Squeaky Beach, Wilsons Promontory National Park, Australia.
This shot was quite a monumental effort for one evening. 1 1/2 hour drive to national park, 1 1/2 hours shooting, 1 1/2 hours drive home, then another 1 1/2 hours to load all images through Startrails software & fine tuning in Photoshop. That’s 6 hours I put into this baby, but I’m quite pleased with the results.
Star trails – ISO 320, f/3.5, 180 × 30s, 18mm
Foreground/boulders – ISO 200, f/7.1, 170s, 18mm, boulders lit with 15 separate firings from Nissin 20bc flash unit.
I just love this place and, as the name suggests, Squeaky beach does squeak when you walk on it due to the high quartz content in the sand. There was to be no fire spinning tonight as this area was devastated by bushfires last Summer & I didn’t want to be responsible for the next round :)
Of all the nights I’ve been out doing star trails, this night was the most active. I saw at least 6 meteors (none of which are in my shot – bugger!) and 2 of them were HUUUGE – like burning trails of fire in the sky. There was alot of wildlife around also. Saw about 6 wombats, 4 or 5 kangaroos, 2 echidnas, a possum and 1 koala scampering across the road. No matter how careful you drive these animals can be on the road before you know it and unfortunately a fox became my casualty. He just darted out so quick. RIP Mr. Fox.
So all in all, a very eventful night :D
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