Milky Way Sand Dunes

As mentioned on Facebook, I went up to Cervantes to shoot the Pinnacles again with Mr. Spool.

After sunset we set out back down the coast to some sand dunes just off the road, had dinner and then set out for a sand dune night shoot.

I ummed and arred about taking all my kit and decided to just take the tripod and camera with the 17mm tilt shift but Neal opted to take his back pack and tripod. After treking out about 500mm we set up and that is when Neal found that he had left his camera in the car and it was not in the back pack he had lugged all the way out there! πŸ™‚

I managed to keep him busy light painting for me but so it wasn’t a total loss! πŸ™‚

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25 Responses to Milky Way Sand Dunes

  1. Tim Wootton says:

    Neal left his CAMERA in the car?! Ha Ha, light painting for you is just punishment! Good result as well!

  2. Indeed he did Tim….yes I thought I would rub it in a bit! πŸ™‚ It didn’t work out too bad eh!

    Like most shoots, learned some more things and what to do better next time!

  3. Wow, forgot the whole camera… now I don’t feel so bad anymore about my episode where I just forgot to load the film πŸ™‚ I guess the Cervantes area is a sort of Bermuda triangle for photographic disaster.

  4. LOL … Not one of my best moments but nonetheless i had a blast … Nice capture Mark, awesome light painting as well πŸ˜‰ … The morning shoot well and truly made up for it … I hope to have something up tomorrow … Had a look through the files just need to settle on a few ot work on now …

  5. Eden says:

    Super stuff Mark πŸ™‚

  6. Andrew Brown says:

    Nice effort Mark

  7. Sam Clark says:

    Nice shot Mark… got to just love all of those stars πŸ˜€

  8. Hey Mark and Neal, great story from what sounds like a fun trip. Reminds me of when Christian and I drove to the new years eve shoot and discovered we had forgotten the softbox – it’s only this massive big soft box, easy to overlook!

    This is a good attempt at capturing a starscape, and as you say it is a lot harder than it looks. An f/2.0 or faster lens is definitely a lot better at it, the exposure here is a bit on the long side. I think the white balance of the sky should be cooled a lot to bring out a bit of blue. Good effort, good creative stuff buddy! Next time leave the camera there all night for some astro timelapse ! πŸ™‚

  9. Indeed little buddy…I know where I need to get to and what I need to do as welll! Must improve…must improve! πŸ™‚

    • πŸ™‚ Nailing focus can also be hard to do, impossible on location as it’s pitch black. Infinity may not work well as the stars are beyond infinity hehe. Find the lens setting in daylight by focusing on say the moon.
      To keep your night vision use red flashlights although that doesn’t help if you have Neal light painting with a big white torch πŸ™‚

  10. Noted Flembotaruny! Hey guess what…they have just brought out Just Right without sultanas! Just for you little buddy!

    • wooohoo! Only took me sending them 400 emails before they realised I don’t want sultanas in my breakfast πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

      Think of the time I will save every morning removing sultanas from my breakie. What superhero deed will I do with those extra two minutes πŸ™‚

  11. He he…very funny mate…Lee Lee says that ‘you’re a funny boy’! πŸ™‚

  12. Outerworldy image mate – very cool result !
    I’ve heard of forgetting; film, batteries, memory cards and tripods… but camera – hehe poor Neal πŸ™