Quick video displaying the sort of things I look to utilise as foreground objects in my astrophotography while discussing the importance of visiting locations during the day to get a good lay of the land. Scoutdays have become a vital part of the planning aspect of my work flow. How do you go about planning your locations and compositions?

Supermoon swing and a miss

You’d think that after spending a few years now pursuing this genre of photography that I’d have my approach fairly well sorted out. Alas no, as I found out this week as I endeavoured to capture my first supermoon. I took the usual precautions of scouting potential foreground targets, using the enormously useful Photo Pills app to align my composition around the trajectory of the moon and finally of course locking in the time I’d actually make my shots. Despite all this, for the most part it was a swing and a miss.

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Starlink Photobomb

After what seemed like an eternity, I was lucky enough to have two full clear nights over the weekend for the new moon. An opportunity I was looking to fully make use of. I had two great nights under the stars in a total of three different locations to watch the Milky Way rise in the East in the wee hours of the morning. Upon a quick scan of the photos I saw the regular plane trails which I generally like to leave in as it gives a sense of scale against our galaxy, besides they are usually out of frame quickly enough. It wasn’t until a few days later when looking at the longer exposure shots of my Panasonic GX85 (a camera not renowned for it’s low light capability) that I noticed something significantly more. I wasn’t too worried about the images from my GX85 as that was only for something to do, so I quickly checked the images from my Sony A7R which I had setup on a slider. Sure enough, of the 325 images I shot on my main camera that night, 65 of them had been photobombed by Starlink.

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