The Dreaming Rock - Night by Geoff  Coleman - Landscapes


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Went on a trip to Uluru (Ayers Rock) – Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) National Park a couple of weeks ago. And the landscape is every bit as beautiful as I’d anticipated. The colours both day and night of the rocks, vegetation and sky just have to be seen to be believed.

The timing of our visit couldn’t have been better. It had been raining a lot before we got there but we had only beautifully clear skies. Plus a nearly full moon.

So here is Uluru just after dusk. The rock itself and the vegetation in the foreground is lit by the moon and the golden glow behind the rock is the reflection of the sunset behind the camera.

The large purple/pink cloud immediately above the rock I’m told is the Large Magellanic Cloud our nearby galactic neighbour at a mere 160,000 light years. Also I think the little white X in the top right hand corner of the cloud is actually an iridium flare when the sun is reflected off a passing communications satellite.

It’s a 30 second exposure at ISO 1600 so some noise and the stars are beginning to trail rather than being the pinpricks you get at shorter exposures. I’ve actually got a separate startrails sequence over Uluru that I’ll be posting in due course.

Canon 1Ds Mk III
Tv: 30 secs
Av: f/5.0
ISO: 1600


uluru, ayers rock, olgas, kata tjuta, outback, desert, stars, galaxy, sunset, moonlit


  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Mooreabout 3 years ago

    Well that is just magnificent. Looks like a rock aura. Beautiful, beautiful, Geoff.

  • Thanks heaps – yeah was very lucky with the sunset reflection – does give it that aura quality.

    – Geoff Coleman - Landscapes

  • Travis Easton
    Travis Eastonabout 3 years ago

    Very nice shot indeed Geoff.

  • Well thank you my friend – glad you like it.

    – Geoff Coleman - Landscapes

  • ElRobbo
    ElRobboabout 3 years ago

    Incredible capture, Geoff!
    Top work!

  • Thank you kindly.

    – Geoff Coleman - Landscapes

  • Noel Elliot
    Noel Elliotabout 3 years ago

    Stunning image Geoff..don’t think I have seen one before with the stars

  • Thanks Noel – it’s very hard to get a good shot of Uluru with stars as the park rangers are over zealous and efficious and kick you out of the Park at 7.30pm just when the night sky is getting interesting. Luckily I grabbed this one just before the ranger’s headlights swung in behind me and wrecked the subsequent shots.

    – Geoff Coleman - Landscapes

  • Fuzzball
    Fuzzballabout 3 years ago


  • Thanks

    – Geoff Coleman - Landscapes

  • Josie Jackson
    Josie Jacksonabout 3 years ago

    Colour is stunning Geoff and what an amazing background of cloud and stars/galaxies whatever….. very beautiful :o)x

  • Thanks Josie – it was lucky timing to get all the elements together.

    – Geoff Coleman - Landscapes

  • helene
    heleneabout 3 years ago

    A stunner geoff!

  • Thanks Helene – glad you like it.

    – Geoff Coleman - Landscapes

  • Odille Esmonde-Morgan
    Odille Esmonde...about 3 years ago

    Magnificent says it all – great work!

  • Much appreciated – thanks

    – Geoff Coleman - Landscapes

  • TextureoftheSin
    TextureoftheSinabout 3 years ago

    That looks fabulous Geoff!

  • Thanks heaps :-)

    – Geoff Coleman - Landscapes

  • Robert Mullner
    Robert Mullnerabout 3 years ago

    Freaking awesome Geoff. Just superb.

  • Well thank you kindly my friend.

    – Geoff Coleman - Landscapes

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