I have just spent a couple of days camping at Pemberton. I have only looked at a few of the photos and will post more in the next few days. Last night I was at Moon’s Crossing about 20km east of Pemberton. It was a beautiful clear night (also cold). I took this shot of the tree next to my car about 8:15 PM. There was no light pollution – the only thing between me and the nearest town was Karri trees. The light on the trunk of the tree was from the interior light in my car. (The tree is probably 50 meters tall).
I have been intending to try this for quite a while, but there always seemed to be something stopping me – moon too bright, too much cloud, bed too warm! Last night all the planets were in line, and I had run out of excuses. The battery on my torch died just as I was finishing – fortunately I had a LED light on my cap to see my way back to the car!
Update: This image won a silver award in the recent International Loupe Awards with a score of 85 and was placed 33rd in the Amateur Landscape Category.
This was a long exposure assisted by “light painting” the rocks in the foreground. The hard part is getting the torch to light the rocks evenly.I was fortunate to get a shooting star (or perhaps the space station) in the image. I like the contrast of the blue and the orange/red of the rocks (which is emphasised by the tungsten light of the torch).
For those who know the area, this is taken looking back up to the tourist lookout.