A 100 degree, wide field of view image of an iconic Pandanus tree at Tea Tree Bay in Noosa National Park, Queensland. The single photo was taken at 20:23 on 29/9/2014.
The 30-second exposure facing WNW, allowed the Pandanus and rocky headland to be illuminated by the small moon, which beams across the ocean. Below the moon the lights of Noosa warm the sky and the Double Island Point lighthouse is on the horizon on the right. The brightest portion of the Milky Way extends across the sky. 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.