Finally made it out again after taking a big chunk of time off over the new year break to get some much needed R&R. Headed out here to the lovely town of Maldon to try and capture the Beehive Chimney stack as my foreground subject to the Orion constellation composition as well as testing out some new gear, the Moza Slypod Pro. Results weren’t exactly what I had in my minds eye, but still just so great to get out under the stars again.
With all the lock downs and the wetter than usual weather patterns due to La Niña, I feel like the 2021 Milky Way core season has barely got here and find myself scrambling to find time and clear sky in the last few weeks before it disappears from view until the new year. It’s not about quantity though, it is about quality, and I feel I managed to a couple of really great nights out to see out the season. Will be looking for different targets over the summer months, but am already looking forward to the Milky Way core returning to the eastern skies in the wee hours of the morning in late January.
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.