Night 2018 - IMG_8311
There is nothing quite like being alone in the empty dark landscape under a night filled with stars and the faint glow of the milkyway. The gentle breeze seems to accentuate the loneliness of the dry salt lake as it lies in silent reflection of the dark sea of space above.
Here on Lake Brown / Campion, Western Australia I sent forth my brother with a camera flash out onto the lake whilst I scrambled up a rocky ridge to gain altiude and distance. This way I could capture the expanse of the dry lake and better contrast its emptiness with that of the small, solitary figure that wanders in the middle.
I used an iOptron sky tracking mount to take this 3 x 7 panel mosaic. A Canon EOS6d (modified) was used through a Canon 85mm f/1.2 lens stopped down to f/3.2. All camera and lens settings were kept the same for all panels, and all shots were taken one immediately after the other. The iOptron tracking mount was used for the sky and turned off for the foreground panels. Stitching in PTGui, colour balance and background neutralisation in Pixinsight, noise reduction, saturation and some brightness / contrast adjustment in Photoshop. Details below.
| 2018-04-14 | Lake Brown / Campion, Western Australia | EOS6D modified | Canon 85mm f1.2 | f/3.2 | UV/IR cut-filter | iOptron mount | ISO3200 | 30sec | 21 x panels |