Bungle Bungles Star Trails

The Bungle Bungles (Purnululu National Park) was definitely one of the highlights of my Kimberley Photographic Tour. And what an amazing place at night!

After showing some of the tour group what I had photographed at night at Cape Leveque, quite a few were keen to join me when I had tried to arrange a night sky trip out to the Bungle Bungles.

Cheryl, our guide, was amazing and I’m so thankful to her for driving us back into the Bungle Bungles (a 30 minute drive from our camp) at 9pm at night so I could get the type of nightscape shots with the Bungle Bungles that I was after.

Bungle Bungles Star Trails

Bungle Bungles Star Trails. Buy this Print

We ended up with 8 of us out on Piccaninny Creek (including Ken Duncan) as I helped them master the correct settings of their DSLR to capture beautiful night sky images with the Bungle Bungles in the foreground. The whole group were so pleased with what they captured, and many of them still recall it as one of the highlights of the whole tour.

In this image, the Bungle Bungle beehive domes are lit by the setting crescent Moon in the West while the star trails show 30 minutes of the Earth’s rotation towards the South Celestial Pole.

Captured with a Canon 40D, 17-40mm lens @ 17mm, ISO1000, f/4, 30 x 1 minute exposures stacked using StarStax and processed in Photoshop CS5.

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