Ledge Point Camping Trip 2012

Back in October 2012 I organised a trip with a large group of mates to head up to Ledge Point for a taste of camping and a serious try and some star trail photography. The weekend (20-21st Oct 2012) was a real blast and to be quite honest could barely be considered “real” camping as the site had fantastic facilities like a bbq pit, kitchen area, an ablution block with showers and toilets!

I had spent a lot of time picking the window of opportunity and actually made sure the trip coincided with the Orionids meteor shower so our star trail photography would be very exciting!

It actually took me out of my comfort zone to drive in the middle of the night which my car’s shocking headlamps and head away from all signs of civilisation. To say the least it was a good bonding trip with my mates and fellow photographers Wendy, Aaron and Manchoon. As Wendy and I fought our nerves striving into the pitch black whilst Aaron and Manchoon quite honestly couldn’t care less as they followed dirt paths into bush.

Unfortunately I wasn’t able to come out with any real success for star photography but I did learn quite a lot of things about it.

  1. Bring a head lamp with infrared leds – This helps preserve night vision rather than the white light torches we used in between shots
  2. Wrap your camera and lenses with a towel and some hand warmer pads to fight off condensation.
  3. Meteor showers peak ~3am local time. Try not to be asleep.
  4. Music helps keep thoughts from straying to the sounds of dogs howling in the distance.
  5. My friends who not only push me out of my comfort zone but support me whilst I’m there are awesome.

So check out the gallery and keep in mind with the beacon on the car, that shot was taken at f4, ISO800 with a 30sec shutter speed. I had to further increase the exposure in Lightroom so the car was even visible… imagine what it was like for us in the dead of the night! Enjoy~

Pinnacles Group Action

Pinnacles Group Action

Pinnacles Panorama

Pinnacles Panorama

Beetle

Beetle

Pinnacles Group action

Pinnacles Group action

Pinnacles

Pinnacles

Fellow mate and photographer at the Pinnacles

Fellow mate and photographer at the Pinnacles

The fog creating a cone of light

The fog creating a cone of light

The fog creating a cone of light

The fog creating a cone of light

The beacon on the car!

The beacon on the car!

Cabin in the Night

Cabin in the Night

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