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An Avenue of Poplars – Topping Coolah…

by on Nov.27, 2016, under Life, Photography

I’d just dropped my daughter off at the grandparents place but I wasn’t stopping. We’d just come from doing some milky way panoramas and light painting to the south of Coolah. I wasn’t yet finished however. I was keen to try one more shot from the road leading into Coolah from the east.

Topping Coolah

Topping Coolah

NIKON D750 + 14.0 mm f/2.8 @ 14 mm, 25 sec at f/2.8, ISO 3200 x 12 Frames

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

This is another double row pano taken with my new Novoflex Panorama rails. One row of six images taken straight out at 0˚ and a second row pointing upwards at 45˚.

My aim… well this road leading into town has a row of poplars along the side of the road. I wanted to shoot down the road pointing towards town with the arch of the milky way topping the town and the trees in the west.

I must admit to being a little worried about what the light pollution was going to do. Coolah is a tiny town but basically any lights in the direction you’re shooting in at such high iso’s for astro work is typically bad. I somewhat compensated by shooting the lower row of frames at ISO 3200 and the upper row at ISO 6400 and hoped the pano blending would compensate. It did perfectly so I’m happy with the end result.

A little light painting of the foreground with my headtorch was all that was needed to lift it from the inky darkness.

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