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Panorama image of 32 images @ 15mm F2.8 ISO 6300 30s using a Canon 6d and Tamron 15-30mm.

Imaging at Lake Dumbleyung Salt Lake in Western Australi...
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Panorama image of 32 images @ 15mm F2.8 ISO 6300 30s using a Canon 6d and Tamron 15-30mm.

Imaging at Lake Dumbleyung Salt Lake in Western Australia. The water is only a few inches deep, so can walk onto the lake. Wanting to emphasise scale of the milky way in this image with the star reflections. So stood a bit further back and used my flash with a CTO gel.
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31 Comments | Report
Chez67
 
Chez67 September 15, 2015
Just love this shot! Awesome!
qwstarplayer
 
qwstarplayer October 09, 2015
omg you are awesome.
mron
 
mron October 10, 2015
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique. Let's get better together!
mron
 
mron October 10, 2015
Write a comment
olmosfamily PRO+
 
olmosfamily October 11, 2015
Wow!!!
Astrophotobear
Astrophotobear October 11, 2015
thanks muchly
Andrewdsmit
 
Andrewdsmit October 20, 2015
This is insane. Love your website as well. Some seriously awesome shots there. Very nicely done.
Astrophotobear
Astrophotobear October 20, 2015
thanks muchly - been so busy to update the website :( but I'm also doing youtube videos now
joycealicesmith
 
joycealicesmith October 20, 2015
Gorgeous! Congratulations on your Peoples Choice win!
Astrophotobear
Astrophotobear October 20, 2015
thanks muchly - is very much an honour :)
derekpdundon
 
derekpdundon October 20, 2015
One word, shamazing.
Astrophotobear
Astrophotobear October 21, 2015
thanks muchly Derek
JPatterson
 
JPatterson October 24, 2015
Totally impressive !
Astrophotobear
Astrophotobear October 24, 2015
thanks muchly :)
adavies
 
adavies October 28, 2015
Love this! Congrats!
Astrophotobear
Astrophotobear October 29, 2015
thanks muchly - what am I being congratulated for? ;) I've been so busy recently
TheHatHook
 
TheHatHook October 31, 2015
Absolutely amazing photo. I have tried doing this a couple times. Thanks for the inspiration. I will be trying more now.
Astrophotobear
Astrophotobear October 31, 2015
thanks muchly :) - wishing you the best for astrophotography
huudinhnguyen
 
huudinhnguyen November 01, 2015
Awesome !
Astrophotobear
Astrophotobear November 01, 2015
thanks muchly :)
Ronbo
 
Ronbo November 01, 2015
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique. Let's get better together!
KyleErnst
 
KyleErnst November 05, 2015
Breathtaking...
Astrophotobear
Astrophotobear November 06, 2015
thanks muchly :)
nandicmb PRO+
 
nandicmb November 06, 2015
Congratulations on all your wins!
Astrophotobear
Astrophotobear November 06, 2015
thanks muchly :D
ntgreen
 
ntgreen December 13, 2015
Absolutely outstanding ... can't say anything else ... this just leaves me speechless!
Astrophotobear
Astrophotobear December 22, 2015
thanks muchly :) just got back from overseas so didn't see your post
michelefornaciari
 
michelefornaciari January 06, 2016
just amazing
Astrophotobear
Astrophotobear January 08, 2016
thanks :)
mrpayner
 
mrpayner March 23, 2016
Inspirational! Absolutely stunning mate. Looks like I have to practice on my own skill!
MOHIUDDIN-HASAN
 
MOHIUDDIN-HASAN March 24, 2016
awesome
lyoung403b
 
lyoung403b April 14, 2016
What amazing creativity, talent and skill demonstrated here????
marisazimmerman
 
marisazimmerman June 21, 2016
This is so AMAZING!
The_Dreamcatcher Platinum
 
The_Dreamcatcher January 13, 2017
REALLY a great picture !!!
Kelsa
 
Kelsa May 04, 2017
So beautiful! Well done!
milanbarta
 
milanbarta May 30, 2017
Woooow
sumeetsawarkar
 
sumeetsawarkar March 21, 2018
Marvelous Shot. Very well done
JB11
 
JB11 April 29, 2018
Awesome
IreneNo Ultimate
 
IreneNo December 14, 2018
Creativity at its best.
narahnarah
 
narahnarah January 13, 2019
great work, amazing creativity, well done!!
tmlakshmi PRO
 
tmlakshmi March 01, 2021
congrats. awesome
joannehammett PRO+
 
joannehammett March 03, 2021
This is beautiful. You have some amazing photos.
brucedavisphoto Ultimate
 
brucedavisphoto March 04, 2021
Awesome shot. Congrats on your win
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Behind The Lens

