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Heaven’s Vineyard

by on Jul.13, 2019, under Life, Photography

These are the star trails I was aiming to photograph whilst staying on our friends property. One which would include the little vineyard they have on site

Heaven’s Vineyard


NIKON Z 7 + 14.0 mm f/2.4 @ 14 mm, 61 sec at f/2.4, ISO 1000 x 130 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.

They have a neat paddock of wine grapes planted, and one of the rows is directly in line with my favoured lone tree on the hill

It was a perfect location and a perfect night for shooting these trails. Very clear skies, no clouds, almost no light pollution and it wasn’t to freezing 🙂

Even better I only had to shoot the test shots, the light painting frames and then start the trails shots. I then went inside to the warmth of an open fire and had dinner. All I had to do was come out just over two (2) hours later to collect the camera. The perfect way to shoot startrails if you ask me 🙂

I’m about to head off into very dark skies territory on a ten week trip through north west Australia. It’s an ideal opportunity to shoot as much astrophotography as I can sensibly fit in :). So here I’m getting a little practice in with the new camera (Nikon Z7) and lens (Samyang 14/2.4). So far I’m quite happy with the combination and the results

Last time I went on a trip like this (4 years ago) there were a few key things I didn’t have or take. This time I’m taking my Novoflex Pano Rails (which will make taking angled panorama’s much easier and multi row pano’s possible). I’m also taking the Star Adventurer Mini star tracker (for some tracked astro shots)

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