A 100-degree tall, wide field of view image of the iconic Bird Rock, Jan Juc beach and surrounding cliffs. The low tide has exposed rocks and pools and allowed access to an area regularly pounded by waves. The brightest portion of our Milky Way Galaxy in the region of Scorpius stretches high above.
The single 30-second photo was taken at 19:51 on 15/8/2014 looking to the northeast. The light on the Jan Juc Surf Club up the beach illuminates the rock from behind.
I used a red LED light for around 3 seconds during the exposure to draw the observer’s eye to the camera and photographer.
I always aim to balance the exposure and gentle processing to try to maintain the relative brightness of stars and their natural colours rather than oversaturating the Milky Way, which can look unnatural.
A single 30-sec exposure, ISO3200, F2.8.
Canon 6D. Nikon 14-24mm at 14mm. Standard tripod. Shutter release.
Adobe Lightroom 5. Topaz Denoise.