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    Recent Red Centre adventures by star light.

    I've been out camping under the dark Red Centre night skies a few times in the last month or so and thought I'd post a few of my shots.

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    Playing with light under a tree lit by the camp fire at Bungabiddy rock hole (just across the WA boarder on the Sandy Blight Junction Road)

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    Closer to home Uluru

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    Idracowra (Chambers Pillar)

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    Wurre (Rainbow Valley)

    A bit noisy but I'm happy with them. They are all single exposures so no blending developed in Lightroom. The shot at Wurre is a 5 shot panorama merged and developed in lightroom.

    Cheers Nate

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    Re: Recent Red Centre adventures by star light.

    Excellent results Nate. It’s a big universe out there!

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    Re: Recent Red Centre adventures by star light.

    mad shots mate!!
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    Re: Recent Red Centre adventures by star light.

    WOW!!

    Awesome!!
    "Anyone who recommends anything without knowing what you want to do with it should be ignored." Ken Rockwell

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    Re: Recent Red Centre adventures by star light.

    Quote Originally Posted by closei View Post
    Excellent results Nate. It’s a big universe out there!
    Quote Originally Posted by redeye View Post
    mad shots mate!!
    Quote Originally Posted by nigel View Post
    WOW!!

    Awesome!!
    Thanks gents. I love this time of year. Camping is comfortable, the days a perfect and the stars are out like nothing you can really see anywhere else. The Uluru one was the hardest to get ironically (being it's in my backyard) The park has strict rules and closes at set hours and this last week has been the only real time to catch the rock in enough darkness and with some stars out before they hunt you out. There are night tours but they are expensive and well I see enough of the tourists in my work and daily life to be stuck on bus full of them to be honest

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    Re: Recent Red Centre adventures by star light.

    Nice work Nate.

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    Re: Recent Red Centre adventures by star light.

    That tree is amazing
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    Re: Recent Red Centre adventures by star light.

    The first and the 4th shot are really mind-blowing ones. Congratzz!! keep sharing more

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    Re: Recent Red Centre adventures by star light.

    Quote Originally Posted by Nate_Patterson View Post
    Thanks gents. I love this time of year. Camping is comfortable, the days a perfect and the stars are out like nothing you can really see anywhere else. The Uluru one was the hardest to get ironically (being it's in my backyard) The park has strict rules and closes at set hours and this last week has been the only real time to catch the rock in enough darkness and with some stars out before they hunt you out. There are night tours but they are expensive and well I see enough of the tourists in my work and daily life to be stuck on bus full of them to be honest
    This is great info as I would like to capture the milky way above Uluru. I will be there for a few days from 5/8/19, there is a quarter moon that sets around 11pm. The setting moon should light Uluru nicely but the problem is that it is not truly dark until just after 7.30pm. Unsure if this is possible given time to capture shot and drive back to Yulara.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stricky View Post
    This is great info as I would like to capture the milky way above Uluru. I will be there for a few days from 5/8/19, there is a quarter moon that sets around 11pm. The setting moon should light Uluru nicely but the problem is that it is not truly dark until just after 7.30pm. Unsure if this is possible given time to capture shot and drive back to Yulara.
    This is tough one. Getting Milky Way shots over Uluru is not easy. The park closes at 7.30 in August and they are strict with this time. Rangers are there most of the time and will tell you to pack up and move on at closing. There is company that runs an astro tour in the park after dark that would allow you to get some great shots. One problem is it is run by Uluru Chinese tours a company that aims its tours at Chinese visitors and it is in Chinese but you would be welcome to go along. I haven't done it but wouldn't hesitate if it was the only way I could get the shot I was chasing.

    The shot above of Uluru and the Milky Way was taken on a new moon at just on closing time so conditions were ideal to get a result before closing with the sun setting 6.15 ish and no moon allowing for the Milky Way to appear pretty early. The drive back to Yulara isn't such a problem. It's only around 20km and sees a lot of traffic at sunrise and sunset. You may encounter a camel, but I've only seen a few in 3 or so years on this stretch of road, but if you take your time and have decent driving lights its pretty safe.

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    Re: Recent Red Centre adventures by star light.

    Thanks that is what I thought. I may have to settle for the milky way over Kings Canyon and/or Ormiston Gorge. Also planning to try to capture night shots in western Qld. I want to try one similar to this Windmill near Winton but with the milky way as background and hopefully some reflection in the water.
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    Re: Recent Red Centre adventures by star light.

    Don't rule it out completely, I'm sure you will be heading to the park for a sunset, just hang around and see what happens, you might get lucky there are odd days when the rangers aren't around or so pushy just don't count on it.

    I like this idea for a shot. That would make for a cracking photo! I've attempted a similar thing at Eringa while we were camping out there. The conditions just didn't help unfortunately.

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    Re: Recent Red Centre adventures by star light.

    Quote Originally Posted by Nate_Patterson View Post
    Don't rule it out completely, I'm sure you will be heading to the park for a sunset, just hang around and see what happens, you might get lucky there are odd days when the rangers aren't around or so pushy just don't count on it.

    I like this idea for a shot. That would make for a cracking photo! I've attempted a similar thing at Eringa while we were camping out there. The conditions just didn't help unfortunately.
    Ok, I will keep that in mind. Another problem I need to consider is angles. Ideally I would need to shoot from the South West looking across Uluru as the milky way will be to the North East. I should get some excellent milky way shots during the new moon in Western Qld, so I could cheat and add it in Photoshop but it is not the same.

