The 30-second exposure allowed the foreground to be illuminated by the small moon, low in the west beaming across the ocean. Below the moon the lights of Noosa warm the sky. The brightest portion of the Milky Way extends from an iconic Pandanus tree above the beautiful beach and glistening black stones in the moonlight. The colours and dark lanes of the Milky Way are truly amazing and it’s a pity we can’t see them with our own eyes.
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.