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New on 500px : Princes Pier by DebashisTalukdar by DebashisTalukdar

This is perhaps a favourite hangout for many-a-Melbourne-based photographer. The post-piles are the remnants of what used to make up Princes Pier. At one time, this timber pier used to extend out into the waters of Port Philip Bay, and was the landing for many seafaring vessels. After falling into disrepair, a project in the late 2000s did away with the top of the pier, and constructed a concrete pier which now serves as a local park of sorts to visitors. It is a common spot for anglers to spend some time trying to take something home.
On this particular autumn morning in 2013, I had taken a drive that way after seeing that the sunrise was looking very promising. A few anglers had already pitched their spots and were sharing stories as I showed up to take this particular shot. I am quite happy to say that very little has been done to this image from its version that came straight out of camera – which is an indication that the light and conditions were just perfect. The stillness of the water was the result of a combination of there being very little wind in the morning, and from using an ND400 filter.

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New on 500px : A Life of 110 Seconds by AshWhittaker by AshWhittaker

Another shot from Clifton Springs, Australia. This ended up being a rad afternoon, as I was treated to the ideal weather I was after.

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New on 500px : Pillars of Light by ditography by ditography

Port Fairy Lighthouse
A small lighthouse, 1.5 km away from Port Fairy, one of the best place I’ve seen to capture milky way.

Nikon D800 with 14-24mm
30 seconds – F/2.8 – ISO 5000

Shooting Milky Way is never an easy job, especially if we live in a high density populated areas. Aside from dealing with the light pollution, factoring the phase of the moon is also important to maximise the best contrast possible. In this trip, we tried to factor in everything we could think of to spot the ideal place and time:
– find a place far away from big cities to minimise light pollution
– shoot during new moon phase to maximise dark sky and increasing contrast of the stars
– check the weather, spot for windows of clear night with minimum clouds
– try to plan a foreground that you’re going to use to compliment the milky way on the background
– pray for the best luck you can have

To capture the best colour in milky way, it is necessary to push the limit of my camera by bumping the ISO up to 5000. The extra 1-2 stops sensitivity gives a noisier image but rewarding me with more vibrant colour and better details on the stars.

For the choice of shutter speed, I stick with the rule of 500 (use shutter speed no slower than 500/effective focal length) to maintain the star as a point (not leaving any trails behind do to motion blur). In this case, my maximum shutter speed is 500/14mm = 35 second. I keep it at 30 second to have a more conservative result.

Finally, the biggest challenge to me was on the field itself as I have to frame the foreground with an extreme wide angle lens (14mm) in a pitch black location near 0’C temperature.

At the end of the day, shooting milky way is all about planning, with a little bit of extra luck.

PS This photo was posted here last year, but I just did a rework on the noise and WB accuracy, so I believe this one is a much closer representation of the actual night itself

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