Weekend Wanderings – Looking for the Stars at Aireys Inlet
Searching for the Milky Way and places to photograph it have become a bit of an obsession for me, I think. I have been out to take photos of it with John Holding a couple of times, and we had scheduled a trip down to Sorrento, but he saw the images I had taken at Aireys Inlet and expressed an interest. I didn’t mind going back, so on Monday we went there to see what we could find.
The plan was to get there earlier, check some places out around the lighthouse, photograph the sunset, have some dinner some where and then back to do the milky way. After looking around the lighthouse, we went down to the beach. The wind was really strong and I was trying to get the sand flying over the beach. You can see it so easily with your eyes, but it is so hard to capture it with your camera. We also photographed the waves as they crashed in. I was using my 80-200mm 2.8 lens to photograph these.
The sunset looked so promising. We had gone back down to the beach to get the sunset. It was an okay sunset, but it was what was happening behind that got the best images.
It was so pink. I loved it. I should have taken a lot more images from here. The cloud cover was larger and the colours were so intense. I can’t wait to get some filters to try doing this more. I had change my lens back to the 24-70mm, though when I put the Cokin Neutral Density filter on to slow the water down, I noticed I couldn’t use 24mm, I had to zoom out until you couldn’t see the filter ring, which is a bit annoying. So, yes, we did photograph water as well, then it was off to dinner. There aren’t a lot of places to eat in Aireys Inlet, but the local pub, The Aireys Pub, was friendly and the meals were really nice.
Then back to the beach for the milky way. There was some cloud initially, but we didn’t let it bother us. We took some on the bit of beach we had been to earlier. I changed my lens again to the 14-24mm to take the milky way. I can’t believe I went out in one day and used three different lenses, that must be a record for me. It is something I need to get better at doing, changing my lens and not being lazy.
This one was taken at the bottom of the lighthouse, something John really wanted to try. So I thought I would give it a go too. Looking straight up the side of the lighthouse to the milky way.
Though, I think this may have been my favourite in the end. I love the way the milky appears to be coming out the top of the light house. I do love it when you go out to take photos and have a great time and get some great photos.
I am looking forward to seeing John’s photos and we decided that we would link to one anothers blogs today, so you could see them as well, his blog is John Holding. If you are interested in Astrophotography John did an up for discussion post on it a couple of weeks ago, Up for Discussion – Astrophotography. I am going to put more photos in a gallery now. I hope you enjoy my trip to Aireys Inlet, and plan on some doing some wandering yourself this weekend. It is getting too late to do the milky way, but the full moon is next week, so I have started planning trips around it.