– Milky Way on Show –


A few weeks ago I headed out to this lighthouse with fellow photographer Shawn Haywood, his wife Melanie and daughter Zoe.
No moon meant great conditons for shooting the Milky Way, but unfortunately I didnt come to prepared and I shot with a slow lens at f4.0.
Next time I wont make the mistake of leaving my faster at home.
Having not scouted the area previous to this visit, I was a little unsure about wandering to far from the path as cliff straight down the ocean were all around.
So I decided a time-lapse of Shawn and his family enjoying a night out under the stars.
This photo was one I took just before I started the time-lapse.

Milky way over the Pinnacles

Last night I visited the Pinnacles near Cervantes to capture the annual Geminid meteor shower. It was the first time for me to try and capture this amazing event, and it surely didn’t disappoint. The first visible meteors were visible from about 9pm, and were fairly infrequent. Though at around 1130pm-12am they really did start firing up right into the morning. A few large fireball meteors as well as countless others were visible. A truly incredible event that has certainly got me hooked and ignited a interest in astronomical photography.
Thanks to Grahame for your guidance and knowledge last night. I hope we can do it more often. Thanks mate.

This particular photo was taken at the break of dawn. The milky way was just spectacular and I did copy a shot Grahame got, but it was too good to miss.


A composite of images showing a few of the brighter Geminids that graced the skies.




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Bells Rapids

After many years of failed attempts to get here, I was finally able to. Today I headed to there to photography the Milky Way with fellow photographer and night sky enthusiast Julie. We planned to meet just after nightfall, but as I had arrived a touch earlier then expected I wandered around and scouted the area. The rapids today were not flowing anywhere near full strength but I could see the definite potential for some fairly gnarly shoots are runs through them when they are flowing stronger after some decent winter rains. The rapids are part of the famous Avon Decent that is an annual watercraft event held in Perth. The course starts in Northam making its way all along the Avon and Swan Rivers into Perth. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the event.
Even if you are not part of the event you can get a great view of competitors as the pass through Bells Rapids from the banks or even from the wooden bridge that crosses directly over them.

Canon 5d Mark II
24-105mm f4.0L IS USM + Lee Soft Grad ND Filters
A: f9.0
T: 1s
ISO: 50

Milky Way