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Pioneering Spirit by CapturingTheNight Pioneering Spirit by CapturingTheNight
:icondonotuseplz::iconmyartplz: Greg Gibbs. You may not use, replicate, manipulate, or modify this image without my permission. All Rights Reserved.


"Pioneering Spirit"

Wallaces Hut, Alpine National Park, Australia

Orion The Hunter with his two faithful dogs by his side watches over Taurus The Bull.

Wallaces Hut was built in 1889 and is the oldest still standing mountain hut of the 106 huts in the Alpine National Park. Constructed from local timber as shelter for the cattlemen who used to drive their herds up the mountains to graze on the high country plains in summer, it is a great reminder of the early pioneers in Australia.

Jupiter shines bright on the left of frame just next to Aldebaran the red eye of The Bull. In the middle of frame is Orion which is probably the most recognisable constellation in the night sky with its distinctive 'belt' and 'sword' stars and the red super-giant Betelgeuse and blue super-giant Rigel. For anyone in the northern hemisphere Orion appears upside down in this image to what you are normally used to due to my location in Australia. The bright star on the right of frame is Sirius which is the brightest star in the night sky. A 60% moon off to the left of frame is lighting up the landscape. The front of the hut was light painted during the single 25 second exposure with a small led torch. I was so busy trying to get the lighting right that I didn't notice the satellite flare through the frame. A very nice surprise.

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SleepinDevil Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Bloody brilliant work :) I definitely need to learn a lot more about lightpainting technique and attempt a scene like this. It's so beautiful! 
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much :D
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Saddust Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
Awesome ! Did you edit it to add the stars, etc ?
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :D No I did not.  I don't travel to all these locations at all hours of the night just to "photoshop" in some stars over a daytime shot like some talentless hack who thinks that adding a few stars will get you a squillion likes on FB.  I never have and never will do that.  My passion is capturing the sky at night.  This is a single image taken at about 11pm at night.  The moon is lighting up the foreground, and I lightpainted the front of the hut. 
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Saddust Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013
Splendid work !
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Quantosauro Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013
sweet spectacle
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much :D
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Quantosauro Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013
your page is one of my favorite, also photos stile to, absolutely
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1MsDaVinci Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I am in awe... I never knew that so many stars could be seen. I live in Boston Massachusetts, and you can't see much at all. Thank you for sharing your wonderful talents with everyone.

Peace & Love,
Old Hippy Lady
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much for the great feedback on my work :D I hope you can 'discover' the stars soon.
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