Location
The photo was taken at a salt lake - Lake Dumbleyung in Western Australia. Lake Dumbleyung is around 280km away from Perth, the capital of Western Australia. Salt lakes change a lot throughout the year, sometimes having a layer of water and sometimes having pressure ridges from drying salt. We have magnificent skies for astrophotography with low light pollution in many areas.
Time
The photo was taken on the 11th July around 7:30pm. Winter is often good for astrophotography due to cool weather being good on the sensor and making the sky clearer. I had been waiting for reasonably clear skies and most importantly still air to allow for star reflections to come off the lake. The lake is only a few inches deep, so allows me to walk on the hardened salt surface beneath to make it appear that I am standing in the stars.
Lighting
I've used exposure settings to expose enough to try and bring out some more of the star reflections in the water. Reflections off the water will tend to lose light, so I've wanted to capture as much as possible. The lighting for the self portrait is something I developed for what I've called my "wanderer" series - which has me holding a speedlite with a gary fong with a CTO gel to create an orange glow around me. The idea for the lighting is that the gary fong allows the light to spread around me. It's more or less inspired by movies and an old dungeons and dragons sort of history for an exploring character holding aloft a torch when exploring (there's actually a whole other story of how this lighting got started). Depending on the environment, it has helped to create more depth to an image rather than flat star light. My favourite astrophotography lighting is crescent moon light, followed by this form of lighting. Because it's a panorama though and a self portrait - the process of a self portrait is that I only actually need to be in one of the panorama frames, but to ensure that the lighting is consistent for all the other panorama shots - I replace myself with a tripod or light stand to keep the light in the same place.
Equipment
Canon 6d, Tamron 15-30mm lens, 2 tripods, speedlite (with CTO gel), gary fong lightsphere and wireless trigger ... and gumboots ;)
Inspiration
The wanderer series that I have - has myself in self portraits exploring various astrophotography scenes. I've ended up in a few photography magazines with it. I had visualised myself standing in a sea/lake of stars - effectively lost in eternity. This is often what it feels like gazing up at the stars as an astrophotographer - awed by the enormity of it. I deliberately balanced the composition to have myself weighted against the milky way core. For this particular image - I wanted to emphasise scale with the milky way - so for this self portrait stood a further away from the camera, but wanting to maintain some detail in myself within the image. For this particular image - I'd been watching weather forecasts for almost a year - matching the positioning of the milky way with the moon cycle, the cloud cover and the wind speed.
Editing
The image is a panorama made out of 32 images (2 rows) at 15mm F2.8 ISO 6400 30s. The settings for each frame is the same. I've post processed the image in lightroom and photoshop - probably 80-90% of it is just using curves, colour balancing and masking and using topaz denoise to assist with further noise control. The panorama is stitched together using PTGui Pro. I'd love to have brought out the milky way core reflection more - however due to the shallowness of the salt lake (it's white - you can see some of the textures of it underneath the water if you look carefully) and I don't want to artificially put the milky way into the water.
In my camera bag
I use a thinktank streetwalker hard drive - has loads of space, very comfortable and is just the right dimensions to carry onto a plane. Canon 6d (it's a great astrophotography camera for it's noise control), tamron 15-30m f2.8 (this was the first time I used it for an astrophotography shoot - it's great for the sharpness and low coma for astrophotography), 1-2 speedlites with wireless triggers, gary fong lightsphere, rogue flashbender, lee filters, a black piece of cardboard (for black carding), canon 50mm f1.4, tamron 90mm f2.8 macro, canon 70-200mm F4, flash gels, multiple torch lights and headlamps, hand warmers (to help deal with lens fogging), wireless intervelometer, spare batteries, magnetic compass, handheld gps, a bear. Various other items that depend on the trip.
Feedback
Crescent moon lighting is the best for astrophotography as it lights the landscape with directional light. Cool weather helps with keeping the noise down and increases the clarity of the sky. Push your camera to it's limits by finding the right signal to noise ratio for your camera. Don't think your camera isn't good enough - you can take decent images with an entry level DSLR with kit lens. Can even take images with a compact camera if it has full manual controls. Landscape astrophotography images are sometimes easier to shoot than many landscape images because you can tell exactly where the milky way core will be at any time. Don't forget the foreground - if you only pay attention to the milky way - it could have been taken anywhere, it's the foreground that completes the image with the creative composition. Use light - even light pollution to your advantage. Play around with the settings on your camera, don't follow strict rules (such as rule of 500 etc - eveything is just a guideline anyway). I can talk for hours on this subject ;)

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