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by on Sep.26, 2019, under Life, Photography

I made the descent down into Joffre Gorge whilst it was still early twilight. It wasn’t quite time for the alignment of the milky way with the roof of the gorge but it was still light enough to see



NIKON Z 7 + 14.0 mm f/2.4 @ 14 mm, 15 sec at f/2.4, ISO 4000 x 6 Frames

Light enough to see being a useful trait when scrambling down a very sketchy cliff face in darkening light

I was here a little early so I spent some time doing some test shots with my panoramic rail just to test the framing, composition and lighting

My new German friend arrived not long after it got quite dark, and we started shooting in earnest

This is one from early on (7:20PM and just after astro twilight ended) with minimal low level light painting on the rock walls of the gorge above

The resultant image is the panoramic merge of six (6) overlapping horizontal frames with the 14mm lens

What you see here is well over 180˚ field of view from top to bottom. The bottom of the frame looks forward along the base of the gorge towards Joffre falls. The image then pans upwards to see the tall (100m) narrow gorge walls to either side and above. Eventually at the top of the image you’re actually seeing the base of the gorge behind us

So that “crack” in the roof of the gorge with the milky way along it is the visible portion of the sky when standing at the base of the gorge and from top to bottom is perhaps 120˚ or so long

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