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The Milky Way in remote WA
Lens: Sigma 18-125 DC HSM Camera: K-70 ISO: 3200 Shutter Speed: Above 6s Aperture: F4.5 
Posted By: ranmar850, 07-31-2017, 02:00 AM

I've been camping more or less of the grid for the last month, out on the coast south of Exmouth, WA, on Ningaloo station. The MIlky Way is always good here in winter. Taken from thee beach looking out over our camp.


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Impressive detail! How'd you light up the foreground?

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Thanks, Adam. I had a cheap LED headlight which also switches to red for night vision. During the 20 seconds of exposure I simply panned across the foreground with it. On my first attempt, I panned both ways, but it was very over-exposed, so one pass was enough. It was my first attempt at "light painting" --I was inspired by a shot my niece took of a lighthouse, her friends pointed their headlamps at the structure and she composed for the Milky Way in the background, very impressive result.
I'm very new to star shots, have only been trying them this year. My lens, a Sigma 18-125mm DC HSM, is very versatile, and generally gives a good result, but MW shots show the limitations. You really need a 12-14mm prime. I'm sure I have an old 14mm Pentax around, just can't lay my hands on it.
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QuoteOriginally posted by ranmar850 Quote
I've been camping more or less of the grid for the last month, out on the coast south of Exmouth, WA, on Ningaloo station. The MIlky Way is always good here in winter. Taken from thee beach looking out over our camp.
This is a wow!

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QuoteOriginally posted by ranmar850 Quote
I've been camping more or less of the grid for the last month, out on the coast south of Exmouth, WA, on Ningaloo station. The MIlky Way is always good here in winter. Taken from thee beach looking out over our camp.
great shot! I really like that you got come foreground in there to bring the scale into perspective! well done
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Well done! Love Milky Way pics!
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That red light you panned for the foreground. Perfect color balance trick for the overall photo. Love it!

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Thanks. This was from our annual last year--I have just posted this years effort in this thread
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