The Southern Skies of Dumbleyoung Lake

On a cold winters night and after shooting the Northern Skies on Saturday night we decided to venture over the hill to see what we could find.

It was pitch black as there was no moon out and we managed to scare a couple of owls from their perches. Not sure who was scared the most…them or us, but onwards we marched until we found this little scene.

Night shooting is soooo much more difficult than in the day. You can’t see the composition in live view, or through the lens, so the initial shots are just to get your set up right.

Then there is the issue of the lens fogging up every minute so constant diligence on that front is imperative.

Then there is the issue of getting a focus and in this instance I went to infinity and back off a bit and did some test shots.

Tripod level, test shots done and time for a stitch.

This is a 10 image stitch with my 14-24 mm Nikon lens at 14mm in Portrait mode. F2.8, 6400 ISO and 20 second exposure. The Nikon D810’s do this sort of work so well.

Pretty happy with the outcome and worth the near freezing conditions and the effort required to get it.