Lighting the path

Spent the Christmas 2019 break on the south coast of Victoria and took the opportunity to shoot the local light house. Coastline here is pretty rugged with plenty of loose rocks, dips and crevasses to really do a number on your ankle. Then there is always the very heavy surf and tide to be thinking of. Really just highlighted for me the importance of scouting your intended location for shooting astro in the daylight hours so you can get the lay of the land to plan your compositions safely.

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Shooting in the dark

Went out on my first real shoot for 2020 last night. My wife was the one who suggested it, as unnoticed by me, the sky had cleared progressively during the evening. The Clear Outside app was showing zero cloud cover though to almost sunrise, I finally snapped out of it and started thinking of what I could shoot. I had just gotten warranty replacements (that is another topic) for a new 80cm motorised slider and a MSM rotator and was keen to give them a go. To give some context, the Australian night skies have been seriously tainted by the smoke coming from the unprecedented brushfires we’ve experienced since Spring, so going out shooting hasn’t exactly been at the forefront of my mind. Never the less this story quickly diverts into a series of setbacks that had me waste a huge amount of time.

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2019 Milky Way Season in time lapse

The 2019 Milky Way season was the first in which I made a consistent effort to get myself out and shooting, in particular of time lapse sequences. This video is a series of all my 2019 time lapse sequences that I felt “worked” sufficiently to put together in a single video. Most of these sequences where shot using a Sony A7s using a Sigma 20mm f1.4 with the mosaic shots being shot with a Panasonic GH5 using a combination of Laowa 7.5mm f2 and Sigma 16mm f1.4. Hopefully you enjoy the video, would love to hear your feedback and do my best to answer any questions you might have.