic mountains rising on either side.

I spotted this vantage point on the way in and as the party wore on snuck away to get some shots and was presented with this vista as I rolled up in the car. Managed to get about 15 mins in before it started to sleet. Man it was freezing with the wind coming off the late snow.

The party was in an old art deco hotel being lovingly restored by this young couple and their six(!) children (oldest 11!!) Can’t believe the energy some people have or their vision. This hotel is located in a near-deserted old shale mining town at the end of a valley you can only access by dirt road about 4 hours from Sydney.

It was all quite surreal – particularly when some of the girls at the party heard I was a photographer and decided they wanted to do a Norman Lindsay style “bacchanalia” photoshoot at the end of the night – just hilarious but OMG working with drunk models is hard work – “sit still”, “stop giggling” – never again! Still I managed to do both my favourite styles of photography in one night so it’s churlish to complain.

Canon 1Ds Mk III
Tv: 30 secs
Av: f/3.2
ISO: 1600


  • Geoff  Coleman - Landscapes
    Geoff Coleman...over 5 years ago

    Same view 15 minutes later

  • salsbells69
    salsbells69over 5 years ago

    Beautiful Geoff! Love your story behind this too! Its good to see the other side! Sometimes the grass is greener! ;))

  • Always greener lol – thanks Sal

    – Geoff Coleman - Landscapes

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstoneover 5 years ago

    Gardens of stone np…..yes, a wonderful name! Awesome sky too!

  • Love that name – really inspired. Thanks Mel.

    – Geoff Coleman - Landscapes

  • Stuart Chapman
    Stuart Chapmanover 5 years ago

    This is a real beauty Geoff. I really love how you get the stars so pin sharp and perfect exposure throughout, the contained glare of the moon and beautiful cloud movement just adds to it even further.

    But it’s all topped off by the sharp shapes of the foreground, giving both scope and an entrance, making it like something out of Close Encounters.

  • Your characteristically thoughtful, considered and generous comment – thanks heaps Stuart – can’t tell you how much I enjoy your visits!

    – Geoff Coleman - Landscapes

  • Rosy Kueng
    Rosy Kuengover 5 years ago

    Amazing shot! Absolutely fantastic!!! Love that sky and your story as well :)))

  • Thanks Rosy – much appreciated.

    – Geoff Coleman - Landscapes

  • Kylie Moroney
    Kylie Moroneyover 5 years ago

    Fantastic shot, I love it. It has a southern lights appeal to it.

  • Thanks Kylie.

    – Geoff Coleman - Landscapes

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...over 5 years ago

  • Ahh shucks – thanks heaps Kathy :-)

    – Geoff Coleman - Landscapes

  • Martin Muir
    Martin Muirover 5 years ago

    Just Awesome Geoff,great image!

  • Thanks mate – glad you like it.

    – Geoff Coleman - Landscapes

  • CaseySmith
    CaseySmithover 5 years ago

    Holy F%$K that is awesome, I love it Geoff.

  • hehe – thanks Casey – it was an awesome vista.

    – Geoff Coleman - Landscapes

  • Rhana Griffin
    Rhana Griffinover 5 years ago

    Words fail me.

  • Know I have something special when Ms Muffin is struck dumb – thanks my friend.

    – Geoff Coleman - Landscapes

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