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Split Point, Airey's Inlet Lighthouse, Victoria, Australia with the Southern Hemisphere's half of the Milky Way in the background.

It looks as if the light house is guarding the galaxy from disaster.

The moment I saw the result on my camera's LCD screen, I knew I had an amazing opportunity here. I stood there for a good hour in the blistering cold shooting long exposures. I wanted to capture the stars with as little Earth-rotation as possible. The Light house itself is lit from passing cars in the distance during the exposure.

I diddn't even notice the shooting star, but the camera did, in almost every exposure there were at least one.

This is a single exposure of 14mm, 400ISO, 2.8f, 69s

WINNER of 4th place in the Science category in the 2009 International Aperture awards [link]
GOLD award in the Science and Nature category of the 2010 AIPP National Awards
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OH...my god. I hope you understand how amazing this picture is. Just...exactly how amazing and beautiful and fantastic I find this picture. The lighthouse alone would be one thing, but the background is what really makes this picture. The colours are great, and I love that you caught a shooting star there too!

Your vision comes through 100%. Light from Earth reaching up to the stars. Beautiful.

Originality is there 100% as well. I've never seen this before. People often take pictures of the stars, but you chose to ground it with the lighthouse, and it definitely works, not grounding it at all in the bad sense, but drawing your eye up to the stars and making it stick out instead of being too flat.

Your technique is spot on too! Everything is sharp, the lighthouse isn't too dark or too light, the starry sky behind it is perfectly lit, and the angle is magnificent. And the overall impact? Do I even have to say it? 5 stars.

Wow, I'd love to be able to see this many stars in one place, with that beautiful scene before me, but since I can't, thank you for sharing it and allowing me some of that experience. Great job.
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orcasandwolves Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013
oh em gee is it really You.. HeMan
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:iconheeeeman:
heeeeman Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Professional Photographer
Nah he's my cousin, I'm far more powerful.
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THEbattlefart Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
this island earth
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ExplicitStudios Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Student Photographer
oh wow this is amazing!
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Blostma1 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013

Congratulations, your photograph has been featured in the group, Those-Lovely-Lights. You can view it here: [link]. :huggle:

~Blostma1
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AexF Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
puh .. thats really awsome.
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thanksthatisenough Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013
your lovely work is featured at :iconwater-and-nature-art: - have a look please and enjoy [link]
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heeeeman Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Professional Photographer
cheers :)
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Aurelieromanse Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
wow!
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maniac82 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
amazing...
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CorSecAgent Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This has to be my favorite.
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lukekido Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
Magnific
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jatomlinson Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
I LOVE THIS!!
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takmaj Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
wooooooooooooooow! ypu're my master!
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Faith1God Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012
GREAT
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PRibeiro Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
great job



visit my gallerie and coment ..please...
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krigl Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
Just awesome....... would you mind if Everyland added this and a couple of other shots to our travel photography gallery...?
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heeeeman Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Professional Photographer
no probs :)
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krigl Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
Thanks very much!!!
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Sleepwalker1803 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing work! :wow:
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JackMolotov3 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
one of the most epic things I've seen on this site so far. Enjoy a llama good sir!
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heeeeman Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Professional Photographer
Glad you enjoyed it :)
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guiseppe Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
There aren't enough words in all the world's languages to express my jealousy right now. Simply an amazing shot.
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heeeeman Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thankyou :)
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bashir7 Featured By Owner May 14, 2012
WOW I like it
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Baycala Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
is the 69s how many seconds you exposed it?
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heeeeman Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Professional Photographer
That's right
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Astronovi Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Student General Artist
Beautiful, just beautiful! I LOVE IT! The meteor looks perfect! :D
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heeeeman Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Professional Photographer
:dance:
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Astronovi Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Student General Artist
:lol:
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livinladolcevita Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Yay! This deviation has been featured on the #Scapelicious latest feature journal! :meow:
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heeeeman Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thanks :)
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LiliWrites Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
:iconjawdrop:
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xxConniexx Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
This is amazing!
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heeeeman Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Professional Photographer
Cheers :)
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Samurai-Indy Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Student Photographer
I"ve already commented on what an amazing photo this was but I'm curious to know, how did you get it so well in focus? I can't seem to get to right when I take picture of the stars and it seems every time I have a goo photo it's actually out of focus. Is there a trick to getting it in focus? I have trouble because it's so dark.
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heeeeman Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Professional Photographer
Yes there is a trick, one that I learnt while doing this shot. This one I auto focused on the light house as a car drove by, but now I take a torch with me where ever, and shine it on the foreground, auto focus, then change it to manual focus before I take the shot, that way it's in focus before I open the shutter. Then I can turn off the torch and take the shot.
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Samurai-Indy Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Student Photographer
Great, thanks.
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Cameron-Jung Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
round the twist was one of my favourite shows when i was a kid...i love it!
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heeeeman Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Professional Photographer
Best show ever!
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Katakana1 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011
Wow! Awesome.
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Katakana1 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011
Wow! Awesome.
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rainboww-horror Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011  Student General Artist
You've been featured in my new journal..(link)!:squee:
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heeeeman Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thanks :)
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rainboww-horror Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Student General Artist
You're welcome:)
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pauljavor Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Professional Photographer
wow :wow: very great :clap:
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vtangophotography Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011
great exposure and processing...!
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GraphiteColours Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi! You've been featured here: [link]
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Lethalxr0se Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow :heart: stunning !!! great work
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cheri1910 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011
Fantastic!
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Camera Data

Make
NIKON CORPORATION
Model
NIKON D700
Shutter Speed
69/1 second
Aperture
F/2.8
Focal Length
14 mm
ISO Speed
400
Date Taken
Jun 18, 2008, 6:11:28 PM
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Adobe Photoshop CS5 Windows
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