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Fossil Island

I took advantage of stunning clear skies last week to shoot the stars above Eaglehawk Neck. At dusk I visited Fossil Island near the Tasman Arch, and caught some nice pink in the eastern sky as the waves crashed around me. Very atmospheric 🙂

Fossil Island dusk seascape, Tasman Peninsula

Fossil Island dusk seascape, Tasman Peninsula

Visiting Fossil Island requires wading across from the car park – the tide was low for this visit, but I still got very good use out of my gumboots!

Fossil Island dusk seascape, Tasman Peninsula

Fossil Island dusk seascape, Tasman Peninsula

And even though the tide was low, there was plenty of wave action – one wave in fact was more than I was bargaining for and gave me and my camera a bit of a scare! All’s well that ends well though as they say…

Looking north across Pirates Bay from Fossil Island at dusk

Looking north across Pirates Bay from Fossil Island at dusk

 

Fossil Island long exposure seascape photography at dusk

The last shot at Fossil Island.Just after this shot an errant wave came and gave me a bit of a wake up call! I made a quick evacuation after that 🙂

After that I shot across to the Tessellated Pavement which is an awesome location to shoot the Milky Way. I landed a couple of “blue hour” Milky Ways before it got completely dark and the Milky Way literally shone in the complete darkness.

Blue hour Milky Way above the Tessellated Pavement.

Blue hour Milky Way above the Tessellated Pavement. Southern Cross visible in top right.

All in all a good little mini-adventure 🙂

Milky Way, Eaglehawk Neck, Tasman Peninsula

Milky Way in all its splendor. 1 minute exposure for the stars (with astro tracer) and 20 second exposure for the horizon/landscape details.

As always, many of these shots are available as prints through my online gallery. If you don’t see the exact shot you are after please feel free to get in touch as I am always happy to do custom orders 🙂

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Luke O'Brien runs a stall at Hobart's popular Salamanca Market every Saturday where his prints and cards are available for purchase. Follow Luke's photographic adventures on Twitter at @lukeobrienphoto, at his Facebook page or by subscribing to his email newsletter.