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Canon EOS 5D Mark III
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30/1 second
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26 mm
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Jul 13, 2013, 8:49:09 PM
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Alone Under the Stars by octane2 Alone Under the Stars by octane2
Apologies for not updating/submitting work here for a while. I hope to get involved with DeviantART again.

On a whim, I decided a couple of weeks ago that I wanted to drive to a remote location for the next new Moon.

So, I ended up in Condobolin. The heart of NSW.

500 km later, after failing to find a road heading south-west to north-east to line up the Milky Way, I found myself in a state forest at least 50 km away from the nearest human. Remember, we're in the middle of the state far away from any real light pollution, already.

It was absolutely spectacular out there. The skies were dark even with the 20-25% illuminated Moon.

I found myself in complete and utter silence. Broken only by the music that is the delayed echo of a jumbojet at 36,000 feet, which is way past you by the time you hear the sound.

The trip was a bit of a mixed bag as I was plagued with clouds pretty much the whole time, except for a brief window on Saturday morning where the Pleiades and Orion were rising, and last night, in pockets.

So, not only did I get to go away and come back somewhat refreshed, I also got to make a few pictures.

Oh, and popped into Parkes to see the Dish yesterday, before driving back out bush for another night.

Here's a two image panorama portrait of a beautiful tree, set amongst the stars. The clouds add to the picture, I think.

I can't wait to go even further out next time.

Canon EOS-5D Mark III, Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
30s f/4.0 at 26.0mm iso3200
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JustLucky69 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
Blessed to be in a location where I can see the Milky Way myself. Your ability to capture its splendor is truly inspiring!
KarySky Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013

It is so beautiful and it appears so unreal, out of this world, that it almost looks like it's photoshoped. 

I love nature! 
immortaldesigns Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Truly stunning shot!
Anodesu Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I missed you SO much!

This shot is amazing, and I was lucky to witness it myself last weekend after travelling up north. The sheer number of stars just blew my mind. Amazing work!
troypiggo Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013
Lovely.   And yes, the clouds add something to it.

TheLennina Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013
Absolutely stunning.
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spelonberry Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
This is just magic.
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