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I am a Perthling.

I come in peace.

All I want is for you to see the Night Sky.

Many Earthlings live their lives without e...
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I am a Perthling.

I come in peace.

All I want is for you to see the Night Sky.

Many Earthlings live their lives without ever seeing the Milky Way. Light pollution from major cities spread hundreds of kilometers, engulfing the stars, galaxies and other celestial objects.

I am blessed to be living in Perth, Western Australia. The most isolated city in Australia, where dark skies are just an hour out of the city and the raw WA landscape gives a real sense of the outback.

On this night, I traveled to the Lancelin Sand Dunes, 2 hours North of Perth, and captured an image that I have been trying for over a year, The Explorer figure coined by Michael Goh.

I'm just happy to finally check it off my to-do list.

Date: 25th June 2016
Time: 8PM
Location: Lancelin Sand Dunes

Camera: Nikon D750
Lens: Sigma 24mm ART
Tripod Mount: Gigapan Epic Pro

Settings:
ISO3200
F2.0
20 sec x 48 frames
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18 Comments |
AshleyGoverman
 
AshleyGoverman August 25, 2016
This is absolutely incredible!!! Your photos are making me want to experiment with night photography.
ASTRORDINARY
ASTRORDINARY August 25, 2016
Thank you Ashley!
gillfry
 
gillfry August 29, 2016
Great shot :D
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ASTRORDINARY August 30, 2016
thank you Gillfry
garimabhaskar
 
garimabhaskar November 16, 2016
Congratulations! :)
Yacoub
 
Yacoub November 17, 2016
wow!
AnjaKW78
 
AnjaKW78 January 22, 2017
You just blew my mind with this photo!
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ASTRORDINARY January 22, 2017
thanks mate :P
Parsons
 
Parsons February 07, 2017
Love it! This is absolutely incredible.
FlyingEagle
 
FlyingEagle February 10, 2017
Extremely awesome. Great job!
beckergriffin
 
beckergriffin February 21, 2017
AMAZING!!! Does "20 sec x 48 frames" mean you took this/parts of this 48 times and layered them all together?
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ASTRORDINARY February 21, 2017
Thank you. :) This image was shot in a 8x6 grid. giving a total of 48 images. Each frame took 20 seconds to capture and were overlapped by about 50% per image. hope this helps :)
rolandbach
 
rolandbach February 23, 2017
really a great shot. well done
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ASTRORDINARY February 23, 2017
thank you :)
ambernokinsky
 
ambernokinsky April 12, 2017
Wow I love this!!
MLundberg1
 
MLundberg1 April 30, 2017
Very cool shot! Well planned! :-)
jonbuck
 
jonbuck May 16, 2017
Reminds me of happy Potter
nickheinimann
 
nickheinimann June 09, 2017
Surely that cant be real ?
marcinszymanski
 
marcinszymanski July 07, 2017
Amazing picture!
galemartineau PRO+
 
galemartineau July 20, 2017
Beautiful
ldiokepa
 
ldiokepa September 11, 2017
Awesome!
Cashman
 
Cashman October 18, 2017
Great shot (I'm also from Perth!)
lindacrump
 
lindacrump February 08, 2019
That’s amazing. Love the 4wd tracks, some of the best places in WA need one to get to.
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Behind The Lens

Location

Lancelin Sand Dunes, Western Australia

Time

7:45pm

Lighting

I used a Yongnuo Speedlight with a Gary Fong Lightsphere to achieve this effect.

Equipment

Nikon D750 DSLR Sigma 24mm ART lens Gigapan Epic Pro panorama mount

Inspiration

Several years ago, I came across a photo titled "Distant Lands" by Michael Goh. I showed a lone figure holding a small light, standing under the stars. I have been wanting to create a similar photograph ever since.

Editing

The raw files were imported into lightroom and had the lens correction profiles applied. White balance was corrected and the images were exported at 16bit TIFF files and stitched in Autopano Giga. The stitched file is then imported into Lightroom where the final post processing was done.

In my camera bag

Gigapan Epic Pro Sigma 20mm ART Samyang 14mm f2.8 Monoprice Carbon Fiber XL tripod Nikon D750 DSLR

Feedback

It took me many attempts to finally capture a self portrait milky way panorama. And the method that I use is different from person who came up with this concept. Just try and find what suits you best. The final image is what everyone sees.

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