Lake Argyle also hosts the Argyle Diamond mine
Rio Tinto owns and operates the Argyle diamond mine in the remote East Kimberley region of Western Australia. The mine has been operating since 1983 and has produced more than 800 million carats of rough diamonds. It is one of the world’s largest supplier of diamonds and the world’s largest supplier of natural coloured diamonds. The most famous being their very rare and very beautiful Pink Diamonds
How appropriate I’d come up here to photograph these gems in the sky over the lake. The conditions were still very good for photographing the stars. Absolutely no clouds (of course) and it was only a few days after the new moon. The moon was also very low in the sky to my far right and moving towards setting
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.
I setup for the arch of stars over this dead tree right up close in my foreground for my panorama composition
My final panorama is the result of stitching seven (7) frames taken with the 14mm – 33 seconds @ f/2.8 and ISO 6400