Afterglow – A colourful horizon shortly after photographing Aurora. The Southern Cross and Pointers, Eta Carina and Milky Way extend from the southern horizon.
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The Southern Cross and Pointers with Eta Carina Nebula seen through trees at the edge of a peaceful lake in the calm of night.
Here is another from the 1st January which I have enjoyed processing. I love the colours from this particular night,and the compositions I ended up with. As an artist there is a lot to be said for being relaxed and on holiday to do your art – the results are almost always better. The Christmas break was excellent.
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Southern Cross Lake-shore
New Years Eve this year my wife and I enjoyed a picnic at our favorite nearby lake. I cycle there for exercise, we walk around it for photography of birds and bugs, and enjoy picnics there now and then. The NYE visit reminded me that I must go back to take some more astrophoto’s, so with the holiday season coinciding with new moon, what did I do on the evening of 1st January 2014? Astrophotography! PS. While standing there taking astrophoto’s I was saying to myself “why am I taking more? I already have many yet to process from Kalbarri etc … oh well!”
Frustration erupted on the morning of the 2nd when I discovered my camera (I’m sure it was it’s fault, not mine) had switched between JPG and RAW a few times throughout the night!! I almost never shoot JPG. This has left many shots as “S1 JPG” … small JPG!!! Annoying to say the least. I am happy to have salvaged the above photograph which is a smart combination of RAW and JPG to use the resolution of the RAW and features of the JPG exposures I desired and for which resolution was not so critical. I’m hoping to salvage more through the magic of astrophotography image processing techniques.
This photograph is the first processed from the evening and shows the Southern Cross and Pointers with Eta Carina Nebula (up and to the left of the Southern Cross) in a beautiful fade of colours from green to blues and light orange/pinks. I do like the fade of blue towards the top as if looking out in to deeper space. Assign from a slight increase in overall saturation, the colours are all exactly as they were from the camera and are due to rather mundane physical factors of the scene in reality but conspire to make a beautiful artistic result.
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The Magellanic Clouds
New print available for order: The Magellanic Clouds. Showing the Magellanic Clouds front and centre where they belong, This is another photograph from my Kalbarri series. The Magellanic Clouds are cradled by the silhouette outline of Eagle Gorge. Read more information about what other objects are in this photograph.
Coastal Glow (Location: Kalbarri National Park)
This is another photograph from my Kalbarri National Park series. Here the striking cliffs of the coastal tumblagooda sandstone gorges meets a nice soft pink glow to the north, over the Indian Ocean. Buy Prints of this photograph.
The scenes of a fun evening under the stars in the Wheatbelt of Western Australia.
You can see from left to right: Pleaides star cluster, Constellation of Orion with the Great Orion Nebula, Sirius the brightest star in the sky (alsocalled the Dog Star due to it’s location in Canis Minor and the Large Magellanic Cloud (the light coloured cloud thing!). Distant light domes/colours on the sky are caused by Kellerberrin (centre-left), Tammin (right) and green airglow. My friend Dave is using his telescope in the foreground.
As you can see the night was partly cloudy. What you can’t see is the ominous cloud appearing on the left of frame was a small storm cell with a few flashes of lightning and rumble it decided to unleash while directly above us!
I love the open spaces and peaceful nature of the Wheatbelt, so I really like this photograph combining so many elements.
Venus under the Milky Way at Kalbarri National Park.
As I look at this image more over the days since having finished it I’m drawn more and more to it’s dreamy look – the mix of wind swept bushes almost as if blurred through time and distance as the Milky Way bends towards the horizon, and the pathway leading to Venus from the one sharp piece of foreground bushes forming a link to the physical landscape.
Technically: This nightscape photograph shows Venus under the central bulge of the Milky Way as it sets in the west. The path in the foreground heads out to the Red Bluff lookout at Kalbarri, Western Australia. I like the little touch of the grass which is in focus right near the camera. The more distant grass is blown by wind during the exposures.
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