Astro Scouting: Love of the landscape

With the last year being what it was, it has been some time since I managed to get a solid chunk of time to get out and do any location scouting for future shoots. Almost felt a bit foreign to be out amongst it again when that chance did come around again. Headed out to one of my favourite parks here in Central Victoria and decided to explore the “easy” side as previously I had always sought out the road least travelled. The rock formations I found were nothing short of amazing, it didn’t take long for that feeling of adventure and discovery to return.

Scoutdays

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?

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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