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In the cold light of night | by nightscapades
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In the cold light of night

I don’t remember what the exact temperature was when I visited this shallow valley at Burrier, west of Nowra, Australia, in August of this year. However, I do remember that the air was cold and that I was wearing multiple layers of warm clothing plus a beanie, a hoodie, gloves and had a couple of heat packs in my pockets. The road that services the homesteads and rural businesses here isn’t a through-road, so it’s not often that you have to move yourself and your tripod out of the way of approaching vehicles.


This photo is a stitched vertical panorama, made up from five overlapping images that I shot. The Milky Way almost bisects the scene diagonally, coming between the bright light of the planet Mars at the top and that of Jupiter below, just near the trees. I did some lighting of the foreground grass, road and trees with an LED lantern. Stray light from a nearby farmhouse did the job of lighting the fields and the thin fog that had drifted across them.


For each of the give photos that make up this image, I used a Canon EOS 6D camera mounted on a Nodal Ninja 3 panoramic head, a Samyang 14mm XP lens @ f/2.8, with an exposure time of 25 seconds @ ISO 6400.

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Taken on August 5, 2018