This is the Southern Cross and Milky Way after 2,447 seconds have elapsed and half a bottle of vino consumed. I love sleeping out under the stars, especially in Australia, away from the light of cities and around the New Moon.
A swag is Australian slang for bedroll. There is a long history of swags and swagmen in this country, the swag being a symbol of freedom. Swagmen became well known during the Gold Rushes of the 1800s, when goldminers and itinerant workers hiked around the Outback, carrying very little and a light bedroll.
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tyro (25282) 2014-08-07 3:06
Ciao cara Lisa,
Geez, woman, are you getting soft? Forty minutes to consume just half a bottle of plonk? I'm disappointed in you.
But what better way to spend forty minutes during the depths of the night - sitting with your shutter (!) wide open and slugging some fine wine.
I've never tried one of these prolonged exposures but I think it's something I must do sometime when winter next comes but escaping from light pollution here is very difficult. This is a very fine image with nice sharp lines of the moving stars (well, actually it was you that was doing the moving and not really the stars at all). I imagine that you probably couldn't really see those foreground bushes because of the darkness yet pollution from other light sources has shown them brilliantly illuminated during this long exposure.
A very fine picture of a night sky which I have only once seen during a single venture to the southern hemisphere. Very well taken too but how on Earth did you manage to work out what was going to be a suitable exposure? And did you use a ND filter too? I'm intrigued.
snunney (99968) 2014-08-07 4:50
Will you come a-waltzing with me? As John says, half a bottle in forty minutes does not seem much for a person of your capacity:-) Just joking, perhaps you had other things on your mind? The photographic result was certainly worth the effort. An image totally out of the ordinary for TE.
dkmurphys (59145) 2014-08-07 4:56
Superb night capture. You did a great job, spectacular effect.
miumiu (6113) 2014-08-07 5:44
This is a magical and wonderful capture. Full of calmness and peace.
l don't know this technique... l have to learn it. It is fantastic!
photoray (13981) 2014-08-07 10:20
Gidday Swagger Lisa,
Fine night view of the Southern Cross and buddies circling our galaxy.
And my Dad and I when on overnight fishing trips used the "two blanket" camping method - one for the ground and one to cover with. I remember well later on when he was proud to buy me a used army cot to sleep in the open air when I was 15, and he slept in the back of his 53 Chevy station wagon.
Those were the days, and I would not trade them for anything,
Have a rewarding and enjoyable weekend,
from the Colonies,
carlo62 (49127) 2014-08-07 13:37
sei un fenomeno, sei riuscita a fotografare la tua testa dopo tutto il vino bevuto!!!!
Riesci sempre a sorprendermi, ogni volta qualcosa di nuovo, passi dall'oceano, al deserto, alle stelle, incredibile.
lousat (91950) 2014-08-07 15:25
Ciao Lisa,per fortuna che non a voluto fotografare tutto il giro delle stelle,altrimenti ce ne sarebbero volute 3 di bottiglie di vino...e mi immagino le conseguenze..ehhe...una foto molto originale e che con la mia macchina non si puo' fare,ben riuscita a parte le piante che sparano troppa luce.Buon weekend e complimenti,Luciano
emka (98664) 2014-08-07 23:17
With my swag all on my shoulder
Black billy in my hand
I travelled the bush of Australia
Like a true-born native man
I loved mu nights (two of them) in swag somewhere in Red Center. And I needn't any bottle of wine:). The stars over me were much better than the ceiling in the hotel with many stars. I was so surprised before going to Australia, that matilda was a swag.
I had no idea of making such photo with long exposure, but in Australia I travelled without tripod, now it is always with me (you should be proud :).
WArm regrad s Malgo
siudzi (34141) 2014-08-07 23:30
Wow! What a spectacular visual effect on the sky you have achieved here! Love it! Beautifully done with an excellent technique and very good quality. Bravo!
mirosu (16265) 2014-08-08 6:50
Excellent star motion effect. I like the composition with the green trees in foreground.
Very well done.
marabu61 (11055) 2014-08-08 13:00
I wonder if the star trail came from your rencontre with the wine bottle, but this is just to perfect to be the result of a casual swag.
Going to Island in just a bit over a month, I have had recently a look at how to do these kind of extreme long exposures, be it for star trails or northern lights, myself. A technique I definitely want to have a go at.
Brilliant star trail picture indeed with the stars forming a nice swish across the sky and just the right amount of foreground to balance the shot.
Enjoy the rest of the bottle
maria-v1981 (10932) 2014-08-09 4:55
I tried several times to do this technique without result. I like that beside the stars moovement u chose to show us some enviorment..great one.
Have a nice weekend,
willperrett (10894) 2014-08-13 12:00
Nice one Lisa!
It feels as if we've shared your bottle of vino, and are now descending into the Whirling Pits. No, we're looking up. But we're in Australia and of course you all stand on your heads down there. I'm confused.
Waylim (25502) 2014-08-14 21:37
That take a lot of patience. I have not yet attempt this type of looooooooooooooooong exposure. I love the effect here. It feel like there is deep dark hole at the end and it just keep sucking me in. The place give a good foreground and adds depth and other colors.
Well at least we can drink while it is being accomplished. Cheers for the success.
macjake (68420) 2014-08-24 20:26
this is the type of photo that Tosca is ALWAYS bugging me to get...but i have NO experience in how to set it all up....Guess we're just gonna have to give it the ol' try.
so if my math is correct, this is about a 40-41 minute long exposure...how the hell do you do that?
i know you have to use a remote and such...but really? a 40min exposure!!!
hmm...how many beers can you drink in 40 min? lol
awesome shot Lisa, even a hint of blue hour light in there.
I'll look at my Naples gallery, try to post one in the morning...its 8pm here right now.
what did you do that makes you think you may get banned? or are you just kiddin'
great to have you back
abmdsudi (54513) 2014-08-24 23:04
That's swagman's point of view under the wide open
pitch dark night sky. Wow I am envious seeing a result of the extra long 40 mins exposure - I've never tried before- is indeed amazing!! Catch a falling star & put it in swagman's pocket or your own personal firework display perhaps!! Very impressively done with the continuous moving stars and you are spot on location - mid of OZO, coz it's impossible to get this sort of shot from within the city madness.
A very fine effort this must be one of the most outstanding star trails I have ever seen as it gives inspiration. i love it, lovely lights, trail lights, the additional green and good trails need something else in the fg for a bit of extra interest that you did smartly here. They say everyday is a school day and today you have been my teacher and thanks for all hard work and the excellent photo you have shared with us. A visual stunner & a pleasure to view your work!
My compliments :))
Noel_Byrne (31414) 2014-08-25 1:14
Woooooooo.....how'd you do this then Lisa? I always admire these trippy space shots and I actually feel slightly drunk looking at this, not good at nine am, haha. I have never done one of these because I would have no idea how to begin, but it seems a bottle of wine is needed, so I'll make sure to have my kit bag ready :)
What a cool complimentary shot to your dish post today, now we can imagine both aspects, they in the skies and they on earth. Brilliant,