margaret river, western australia

by Christine Piper August. 05, 2012 8306 views

Barramundi lunch at Knee Deep winery.

Blossom-hungry bee at Merribrook Retreat.

The grounds of Merribrook Retreat in the afternoon light.

Lake at Merribrook Retreat.

Half moon evening landscape in the “kangaroo paddock” at Merribrook Retreat.

Star trail fail. 50mm f3.2 ISO 100 / 4 mins 30 seconds

I brought my tripod all the way to Western Australia so I could take some star trail shots. After putting off plans for night photography twice due to cloudy skies, on the third attempt the conditions were almost perfect (aside from a bright half moon in the sky, as seen in the shot two above).
It was only after painstakingly setting up my tripod so that my camera pointed to the south pole that I realised the remote shutter release I'd brought with me wasn't compatible with my new camera. Derr. The only alternative I knew of was take a multiple exposure image – nine shots of 30 seconds each (the maximum on my camera). Not long enough to show a decent trail (see photo above). Given the short exposure time, it would have been more effective if I was pointed away from the south pole, so the length of the star trails would have been longer. Live and learn.
I also tried to hold the shutter button with my finger for as long as possible – I actually made it to 10 minutes (couldn't feel my finger at the end of it) – but the resulting image was very blurry as I must've slightly moved the camera while pressing.

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Skydreamer 9 years, 1 month ago

nice shot;0

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