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The Wanderer



Canon 6d Tamron 15-30mm F2.8 at F3.2 15mm ISO 6400 25s. Single image - no compositing or exposure blending and not even my usual panorama. Used off camera flas...
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Canon 6d Tamron 15-30mm F2.8 at F3.2 15mm ISO 6400 25s. Single image - no compositing or exposure blending and not even my usual panorama. Used off camera flash about 20-30m to the right to bring out the dune textures.
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18 Comments | Report
Cairnphoto
 
Cairnphoto July 11, 2016
Just amazing!
Astrophotobear
Astrophotobear July 19, 2016
thanks muchly
JZeppelina PRO+
 
JZeppelina July 18, 2016
Awesome work, beyond words!
Astrophotobear
Astrophotobear July 19, 2016
thanks muchly
Alidowd
 
Alidowd July 18, 2016
Superb
Astrophotobear
Astrophotobear July 19, 2016
thanks muchly
jansiepotgieter
 
jansiepotgieter July 27, 2016
Amazing, beautiful
katiehackney
 
katiehackney September 11, 2016
This is so incredible.
cameraman161
 
cameraman161 September 13, 2016
WOW. 'Nuff said.
avikgenxt
 
avikgenxt September 15, 2016
WOW!! how much power did you use on the flash. This is awesome
Astrophotobear
Astrophotobear September 17, 2016
Hi - flash power will vary - I note that I had 2 flashes in this one. I think the side light was about 1/32 and the hand held might have been 1/64 (with a gel) - can't quite remember. Just balancing between the exposure settings then natural lightness of the environment and with the side flash - the inverse law with the flash drop off - to ensure evenly lit
fredcox
 
fredcox October 28, 2016
Cool
sayitloudbyek
 
sayitloudbyek November 17, 2016
magnificent
mgenkova
 
mgenkova November 18, 2016
Amazing!
mgenkova
 
mgenkova November 25, 2016
Amazing!
Tberry91
 
Tberry91 December 13, 2016
This is the most amazing picture I have ever seen
JRosewarne PRO
 
JRosewarne February 25, 2017
Awesome shot, love it
3192_6091
 
3192_6091 March 28, 2017
Amazing
martinson-crusoe
 
martinson-crusoe June 28, 2017
I wish i will have the same level of Jedi-Power like you one day!!!! Ive seen a lot of milkyway shots bust this is the best ive seen so far
Alfredo_Jose PRO
 
Alfredo_Jose October 31, 2017
Stunning gallery! Magnificent work!
6798_7587
 
6798_7587 February 25, 2018
Awesome
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RiViCo April 02, 2018
Winning shot

Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken at Nambung National Park in Western Australia - around 200km north of Perth. I had been to the location recently, but had arrived when it was dark - this was an opportunity to scout when it was light for a better composition.
Time
The photo was taken around 7:30pm. I scouted the dunes while it was still light and used a handheld gps to note down spots of interest. I used photopills app to help with the augmented view to see where and when the milkyway would be in this position.
Lighting
Using 2 speedlites. The exposure is set for the ambient light for the dunes and also the milkyway. I've used 2 wireless speedlites - one about 20-30m to the right as a bare flash to bring out the textures of the dunes and I'm holding another speedlite in a gary fong lightsphere for my self portrait.
Equipment
Canon 6d, tamron 15-30mm, fiesol tripod, wireless trigger, 2 speedlites and a gary fong lightsphere with gels.
Inspiration
Another in my "wanderer" series of self portrait images - of myself exploring locations primarily with the milkyway. I've been meaning to shoot at the dunes now for several years, but have often gone to other locations instead.
Editing
Post processing is primarily curves, colour balancing, masking and noise control. In this image - I've also done some minor star reduction to bring out the milkyway dust lanes. Curves bring out the contrast, colour balancing is to match what I feel the milkyway is - plus it's slightly different with the foreground with the flash lighting.
In my camera bag
Canon 6d, tamron 15-30 2.8, tamron 24-70 2.8, tamron 70-200 2.8, fiesol tripod, wireless trigger, 2 speedlites with wireless trigger, gels, gps, headlamp, torch, skywatcher star adventurer.
Feedback
For the milkway - plan. It's very predictable where it is for composition purposes. Safety always comes first - so be mindful of night shooting conditions and fatigue. Push the camera and try different settings to work out where you and your camera can go - don't always go for a formula. Formulas are fine to start off with, but tend to result in not growing as a photographer. Watch what your interest points are in the image - for landscape astrophotography, an interesting foreground is important.

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