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From absolute zero to "absolute hot," the temperatures of the Universe

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Johnny Express® -Official FULL[HD]:

A short animation that is really good.......

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Alone with the Universe

Stockton Dunes, Stockton Beach, Newcastle, NSW, Australia
NIKON D600 + 15.0 mm f/2.8 @ 15 mm, 25 sec at f/2.8, ISO 3200 x 6 Frames

The Astro Photographer craves the night – and not just any night – they desire the lowest of low lights. They search out dark skies, requiring moonless cloudless evenings far away from cities and light pollution. Huddled alone in the dark with camera pointed up into the vastness of the universe seeking out those faint points of light in the skies

With +Suren J on the left of frame happily shooting the milky way and +Gerard Blacklock must be just out of frame to the left

A stitched panorama consisting of six (6) fisheye frames shot at 25 sec @ f/2.8 and ISO 3200

If you’re interested I’ve written up a bit of a tutorial on taking photos of the stars and the milky way including some tips on appropriate lens choice and exposure (aperture, shutter speed and ISO) - see the link above

The sky was incredibly clear with the whole span of the milky way visible in the sky above

In the bitter cold I wasn’t up for the time and effort required for this so opted instead to use the Sigma 15mm f/2.8 fisheye – basically because it’s the only other fast (aperture) wide lens I had brought and it has a massive field of view so I wouldn’t need to take very many frames. I just winged the frames (since I couldn’t see anything in the viewfinder) and hoped I’d get enough overlap and a half decent level whilst pointing angled up towards the sky

I got close to the tree so it would be reasonably large in the frame and placed myself so that the milky way would appear to arch over the tree and spread over to where the horrible light pollution was (that’s the city of Newcastle by the way), and also hopefully have the 4WD drive tracks that were already there in the sand leading off from around the corner of the frame

The Sigma 15mm fisheye is very nicely wide – tick, and it’s f/2.8 maximum aperture is pretty fast – tick, but wide open it unfortunately isn’t the sharpest tool in the shed – especially when you get near the edges and the distortion (it’s a fisheye after all) is pretty intense. This all makes for pretty interesting stitching results but I was pretty happy with my first attempt at a panorama starfield of the milky way. 

#stocktondunes #stars #milkyway #sand
#VisitNSW +Visit NSW
+LongExposure Thursday curated by +Francesco Gola +Luca Gerardi #longexposurethursday
+AstroFriday curated by +Dawn Peterson +Nimesh Patel #AstroFriday
+FisheyeFriday curated by +Ivan Yudhi +Randy Scherkenbach #fisheyefriday
#promotephotography +Promote Photography
+Stunning Moment curated by +Alycia Miller +Zvonimir Fras #stunningmoment
+ShowYourBestWork by +Britta Rogge & +Rita Gijbels #showyourbestwork
+Photo Mania Australia by +Tony Heyward, +David Tomek & +Gerard Blacklock #PhotoManiaAustralia
#hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape curated by +Michael Garza +Nader El Assy +Vinod Krishnamoorthy+Luca Ferroglio +Craig Loxley +Dorothy Pugh
+Landscape Photography curated by +Landscape Photography Show +Margaret Tompkins +Jim Warthman +Kevin Rowe +Johan Peijnenburg +David Heath Williams +Tom Hierl +Carolyn Lim +Tom Sloan +Howard L. Smith +Kai Kosonen +Tony Heyward +Sheila B. DuBois +Sandra Brown +Vishal Kumar +Toshi Nakamura #LandscapePhotography
#hqspnight +HQSP Night curated by +Dirk Müller +Patrick Spuij
+Nightscapes curated by +Jesse Martineau +Patrick Zeiler #nightscapes

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He knows where to sleep......

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Found this on reddit, great pic..........

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If you need extra storage, this little gadget looks great.
A little late for Christmas, but maybe treat yourself?

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Interesting pic I found in one of my feeds.....
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