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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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CaptainMockingjay42 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! Awesome startrails. :D
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much :D (Big Grin)
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MieCiaN Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014
Amazing and breathtaking!
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much :D
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Corvidae65 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014

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 Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014   General Artist
amazing shot!
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much :D
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danUK86 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014   General Artist
welcome!
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The-Build Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome work Greg, really like the vortex work.
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:iconcapturingthenight:
CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much :D
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:iconthe-build:
The-Build Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No worries Greg!
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game-n-art Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
is that you out on the balcony? haha nice shot
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:iconcapturingthenight:
CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much :D Yeah that's me.
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Scorpidilion Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
great shot :thumbsup: =)
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:iconcapturingthenight:
CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much :D
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Aquilapse Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Great shot Greg! I was staying at Halls gap this night! I decided to try out Lake Fyans instead though. 
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much Adrian  :D  Haha.  Small world.  Hope you got some good shots at the lake.  You know in all my time photographing at night I have never met anyone else out doing the same at the same location (apart from people I occasionally go out with).  Maybe one day/night we might bump into each other.
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Aquilapse Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
That would be awesome! I would have to say the same, of course most of the time I do go out at night is to get away from everything. Very peaceful.
Judging by your work I guess you're closer to the east coast than I am (Adelaide), but who knows!
Love your work, keep it up!
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lukiesyaya Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Your work makes me  :iconbiggersmileplz: . :heart:
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much :D
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lukiesyaya Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
:D
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DreamCraftsman Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Emote: Space Core SPAAAAAAAAAAAACEEEEE Emote: Space Core 
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much :D
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yukamilee Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013
eternaly beautiful! :heart:w:heart:
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much :D
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yukamilee Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014
you're welcome! Tsumugi Kotobuki (Laughs) [V1] 
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MTM--Photography Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I am just wondering how exactly you do this.  I have done it once but I have no idea how I did it!  XD  Thanks and wow!
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
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Anthony-Freedom Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
So stunning..
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much :D
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foureyes Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013
Stunning shot Greg Clap +fav  Clap 
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much :D
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Lady-Lena-LaFaye Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing photo! :heart:
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much :D
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dswilliams10 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow! Out standing!+fav CURSE YOU! 
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much :D
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alexyorim Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The stars spin me right round like a record.  And in a good way.
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Haha.  Thank you so much :D  And now I have that song stuck in my head.............
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gokhanproject Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Great work nice job.
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much :D
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AlecsPS Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Great work Greg!
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much :D
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BezZeMad Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Student Photographer
That's incredible! I bet standing still for it was a pain though...
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much :D Only needed to stay still for the first 30 second exposure.
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
excellent!
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much :D
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
welcome
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TheRockyCrowe Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Student Digital Artist
WHOAH *^* this is BEAUTS! Especially the sky!
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much :D
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