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Indian Stars…

by on May.05, 2016, under Life, Photography

Being near the westernmost publically accessible point of Australia has it’s advantages. With a view looking out over the Indian Ocean and perfect conditions to shoot the Milky Way it was yet another opportunity not to pass up.



NIKON D750 + 14.0 mm f/2.8 @ 14 mm, 30 sec at f/2.8, ISO 3200

Note: These photographs (especially the wider shots) look much better when larger – so click any of the images below to see larger versions in an inline overlay slideshow gallery viewer.

Before dinner I headed back down to the spot I’d planned earlier and setup my tripod and gear. I setup my composition for the stars which would hopefully come out in the clear skies later on and then left the camera and headed back to the vans for dinner.

Sunset was spectacular – so intensely red – it was awesome. We ate dinner whilst watching the sun drop into the ocean.

I could actually remote trigger the camera from back at the campsite but none of the images I took were worth showing (camera was facing down the coast rather than towards the sunset, and there were no clouds anyway).

After dinner I headed back to the camera for some night time shooting. The first shot above was at 7PM. It wasn’t quite dark enough yet – astro twilight still hadn’t ended (it was only 50 minutes after sunset). Still it was beautiful and an hint of what was to come.

Less than 15 minutes later it was getting good with the milky way leaping up out of the sea into the sky and two nice little galaxies near the horizon above the land. It was dark enough now to shoot at ISO 8000 and get a nice set of stars against the late twilight sky.

Indian Sunset

Indian Sunset

NIKON D750 + 14.0 mm f/2.8 @ 14 mm, 30 sec at f/2.8, ISO 8000

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