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Road to the Stars

by on Sep.09, 2019, under Life, Photography

Hmmm… so here I am in really dark skies territory and the moon won’t be rising for a while. I’m camped literally 50m from this epic little valley with boab trees, epic rock formations and nice spinifex grasses. Hmm, what should one do…

It’s definitely astro panorama time…

Boy – this Novoflex multi row pano rail certainly makes things much easier for taking the source frames for these panorama’s

Be they vertical single row pano’s like this – taken from horizon to horizon so they represent a bit over 180˚ of view

Spinifex Streak

Spinifex Streak

NIKON Z 7 + 14.0 mm f/2.4 @ 14 mm, 15 sec at f/2.4, ISO 6400 x 8 Frames

When taking a vertical panorama like this I’m aiming to include pretty much the entire visible milky way streak in the sky. With the milky way essentially vertical in the sky. What this flattened image is showing you is how the milky way goes from one horizon point in front of you straight up into the sky and over your head and down to the horizon 180˚ behind you

In the image here I’ve left in the view in the other direction behind you (at the top of the image) so you can see what I normally crop out of the final image

Road to the Stars

Road to the Stars

NIKON Z 7 + 14.0 mm f/2.4 @ 14 mm, 15 sec at f/2.4, ISO 6400 x 8 Frames

To take these images I’m taking a sequence of exposures with the camera horizontal. First one take pointing downwards in front of me. The one taken pointing straight ahead (actually rotated 36˚ up from the first exposure). Then another raised again (another 36˚ up). Repeating this process rotating the camera upwards 36˚ at a time. Then I’m pointing straight up then slightly behind me and so on. Eventually I’m pointing towards the ground behind me and that’s done

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