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Milky Way over Dwejra, Gozo

By KingArthur
Last Friday evening our photography clan planned an interesting night shoot aiming to capture the Milky Way over Dwejra in Gozo, the last non-light polluted spot on the Islands.

After a pleasant boat trip to Gozo, and a lovely dinner at an al fresco restaurant overlooking the sea crossing, we eventually made our way to Dwejra, arriving in pitch darkness. Luckily, weather conditions were good offering us a beautiful clear night sky, with just the right amount of breeze. Torches in hand, we made our way to the planned spot and set up gear just in time as the Milky Way loomed up over Dwejra ridge ..... quite an enchanting spectacle I have to admit once your eyes get accustomed to lights out. Such was the complete darkness that focusing had to be done manually, which is no easy task I can assure you. After a few test shots, allowing the Milky Way to rise further, I managed to combine a working ISO, aperture and shutter speed sufficient to bag a few decent shots of the Milky Way over Fungus Rock, an iconic landmark of the sister island Gozo. In fact, shot settings were ISO 2500, aperture f/2.8 with a 30 second shutter speed.

I chose this shot as the best of the lot, which seems to convey the enchanting mood we all experienced during our circa 3-hour night shoot. We all thoroughly enjoyed the experience, and are already planning a similar shoot towards the end of the month.

Hope you find the image to your liking.

Have a good week,

Tags: General Stars Milky way Night sky Starry night Sigma 17-50mm f28 ex dc os hsm Night photography Landscape and travel Dwejra Nikon D7500 KingArthur

Voters: LotaLota, barryyoungnz, ardbeg77 and 58 more


You certainly put the effort in here, and the result is quite spectacular.
Well done.
Barry NZ

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taggart Plus
15 47 13 United States
7 Jul 2019 6:26PM

A most enviable image and experience!
Great results after an amazing effort!
Very commendable effort - well taken

7 Jul 2019 6:38PM
Lovely shot
A wonderful capture Joe. Pam
franken Plus
17 5.0k 4 United Kingdom
7 Jul 2019 8:46PM
7 Jul 2019 8:57PM
WOW Joe, this is absolutely gorgeous....a treat & a pleasure to view.

7 Jul 2019 10:42PM
outstanding image.

A fabulous image well worth the trials and tribulations in getting the shot just right.

Nikonuser1 Plus
7 159 16 United Kingdom
8 Jul 2019 8:57AM
A great night imageSmileSmile

BobinAus Plus
4 2 10 Australia
8 Jul 2019 11:51AM
Long summer nights have some disadvantages after all! Congratulations on 'working late' and catching a memorable shot of the Milky Way over the ocean.
8 Jul 2019 3:30PM
Outstanding, really outstanding of this wonderful vista. I have used my awards up for today, but there is always tomorrow! When I see shots like this this song comes to mind! David
Superb celestial night capture, Arthur.
Your narrative adds great context.
Fefe Plus
8 33 31 United Kingdom
8 Jul 2019 5:59PM
The area is tricky enough to walk in the surface of the moon!....not that I have been to the moonWink
Well done!
It was such a shock for me that the Azure Window has gone Sad, So glad I saw it when we did a few years ago.
KingArthur 13 8 Malta
8 Jul 2019 6:14PM
You are absolutely right Diane, such a pity and a heavy loss now that the Azure Window succumbed to the forces of nature last winter.

Notwithstanding, Dwejra still has that enchanting feel to it especially after sundown ..... its mystical, at times eerie, quite the place to be with a camera in hand.

Joe Smile
9 Jul 2019 2:52AM
Wonderful astrophotography Joe.... something I would like to try one day
cheers Walt
9 Jul 2019 3:10PM
Lovely shot Joe well done..Lin
Maiwand 12 3 73 England
9 Jul 2019 8:33PM
Lovely atmospheric image Joe. Excellent.
sparrowhawk Plus
11 277 2 United Kingdom
9 Jul 2019 9:52PM
JuBarney Plus
8 33 4 United Kingdom
9 Jul 2019 10:00PM
Sooo beautiful and well captured.
10 Jul 2019 1:44PM
Beautiful with the stars (1000000 of them) , Joe!

Stunning image Joe
capto Plus
7 5.9k 13 United Kingdom
10 Jul 2019 5:19PM
Beautifully done, a shot to treasure.Smile
10 Jul 2019 6:14PM
Nicely captured night time image Joe
Jeff. SmileSmile
Chinga Plus
9 3 1 United Kingdom
17 Jul 2019 11:50AM
Beautiful low light photography...
Isabel GrinGrin
BertC Plus
13 29 Malta
18 Jul 2019 3:42PM
Lovely Joe 👍
20 Jul 2019 12:39PM
Wonderful shot Joe, GrinGrinGrin

Regards Will.
23 Jul 2019 5:26PM
Lovely Exposure
25 Jul 2019 3:48PM
Stunning, love it!

Mike_Smith Plus
12 594 1 United Kingdom
3 Aug 2019 7:54PM
Fantastic low light capture Joe, something I intend to try myself

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