A few years ago I came across an image on Facebook by a local photographer, Jordan of @ . It was a panoramic shot of Moke lake with the milky way in a high arc over the mountains. The image blew me away, I'd never seen anything like it before and after seeing more of his work, and discovering other astro images like it I really wanted to be able to make images like that myself. We had a family camera, a Nikon D5200, which was purchased before the birth of my daughter but I didn't really know how to use it. So the journey began, first to learn how to use the camera then how to take these amazing astro shots.
I remember the first star trail I went out to capture still not fully sure what I needed to do. I set the camera to bulb and opened the shutter for 40 minutes having no idea the in camera noise reduction would take another 40 minutes to produce an image on the camera's display. I honestly thought I'd broken the camera.
So now a few years later after lots of trail, error, fails and successes I'm able to recreate, as kind of a tribute is suppose, the composition that Undersoul Photography inspired me with and sent me on this amazing journey of discovery and learning. I think I've done the composition justice and feel immensely proud to be able share this image with you today.
If you've read this far into my little story I thank you and would love to if you've been inspired in a similar way. My passion for astrophotography is so strong now I look forward to seeing where it gets to in another few years.
To create this image I've stitched 3 rows of 10 images adding another 10 at a much longer exposure with lower iso for a cleaner foreground.
Sky iso6400, 20 second exposures.
Foreground iso2000, 120 second exposures.