Looking south from Caves Beach Jervis Bay. One of these “I don’t believe this” moments. One of the problems with Royal NP (where I shoot most of my photos) is that it’s under the flight path for Sydney airport which is a problem at night because I end up getting lots of distracting light trails from the planes (there is often no more than 90 seconds between one plane flying out of a frame and another flying in). Given it takes 10 minutes to start getting decent star trails you end up with 10 plane trails in the shot.
So me and my partner headed south to the almost equally gorgeous national park at Jervis Bay 2.5 hours south of Sydney. Whoopee I thought – no planes. And then, just as I pressed the shutter this tiny light plane flew into frame. My first reaction was #$Q #%$## what do you have to do to get away from aircraft and I nearly closed the shutter. But then I thought just leave it and take another shot after this one. So I left it and it turned out to be my favourite shot of the start trails I took that night. The white glow is the Milky Way and the orange glow is from a village on the other side of the bay.
Tv: 619secs
Av: f/3.5
ISO: 200
FL: 17MM
Canon 30D


  • AllyL
    AllyLalmost 7 years ago

    Lucky the Navy weren’t doing night flights LOL
    I really like the reddish/pink – I think it adds in the same way the orange glow does.

  • Geoff  Coleman - Landscapes
    Geoff Coleman...almost 7 years ago

    Thanks Ally – lol at the time I wished they’d have shot the bloody thing down but I ended up liking its trajectory.

  • Trace Lowe
    Trace Lowealmost 7 years ago

    Nice job!

  • Gregory Ewanowich
    Gregory Ewanowichalmost 7 years ago

    Nice capture Geoff! With the silhouetted foreground and the glow in the distance it makes for a really interesting view.

  • Jeremy Harrington
    Jeremy Harringtonalmost 7 years ago

    amazing image.. i really need to get my hands on a shutter cord with lock so i can give this ago one time..

  • John Segon-Fisher,  RPA
    John Segon-Fis...almost 7 years ago

    Brilliant Geoff.

  • Douzy
    Douzyalmost 7 years ago

    Hehe I know you didn’t want the planes there but I like them! Like I said on your previous pic I like the man-nature bond it creates. The trajectory has quite a nice angle too, and the red adds interest. I also like the orange glow from the town.

  • dinghysailor1
    dinghysailor1almost 7 years ago

    Beautiful – I’m feeling giddy…!

  • Antanas
    Antanasalmost 7 years ago

    Great composition

  • Mary Lake
    Mary Lakealmost 7 years ago

    This is awesome. I’ve been dying to try shots like this, now that it’s getting cold here, I may have to wait till the spring. Who know’s maybe I’ll bundle up one night and try it for some fun and excitement. Love this, thanks for sharing…. :-)

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