A 100 degree, wide field of view image of the Milky Way stretching majestically from the steps at the Winkipop end of Bells Beach, Victoria. The single photo was taken at 19:05 on 3/8/2014 looking to the northeast from part way up the cliffs at Bells. A quarter moon in the west illuminates the steps and foreground brightly. The surf has swirled and smoothed out over the 20 seconds exposure creating an unusual sense of calm for a spot that is so well known for its waves.
The image showcases the steps leading to the Milky Way. There is a small amount of wispy cirrus clouds in the picture and these seem to join the Milky Way to the steps.
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 20 sec exposure, ISO3200, F2.8.
Canon 6D. Nikon 14-24mm at 14mm. Standard tripod. Shutter release.
Adobe Lightroom 5. Topaz Denoise.