Star trails

Boulia shire, way, way out in western Queensland has a tourist motto :
wide open horizons, magical night skies

night skies, outback Queensland

night skies, outback Queensland


For once, it’s not an exaggeration.
As Banjo Paterson wrote in “Clancy of The Overflow”:
And he sees the vision splendid of the sunlit plains extended,
And at night the wond’rous glory of the everlasting stars.

Banjo Paterson spent a lot of time in this area, Waltzing Matilda was of course written by him after a visit to nearby Dagworth Station, so he knew what he was talking about when he wrote “Clancy”.
startrail-2
Richard and Soph from morgansafari asked me about the settings for night exposures, so the technical stuff :
photo 1 35 minutes at f/4.5, ISO 320
photo 2 27 minutes at f/6.3, ISO 640
Both taken at 18mm, second photo cleaned up with Topez denoise because of the higher ISO.

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About Mike

A recently retired "Baby Boomer" , looking forward to having more time for my photography and travel.
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One Response to Star trails

  1. Forrest says:

    I love the way your photos (especially the first one) form bigger and bigger circles around the pole star. Also, the different colors of the trails are fantastic!

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