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.

Pushing the image

As someone who really got into landscape astrophotography from doing time lapse sequences, one thing that has been a constant challenge is getting just the right amount of light on the foreground subject in a short exposure to capture sufficient detail. Too much light and you risk blowing the highlights or having a foreground subject that dominates the composition and looks out of place, not enough light and detail recovery can look muddy and over sharpened. Luckily time lapse sequences are somewhat forgiving here as a single image is only displayed for a fraction of a second. What if you want to take some of these frames and edit them for still photography though? Can you push the image of these single short exposures to a satisfactory level for print?

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