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    Re: Recent Red Centre adventures by star light.

    Super - everyone should visit Chambers Pillar

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    Re: Recent Red Centre adventures by star light.

    I have a question for anyone who has photographed the Field of Lights near Uluru. I am not sure if a DSLR camera with a fast lens would be better than my Mobile phone (Samsung S9). I know you cannot take a tripod into the FOLs but I believe you can use a monopod. Interested to know what others have done and how the images turned out.

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    Re: Recent Red Centre adventures by star light.

    Quote Originally Posted by stricky View Post
    I have a question for anyone who has photographed the Field of Lights near Uluru. I am not sure if a DSLR camera with a fast lens would be better than my Mobile phone (Samsung S9). I know you cannot take a tripod into the FOLs but I believe you can use a monopod. Interested to know what others have done and how the images turned out.
    Take both. If your phone is good for shooting in low light it fits in your pocket, you can't loose.

    As for no tripods in the field, that is a rule, you aren't supposed use a tripod on the paths that weave through the FOL, but you can set one up on the fire trail that runs along the edge of it as long as it isn't too big to carry in your seat on the bus. You can only go to FOL by tour bus, there are all sorts of options from dinner under the stars over looking the field to just a visit and walk through. There is a dune view area that looks over the field and takes in Uluru as a back drop and you can use a tripod up there from memory. I've seen people with tripods in the field when its not particularly busy but don't count on that.

    I've done sunset a few times but never sunrise. I actually think sunrise would be better, I've just never made the effort I take it for granted I guess

    Just a note too, FOL is an "Art installation" so the rights to any images of FOL are owned by Bruce Munro and you have to contact him if you want to use them for any commercial purpose and technically credit him if you post them on social media

    Hope that helps?

    Cheers Nate

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    Re: Recent Red Centre adventures by star light.

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    Closer to home Uluru

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    Idracowra (Chambers Pillar)

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    Wurre (Rainbow Valley)

    A bit noisy but I'm happy with them. They are all single exposures so no blending developed in Lightroom. The shot at Wurre is a 5 shot panorama merged and developed in lightroom.

    Cheers Nate[/QUOTE]


    Dug up this older post as I wanted to ask Nate a question. Was the shot of Uluru taken from the Sunset viewing area? Also do you remember the date this shot taken and focal length it was taken with. I would love to capture a similar shot but the milky way will be reasonably high in the sky when I am there (6th August). I will be using a 14mm lens and I am thinking maybe I need to be closer to Uluru to limit the amount of sky and have Uluru bigger in the shot. I know I can always crop it down but I am a bit worried about increasing the noise.

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    Re: Recent Red Centre adventures by star light.

    Dug up this older post as I wanted to ask Nate a question. Was the shot of Uluru taken from the Sunset viewing area? Also do you remember the date this shot taken and focal length it was taken with. I would love to capture a similar shot but the milky way will be reasonably high in the sky when I am there (6th August). I will be using a 14mm lens and I am thinking maybe I need to be closer to Uluru to limit the amount of sky and have Uluru bigger in the shot. I know I can always crop it down but I am a bit worried about increasing the noise.[/QUOTE]

    OK I'll give you all the info I can and hopefully not bore you and anyone else that reads this.

    Yep the shot was taken from the sunset car viewing area.

    It was taken in August last year, from memory mid-August to line up with a new moon.

    It was shot with a 14mm lens on a full frame body and is a single frame f2.8, 25 seconds, iso 6400.

    This viewing area is approximately 3.5km as the crow flies to Uluru and Uluru it self viewed from this angle is approximately 3.5 km long (it's a big rock!) You really can't get any closer to the rock and achieve a shot like this. The rules in the park are strict where you can and can't stop and photograph from and rangers will stop and move you on and can fine you. You are gong to have to have a lot of things go your way to even get this shot. I've just had a look and the moon will be at 34% and won't set until 11.25 pm well after the park closes at 7.30pm (sharp) and again the rangers will move you on if they see you. At 34% the Milky Way won't be as bright as the night I shot it but Uluru will be better lit. I generally don't bother with star shots when the moon is anything over 20% but I have the luxury of shooting anytime.

    August is peak season so busy, there will be crowds all the way along the viewing site (most will leave 15-30 minutes after sunset) and you will only get about 15 minutes of decent darkness with the Milky Way before 7.30. My shot was taken around 7.25pm

    There are two sunset viewing areas in the park one for cars and one restricted to tour buses after 4 pm. The bus one has lot of options for different compositions but the main road through to Uluru is between you and the rock so you will get light trails from buses, cars and what ever might come past in low light.

    There is company that runs Astro tours that have a permit to be in the park later and will give you a lot more time to get your shot but it costs $$ I have no idea how much but can ask if you're interested. I wouldn't expect any change from $150 per person at a guess but it could be and is likely more.

    Feel free to email me if you have any other questions.

    Cheers Nate

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    Re: Recent Red Centre adventures by star light.

    Thanks Nate, Your reply is very helpful. I do have some other ideas that may or may not be possible so I give email you directly.

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    Re: Recent Red Centre adventures by star light.

    The shot of Idracowra (Chambers Pillar) is pick! Nice set of pictures, I appreciate!

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