Perth Milky Way

australian landscape photography, australian photographer, star photography

Wow what a trip!  I’ve just returned from an epic trip to capture the Milky Way about 6hrs out of Perth.  It all started off with Paul Pichugin and I discussing plans for a ‘short’ trip to do some Milky Way shots on the next new moon.  Well our short trip saw us driving deep into unsealed and often unmarked roads in an effort to escape Perth’s light pollution and the clouds that were closing in.

After driving 5hrs to our first destination we realised that it just wasn’t going to work because of the cloud.  While we were driving to this destination we started to see all sorts of weird lights in the sky.  Very spooky!  I’m sure science could explain the lights away but we couldn’t.  Then we had some random Kangaroo leap out in front of the car and proceed to start running in front of us for about 2km!   Obviously, the idea of running off to the side never entered its head.  Never seen anything like it and in the end I just sped up and overtook it.

After another hour driving to reach our second destination we realised we were going to have to cross a lake to get to where we needed to be.  Fortunately, the good old Rangie was up to the job and after a few moments of wondering if were we going to make it across or not she took up the challenge and were made it to the other side no problems at all.

Once we got there we were pretty excited as we looked up and saw just how bright the Milky Way was.  We lept out of the car even though it was saying it was -1 outside and started to snap away.

A 6hr drive for a 20 second exposure = crazy?  Perhaps but its what you need to do if you want to succeed.





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  1. Tim Wootton July 24, 2012 at 10:49 am #

    Well worth the effort Jamie, nothing like a mad road trip! Just found some of your tutorials on youtube!

  2. geoffbirrell July 24, 2012 at 12:12 pm #

    very nice post and very good information in it. thanks for the posting.

  3. Peta July 27, 2012 at 2:52 pm #

    Great story and sounded like an epic tip…well worth it though, great pic

    • Jamie Paterson August 5, 2012 at 9:12 am #

      Hi Peta. It was heaps of fun. We had a blast. 🙂

  4. Chun March 23, 2013 at 3:18 am #

    May I know where was this photo taken? I am going to Perth in May 2013, Thanks~

    • Jamie Paterson March 26, 2013 at 12:47 am #

      It was taken about 6.5hrs East of Perth. Very long drive!

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