A 100 degree, wide field of view image of Hell’s Gates and Alexandria Bay in the amazing Noosa National Park, Queensland. The single photo was taken at 19:21 on 3/10/2014 facing SSW. I climbed part way down the Hell’s Gates cliffs and had the tripod perched on a small outcrop of rock. The wind was howling up the cliffs from the south, which made the scene even more powerful. The rock face at the bottom of the image is almost straight down.
There was a very bright moon overhead so I dramatically reduced my usual exposure to keep sky brightness down. Small waterfalls can be seen where the water is draining away after a large wave. The ocean has been softened by the 10-second exposure.
I was amazed at the different colours of light from the surrounding townships, which from left to right are Moolooabah, Sunshine Beach and Noosa. The pointers are the two bright stars in the centre of the sky and they point below to the Southern Cross (Crux).
I always aim to balance the exposure and use 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. I have only added minimal saturation to enhance the townships lights with the great majority of the colour coming from the exposure itself.
A single 10-sec exposure, ISO1600, F2.8.
Canon 6D. Nikon 14-24mm at 14mm. Standard tripod. Shutter release.
Adobe Lightroom 5. Topaz Denoise.