Astro Workshop – Landscapes By Moonlight

Last night the heavy smoke from the Tassie bushfires rolled in just at sunset. It made an incredible sunset but totally blew our star shots. We concentrated on trying to use the full moon to give us a unique perspective on the landscape.


Fuji Xt-10, 55mm, ISO200, 1/500th sec


Fuji XT-10, 55mm, f/5.6, ISO200, 1/500th sec

Here’s a shot as we were heading off to our shooting location, The Pinnacles and Two Caves. The sky was a most beautiful pink and purple hue. This was just after the sun set.


Fuji XT-1, 10mm, f/5.6, ISO1000, 1/60th sec

This shot was taken in the opposite direction to the Pinnacles. I was trying to get a shot of the faint Milky Way. You can really see the moonlight bouncing off the smoke filled sky blanketing the island very well in this shot.


Fuji XT-1, 18mm, f/2, ISO1000, 30sec

Two Caves at about midnight. You can see the Moonlight hitting the cliffs of Two Caves.


Fuji XT-1, 18mm, f/2, ISO1000, 30sec

And, when we accepted the fact that the stars were just not going to show themselves, we resorted to some light wizardry!


Fuji XT-1, 18mm, f/2, ISO640, 5sec – tripod mounted flash triggered remotely