I thought I would put together what I consider to be my top ten images from 2012. Some of them are far from my most popular, but all of them hold great memories for me. In order of the date that they where taken.
This was the first time I tried stitching together a landscape astrophotography panorama. Stitching is far from perfect but it sparked a love affair of nightsky panos.
I researched and checked out this location months in advance. As soon as time and the weather allowed I headed back. By already being familiar with the location it was a lot easier to compose this shot.
“The Transit Of Venus”
Last chance in a lifetime event. By far the longest time I have ever spent on an image. Months of planning and experimentation to find the right technique. Two hours of setting up and packing away the gear on the day. Over 6 hours of imaging and about 10 hours of image editing to bring it all together into this single image.
“The Hanging Gardens”
9 image vertical panorama. The night I discovered the “magic moon” phase. Bright enough to light up the landscape, but not so bright to wash out the Milky Way.
“The Golden Mountain”
Cradle Mountain, Tasmania. Sometimes you just get lucky. Managed to get a break in the snow clouds which allowed the sun to bathe the mountain in soft golden hour light. The only sunlight I saw all day.
10 image panorama. Driving home from work a different way that I usually go I noticed this rock formation. A few hours later I had this shot.
“Beam Me Up”
Single 30 second exposure + twirling a head lamp around myself = fun under the stars. Really happy with how the light painting turned out in this.
“Earth, Air, Fire and Water”
My first time capturing an Aurora Australis display on camera after several failed trips.
Taken the very next night after the previous image. With the aurora display still going but not as strong as the previous night I wanted to try and find a nicer composition.
Wallaces Hut, Alpine National Park. After a month or so of not doing much photography due to work commitments and poor weather I was desperate to get away from the house as soon as work finished for the year.