A 100 degree, wide field of view image of the iconic Bird Rock, cliffs and reef at Jan Juc, Victoria.
The single photo was taken at 20:12 on 15/8/2014 looking to the south. A 30-second exposure allowed the foreground, cliffs and Bird Rock to be illuminated by the light from the Jan Juc Surf Club further along the beach. The low tide allowed for me to shoot from an area on the exposed reef over the still water trapped near the rock, allowing stars to be reflected in the water. The lookout can be seen on top of the cliffs. The pointers are the 2 bright stars high in the centre. They lead below to the Southern Cross (Crux) with the dark region of the coal sack in between. Below Crux the pink of Eta Carinae nebulae can be picked out with the spectacular pendant star cluster of blue stars to its left. The wispy clouds add some warmth to the sky. The two ‘smudges’ near the cloud on the left edge of the image are our neighbouring galaxies, the Magellanic Cloud’s. The Small Magellanic Cloud is just above the cloud. The Large Magellanic Cloud is just to the right of the cloud.
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