Lake St Clair is a stunning part of Tasmania – some truly magnificent walks start from here such as Mt Rufus and the Labyrinth; and its remoteness also makes it a fantastic place to shoot at night, with no light pollution at all. On a recent trip I sat at the waters edge, enjoying a star filled night, and a stunning wind free night leaving reflections in the water and silhouettes on the horizon.
The shots above and below were taken in the exact same spot – the shot above was a bit of a tester for composition purposes as the aim of the game was a star trail, which is below. The star trail was achieved with 3 x 30 minute exposures, taken at ISO 100.
As well as the lake, I framed the Milky Way to the south against some trees beside the lake – after all I had 90 minutes to wait
I also shot the elusive Andromeda Galaxy from Lake St Clair a couple of years ago, and will be on the look out for it again in the months ahead. It is only visible this far south for a short period of spring. There is also a comet doing the rounds of the southern hemisphere sky which should be at its brightest in the next month or two – more info on that in coming posts