Moonlit Mitchell Falls Star Trails

In the first from the Kimberley Tour, here’s an image of Mitchell Falls with star trails under bright moonlight!

I’ll be talking more about the fantastic tour over time, but with limited time to process images I wanted to get something out there 🙂

This image was taken at about midnight on the 3rd July, after Ken and I trekked back to Mitchell Falls under moonlight (a 1.5 hour walk with 2 river crossings) to photograph the falls at night and to also catch the first light in the morning before the group headed off to Bell Gorge.

The Moon was practically overhead and was only 2 days from full, so the falls lit up light daylight using a long exposure.

Moonlit Mitchell Falls Star Trails

Moonlit Mitchell Falls Star Trails

We ‘slept’ on the rock ledge overlooking the falls, but it got so cold at around 3am that it was too hard to sleep. The rock ledge had lost all its warmth from the day’s sunlight, the cold wind picked up, and I hadn’t prepared for the cold and didn’t have a sleeping bag.

The foreground is a single 25s exposure with the Canon 5D Mk II and Samyang 14mm lens @ ISO2500, f/2.8. The sky is 3 lots of 15 minute exposures stacked (45 minutes total), with each exposure @ ISO200, f/9.

A timelapse from the night can be seen here: Mitchell Falls Moonlit Timelapse.

More to come in the next few days!

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