Ocean Skies

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.

Creating Motion Timelapse Overview

There is something magical about adding motion to timelapse sequences, even more so for a nightscape timelapse sequence. How is this motion added though? In this video I take a high level look at the tools I use in my work flows to produce motion in my timelapse sequences. This is the first part in what will become a multi part series on the various devices as well as “hacks” and post processing techniques.

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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