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Take a drive around Western Australia and you would see ancient desert landscapes along with some of the best skies in the world.

The Pinnacles Dr...
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Take a drive around Western Australia and you would see ancient desert landscapes along with some of the best skies in the world.

The Pinnacles Drive is a popular attraction for tourist and photographers alike. Located 250km north of Perth city, Nambung National Park is free from any major light pollution, making it an ideal location for astrophotography.

During the winter of 2016, I drove to the Pinnacles Drive wanting to capture a panorama of my Suzuki Jimny under the Milky Way.

Besides astrophotography, I am very much a car enthusiast. So this is a very satisfying photo for me.
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5 Comments |
Barbieriphotography
 
Barbieriphotography October 20, 2017
Amazing shot! Congrats!
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ASTRORDINARY October 20, 2017
Thank you :)
johnboywalton196 Premium
 
johnboywalton196 November 03, 2017
Absolutely superb Milky Way arch. A jaw dropping image, well captured.
TheTravellingPhotographer
 
TheTravellingPhotographer April 19, 2018
Stunning!!
lianakirichenko
 
lianakirichenko July 08, 2018
impressively...
RickL PRO+
 
RickL April 26, 2020
Exceptional way to photography
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Behind The Lens

Location

This image was taken at the "Pinnacles" in Nambung National Park, 250 kilometers north of Perth City, Western Australia.

Time

Taken at 8:43PM on the 1st of July, 2016.

Lighting

In this case, lack of lighting. We're dealing with starlight in this image. In a dark location, far away from the city lights, the stars shine bright enough to illuminate the foreground. Long exposures were used in this image, 25 seconds to be exact. Just enough time to capture a sharp image of the Milky Way without getting any noticeable star trailing. This image is a panorama consisting of a total of 80 images.

Equipment

Nikon D750 Sigma 24mm ART Gigapan Epic Pro panoramic head Monoprice XL Carbon Fiber Tripod No additional lighting.

Inspiration

I've always been a car enthusiast and wanted to capture my little Suzuki Jimny under the stars to give a real sense of adventure and over-landing.

Editing

As with any Milky Way panorama, a lot of post processing is needed to stitch the images together and bring out the colours of the Milky Way. The process is long and tedious and I find it easiest to describe it in a video. This is my actual Panorama Processing Workflow from start to end: https://youtu.be/uhq14IiacPI Now you can do the same too!

In my camera bag

DSLR and Lens Tripod and Panoramic head Water bottle Compass

Feedback

There are few things left in this world that are free for all to enjoy. The night sky is one of them. Take a break from your busy lives, go for a drive away from the city and enjoy the view of the Milky Way. You might find something more than an incredible view of the stars, you just might find yourself. Astrophotography can be achieved with modest equipment. Any DSLR with a wide angle lens and tripod can achieve decent results. When dealing with ultra wide panoramas, the limitations of a modest camera are significantly minimized due to the multiple frames one would be working with. Stitching together large number of frames will results in a significant reduction of noise. Set your camera to manual focus and use LiveView to zoom in on a bright star and manually rock the focus back and forth until the star becomes as sharp as possible. Set your aperture to it's widest ratio and keep the shutter open for 15 seconds or more. Give high ISOs a try. Modern cameras are surprising good at handling high ISOs. And always shoot in RAW.

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