This photo tells a bit of a personal story for me... So much of the last six months of my life has been about "I'll be happy when..." — Always focusing on the next big thing in oder to get myself sorted. These days, I'm somewhat shocked to find myself grasping at straws & being faced with realties to deal with. Frankly, the sudden 'normality' I feel is unsettling, making me feel less grounded, somewhat unsure of what to do next. This dovetails into anxiety, the feeling of not knowing, of change. Knowing you have to act on a situation but being scared by the potential outcomes, whatever they may be...

So in times like these I force myself to put it all into perspective, to realize that there is little point in beating ones self up over things outside ones control. Take a breather, slow things down... I'm not a believer in any specific faith, but thats not to say I don't believe that things happen for a reason. The universe has a funny way of spinning things round and changing situations when you least expect it.

Six months ago I barley understood the basics of photography... I can't wait to see what the next year has in store...

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I've been sitting on this one for about two weeks, never quite getting the balance right... This is my first proper attempt at star trails, having gotten a few 'test shots' earlier this year:

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One key thing I have learned is that long exposure noise reduction, or 'dark frame' subtraction is absolutely essential for these kinds of shots. The obvious downside is the doubled exposure time, really only allowing for one or two exposures per night. In this instance, I actually drove home with the camera in its bag, letting it do its dark frame. I did however leave my windows open, hopefully preventing the sensor heating up during transit.

Contrary to my previous shots, both taken at Wilson Bay (a favorite location of mine), this one was captured at my parents farm in Gibbston Valley, pretty much the opposite end of town. The Nevis Bluff limited my view of the sky, so the celestial south pole ended up at the bottom of the frame. I guess this mixes it up a bit, showing more of the brilliance of the Milky Way and the dazzling array of stars along its band. The exposure time for this was just over 45 minutes, between the 51 minutes and 36 minutes of the aforementioned photos.


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