A long weekend means the chance to get away from little city life and head to peace and serenity. Our chosen location was Second Valley, about 170km south of Adelaide. I have friends who visit here regularly and the last time I went was when I was 4, so…
We packed the car with a huge tent, esky and a ton of food and started our long awaited, and much needed holiday. Having a 3 month old was going to be tough going camping, but as it turned out, she was the most settled and relaxed of us all!
Being away from the city lights allows for some spectacular star gazing opportunities, and I made sure my camera and Gorillapod tripod were packed. I was camping with my fellow photographer and friend, Brad and we made the effort to try and capture the Milky Way. Our photo session was directly after a few drinks, so I’m surprised we actually got some good shots out of it!
The only light pollution was from the lights from the jetty, but besides that, we still were able to capture most of the Milky Way in all it’s glory!
I had to focus on a star and hope for the best that the picture was sharp. I also pumped up the ISO to make sure that the starts didn’t drag across the sky too much.
In the end, we both were happy with what we got. brad even cut himself on the uneven rocks, but that was mainly due to the beers beforehand… oh dear!
The following day we all headed out around the corner to where we were the night before where there is a little cove. Brad pointed out some great spots to get a good shot (he’s been here before) and I was lucky to get a great angle of Second Valley. A bit of editing in Lightroom when I got home, and I’m pleased with how they all turned out! It was great to hang out and have time to enjoy the experience; it only served to fuel my enthusiasm more for my photography and encourages me to explore more of this great state I call home!