Monday afternoon Leanne Cole and I went to Airey’s inlet for an Astrophotography shoot, especially around the lighthouse. However as we wanted to review some different sites for the best opportunities we left a little early. That meant there was time to do a few landscape shots as well.
Those that have been following me know that I made a rough and ready Panoramic head. Well I took a couple of scenes one of which turned out ok after a little bit f tweaking. Must thank Leanne for some very nice tips on enhancing only certain parts of an image. Still much to learn about doing Panoramic shots, including getting the exposure right. Here is the one Panoramic shot that worked.
Then it was down to the local hotel or pub for a meal. Very nice it was too, fish and chips with plenty of salad, yummy. Nice fire burning meant that leaving the comfort was more difficult. Still one does not drive 150kms just to be lazy. So it was back to the first of the selected sites.
I attempted a panoramic astro from the same location as the one above but due to the ease in which one can pick the wrong knob on the Manfrotto gear head meant that I ended up not being able to stitch the images in Photoshop. Next time another attempt may prove more fruitful, especially if I take much more care. Enough waffling now to the images.
The first taken from the beach with the 16-35mm, still a bit of cloud around and I really pushed the exposure time up to 50 seconds which means you can start to see star trails. I wouldn’t normally do this but for this shot I just wanted more star light and was less worried about some trailing versus a strong image.
After that it was up to the light house for the next shot. This was taken using the fisheye at 14mm, hence the ground appearing in all corners. Taken looking straight up still a bit of cloud around but none interfering with the Milky Way.
The next two shots are from vantage points near the light house, each a little further away.
Don’t know which is my favourite, think it is the one looking straight up. Hope you enjoy the set.
Oh and the final image is a partial panorama of the beach, pity I couldn’t get it all in but here is what worked. Much work to be done with the panoramic shots.