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Twilight Reflections at Karalee – Orion, Moon, Jupiter

Twilight Reflections - Constellation of Orion with Moon and Jupiter.

Twilight Reflections – Constellation of Orion with Moon and Jupiter.

I find that it can be tricky getting reflections of stars/night sky in water, and making a nice photograph of it. Nightscape Astrophotography ordinarily requires a very wide field of view and when you need to divide that field of view between the sky and ground enough to fit in the reflections the task gets all the more tricky, and then there is the question of appealing composition. If you can overcome the framing to make it look nice then you need still conditions for the stars to reflect strong enough that they are sufficiently detected in the image.

Here I am at a shallow rock pool on Karalee Rocks which makes the situation easier by having the water so close and surrounding landscape so low. Orion the constellation as well as its star Betelgeuse, the nearby star Procyon, the Moon and Jupiter are all reflecting nicely. Sunset colours of pink hue’s paint the sky nicely.

Ironically it’s not the reflections which I like the most about this photograph, it’s the colour of the sky, the wispy cloud across the sky, and the combination of celestial objects which I find most appealing. I was tempted to crop the water off!

Below is a photograph illustrating the celestial objects referred to in the photograph:

Twilight Reflections - Constellation of Orion with Moon and Jupiter. (labelled)

Twilight Reflections – Constellation of Orion with Moon and Jupiter. (labelled)

Summit

Karalee Summit Milky Way

Karalee Summit Milky Way

Possibly one of the flattest summits you might find, the top of Karalee Rocks appears more like a plateau when you finally reach it! The summit is a good 20 minute walk from the camp site and when you’ve been going to the summit via interesting photographic stops it easily becomes a 3 hour hike over uneven rocks.

Here the summit Cairn can be seen in the centre of the image with its tall pole pointing towards the Milky Way and stars which are overhead. Visible in the Milky Way is the central region of the Milky Way bulge including Sagittarius, Corona Australis, Serpens Cauda and Scutum constellations. Scorpius is partially visible at the top of frame.

The red dirt of the Goldfields region of outback Western Australia is visible in the foreground along with hardy plants of the rocky outcrops.

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