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Star trails over Grass Tree-Flinders Ranges

Some times a 4 night holiday can turn into some thing else. I had a strange feeling in my water when I prepared for some long exposure shots and for some reason I started too early when there was a bit too much light in the sky.

After 2 hours 15 minutes the night sky was interspersed with spotlights - I knew this wasn't good news.
I quietly crept out of the car, took a few steps and 'Crack' a high velocity rifle shot went some where over my head!! Had to make a decision, soon. It was either a Kangaroo shooter or a crack pot!!! some where over the rise. I decided to get my 2 Cameras, mounted on Tripods, which were about 30 metres from me on a slight rise. With no lights on I switched them both off, grabbed both of them by the scruff of the neck and stumbled back to the Car. I shoved them onto the back seat, got in and took a swig of water and decided to move.

I made it back onto the Bunyeroo Track and Had to go in the direction of the firing, no other way out, I rounded the bend and there was his 4WD with all lights blazing so I just kept on going and I lived to tell the taleSmile

If you look closely you can see where the spotlight has caught the tops of the trees around the base area of the grass Tree.

As I thought, the exposure was a bit tooo light but in Photoshop I managed to bring back the details and colour by combining it with an under-exposed copy.

Flinders Ranges, South Australia.
Accessible by car.

Canon 5D mkII, Canon 16-35mm lens, 2 hours 20 minutes. tripod.

Tags: General Digitally manipulated Landscape and travel Wildlife and nature

Voters: richcukc, johnlw, sherlob and 20 more

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johnlw 14 1 10 United Kingdom
20 Sep 2013 4:20PM
A very impressive capture well done.
Regards John.
TonyDy Plus
12 52 3 United Kingdom
20 Sep 2013 8:48PM
Great t, John - well worked.
stu8fish 8 3 United Kingdom
20 Sep 2013 9:47PM
Neat shot. (hope the other shooter missed)
28 Sep 2013 8:05AM
Many thanks for your comments. He missed and I survived, this time. It really put me on guard for the next two nights I was out shooting other Star shots but the skies were so clear as it was a New Moon.

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