The single photo was taken at 19:03 on 3/8/2014 looking to the northeast from the beach with the occasional wave surging around my feet and the tripod. A quarter moon in the west illuminates the 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.
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