Moon Glow

Had a near perfect alignment of the rising moon and the cathedral in the town where I live a few weeks ago and took my cameras out to a high point to see what I could capture. Had both my Panasonic GX85 with the Olympus 75-300mm @ 187mm (or 374mm Full Frame equivalent) and an Sony a7R with a Samyang 135mm set up using their internal intervalometer functions to capture the rise of the moon, and then again as I repositioned to get the moon transitioning behind the steeple of an old school building. I also had my Sony a7S III with me, so while these shots where being taken I took the opportunity to test a Picture Profile I had setup in my a7S III for use with low light video. Think it might be ok for urban environments, verdict is still out for use when away from all sources of ambient light. Anyway, not much in the way of a plan with this video, was quite happy with the way it came together.

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.