I love the South West Coast of Victoria, it is the area I grew up in. Winter weather being extremely volatile along this rugged coast makes it all the more rewarding when you you are fortunate enough to get a window of clear sky. I Managed to get a single clear day in a week while staying with family which just happened to coincide with a new moon. I headed to one of my favourite dark sky spots in the area to see what I could capture, using very low level constant lighting on the beautiful sandstone cliffs in the foreground. Unfortunately I arrived about an hour after I had intended and was only about an hour into the session when a very thick sea fog rolled in and completely drowned out all visibility of the sky.
Following on from my last post, this is a short edit showcasing my day of scouting followed by a night of shooting under a 62% moonlit sky. No surprises the stars were massively washed out, however the trade off being the rugged sandstone coast I was on was brilliantly illuminated. Spending so much time out under the stars where the moon is completely absent, so dark that even with night adjusted eyes you can’t see your hand in front of your face , it was really a pleasant change. Anyway, hope you enjoy this clip of a very special part of Australia’s coastline.
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.Continue reading “Lighting the path”