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Pioneering Spirit

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"Pioneering Spirit"

Wallaces Hut, Alpine National Park, Australia

Orion The Hunter with his two faithful dogs by his side watches over Taurus The Bull.

Wallaces Hut was built in 1889 and is the oldest still standing mountain hut of the 106 huts in the Alpine National Park. Constructed from local timber as shelter for the cattlemen who used to drive their herds up the mountains to graze on the high country plains in summer, it is a great reminder of the early pioneers in Australia.

Jupiter shines bright on the left of frame just next to Aldebaran the red eye of The Bull. In the middle of frame is Orion which is probably the most recognisable constellation in the night sky with its distinctive 'belt' and 'sword' stars and the red super-giant Betelgeuse and blue super-giant Rigel. For anyone in the northern hemisphere Orion appears upside down in this image to what you are normally used to due to my location in Australia. The bright star on the right of frame is Sirius which is the brightest star in the night sky. A 60% moon off to the left of frame is lighting up the landscape. The front of the hut was light painted during the single 25 second exposure with a small led torch. I was so busy trying to get the lighting right that I didn't notice the satellite flare through the frame. A very nice surprise.

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SleepinDevil's avatar
Bloody brilliant work :) I definitely need to learn a lot more about lightpainting technique and attempt a scene like this. It's so beautiful! 
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Saddust's avatar
Awesome ! Did you edit it to add the stars, etc ?
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Thanks :D No I did not.  I don't travel to all these locations at all hours of the night just to "photoshop" in some stars over a daytime shot like some talentless hack who thinks that adding a few stars will get you a squillion likes on FB.  I never have and never will do that.  My passion is capturing the sky at night.  This is a single image taken at about 11pm at night.  The moon is lighting up the foreground, and I lightpainted the front of the hut. 
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Splendid work !
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your page is one of my favorite, also photos stile to, absolutely
1MsDaVinci's avatar
I am in awe... I never knew that so many stars could be seen. I live in Boston Massachusetts, and you can't see much at all. Thank you for sharing your wonderful talents with everyone.

Peace & Love,
Old Hippy Lady
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Thank you very much for the great feedback on my work :D I hope you can 'discover' the stars soon.
1MsDaVinci's avatar
YOU BET!!!!!!!!!!


peace & Love,
Old Hippy Lady ;~)
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Thank you very much :D
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your beautiful art is featurend within a poem – i hope you like it[link]
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Thank you very much :D
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you're most certainly welcome :D
LadyIolet's avatar
the atmosphere of this picture is absolutely great... love the explanation you gave as well, for someone like me, who doesn't know is what in the night sky.. this is just so nice to read - thank you
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Thank you very much for the great feedback :D I'm glad you like it
LadyIolet's avatar
*what is what :)
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