Monthly Archives: July 2014

Ocean of Stars

Ocean of Stars - The Milky Way over the Indian Ocean from coastal cliffs.

Ocean of Stars – The Milky Way over the Indian Ocean from coastal cliffs.

At an introduction to nightscape astrophotography workshop I ran for Shoot Photography Workshops this weekend just gone, I was reminded of this photograph which I haven’t published on my website yet. This photograph, “Ocean of Stars” featured in an exhibition at the Perth Town Hall back in December, and was one of several prints to sell during the exhibition. Since then it has slipped to the back of the pile of photo’s, as have many other images from my trips to Kalbarri National Park.

The participants of the workshop particularly liked this image.

This astrophotograph of the Milky Way over the Indian Ocean is particularly large, being over 16,000 pixels wide due to the fact it is comprised of many frames stitched together making the single panoramic image. This makes it a great candidate for large format printing.

The vast Indian Ocean disappears in to the distance beyond the cliffs of Kalbarri National Park, as the brilliant Milky Way and Magellanic Clouds with their millions of stars shine overhead. Island Rock is to the bottom left, and the coastal path meanders along the cliff top to the right.

Workshop under the Milky Way

Workshop under the Milky Way

Workshop under the Milky Way

A backyard workshop under the night sky with the Milky Way overhead. Two pine trees stand tall as silhouettes against the bright night sky. Near the top of frame is the bright yellow/orange star Antares, a well known and easily recognised star in the constellation of Scorpius (the scorpion), which lies in the direction of the centre of our Milky Way, the large bulge of stars seen in this image.

Are you looking for astro photography workshops, where you can learn the night sky and how to photograph the Milky Way? I can help with that, I have a two day workshop and other options available.

Into The Light

Into The Light - The Southern Cross and Pointers set in to the brightly lit western horizon, behind a stand of tall silhouetted trees which were burnt in a recent bushfire.

Into The Light – The Southern Cross and Pointers set in to the brightly lit western horizon, behind a stand of tall silhouetted trees which were burnt in a recent bushfire.

The silhouetted trees in this nightscape emphasise the lines of the setting Milky Way which includes in this field the Southern Cross and Pointers. Behind the trees, to the west is the light of a crescent moon (not visible for the trees) and light from the City of Perth. Here the light creates the focal point to which the stars are setting and the clouds are radiating from. Only an hour earlier it finished raining after a wet and cold winter day, leaving the trees and ground around me soaking wet with water.

Milky Way Silhouettes

Milky Way Silhouettes

Milky Way Silhouettes

Here is a second photograph from last night, same location as the previous Farming Stars. I really enjoyed this brief 30 minutes photo session, which ended up quite productive. Sometimes you can spend a whole weekend taking astrophoto’s and not end up with much pleasing from it, where as other times you spent 30 minutes out and come home with a swag of photographs.

This photograph features the Milky Way high in the eastern sky and the sharp contrast of silhouetted dead tree in the foreground. The bright and colourful Milky Way is matched on the landscape with soft greens of the green paddock. Fence lines extend across the paddock.

The bright star Antares (yellow/orange in colour) is at the top of the frame and is part of the tail of Scorpio which is one of the constellations visible in this photograph.