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Out On The Balcony by CapturingTheNight Out On The Balcony by CapturingTheNight
:icondonotuseplz::iconmyartplz: Greg Gibbs.   You may not use, replicate, manipulate, or modify this image without my
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Star Trails at The Balconies, Grampians National Park, Australia, 27/12/2013

One of the reasons I love taking images at night is you can have whole locations to yourself.  During the day this iconic vista is positively crawly with tourists, but as soon as the sun goes down they all leave.

I have been wanting to do this image for a long time now.  In fact I once did a 16 hour round trip in an attempt to capture an aurora display from here but was thwarted by clouds.  Finally got another chance last week whilst I was in the area visiting family over the festive season.  

Canon 5DMkII, 14mm, F/2.8, ISO 1600, 60 times 30 second exposures.  First image taken as the last glow of sunset faded on the horizon.  Stacked in StarStax.

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Woah! :icondizzyplz:  No wonder I keep falling sown all the time!  I thought I was just clumsy but it turns out that the earth is turning so fast it is unbalancing my equilibrium! :nod:  I learn sumpin' new every day! :aww:


:lol:  Cool work, Greg!  That star vortex has nice depth to it--like a true vortex instead of a flat disc.  Well done!

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CapturingTheNight Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much mate :D A little bit different stacking mode than usual to give that effect
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danUK86 Jan 17, 2014   General Artist
amazing shot!
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CapturingTheNight Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much :D
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danUK86 Jan 18, 2014   General Artist
welcome!
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Backsackandjack Jan 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome work Greg, really like the vortex work.
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CapturingTheNight Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much :D
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Backsackandjack Jan 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No worries Greg!
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:icongame-n-art:
is that you out on the balcony? haha nice shot
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CapturingTheNight Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much :D Yeah that's me.
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