Geminids under a Bortle one sky

Has been too long since I spent any significant time under the stars, so when I saw that the peak of the Geminids meteor shower coincided with a day off I was pretty excited. I did a bunch of scouting and planning in the days leading up, ultimately choosing to head north for the dark skies as the Geminids radiant was forecast at just 22 degrees above the horizon at my location. It was so good getting under some really seriously dark skies and an amazing experience to see this cosmic fireworks in display. I initially thought I might get some sleep, but nope, they meteors were firing almost all night and had me completely captured.

Lunar Illumination

Recently spent some time in Beechworth in North Western Victoria following the lifting of our second COVID-19 induced lock down. Not an ideal time of the lunar cycle for Milky Way photography with the moon at its brightest, however having so few opportunities to get out this year and being in a new place, I made the most of it anyway. Probably worked out for the best anyway as the illumination provided by the near full moon meant navigating my way around unfamiliar ground much easier. Would love to get back during a new moon during Milky Way season, some really spectacular foreground compositions to be found in this region.

Moonlight Bay

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.