Milky Way Galaxy over the Domes of the Bungle Bungles

You know the skies are dark when you can see the Milky Way overhead, even when there’s a more than half-moon shining brightly high in the west sky. And that’s what it was like at the Bungle Bungles.

This image is an 8 frame panorama, taken on Piccaninny Creek bed with my Canon 5D Mk II and Samyang 14mm f/2.8 lens, while the Canon 40D was taking a star trails image.

Arching Milky Way over the Bungle Bungles

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Seeing the arching milky way over the domes of the Bungle Bungles reminds me of those fantastic two nights in Purnululu National Park – a stunning array of domes, cliffs, gorges, bushland and dark dark skies.

Each frame was a 30s exposure, f/2.8 ISO3200. Panorama created using Auto Pano Pro, and the image was processed in Photoshop CS5.

I was very excited to see this image chosen as NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) for September 11th, 2012. What a thrill!

I have since written a detailed guide on how I captured and processed the image, How To: Capturing and Processing the Arching Milky Way over the Bungle Bungles.

You can see the rest of my pics from the Kimberley Tour by browsing the Kimberley tag posts.

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