Had a rare opportunity to photograph the milky way the other night, I was walking down the beach with my kids and I realised that the sky was clearing and the opportunity to photograph the milky way was on. I hurriedly went home with my kids and grabbed my gear and a quick bite to eat and headed to a part of the coast that I had been scoping out.
We managed to get there about 15 minutes later than I would have liked to and missed the opportunity to get the coastline lit up by a setting sun which I could have used to blend into a finished shot, Still we were there and my kids were pumped to be having an adventure with dad. I used an app called photo pills to work out where the milky way would be in around 1hrs time and set up my gear to get the composition that I liked and waited. I took a series of shots as the sky darkened and took the opportunity to look for satellites. I’m reasonably happy and surprised with the results. In the end I didn’t have to use compositing of multiple images to get the results I was looking for.
Here’s a few learnings from the trip
- Plan and leave earlier
- Boy it gets cold(early spring here on the Mornington peninsula) gloves a must and blankets for the kids I reckon our noses took an hour to thaw out.
- Don’t make the youngest child responsible for the torch,yes I should have know better
Still we had some fun and below are the results
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