To end 2011, I went on a short road trip to New Norcia in Western Australia. The little town is the only monastic town in Australia and has buildings in a Spanish style of architecture. It’s certainly an interesting place for a visit. To get there, I drove through the beautiful Chittering region via Chittering Road. There are many citrus farms and a few vineyards along the way. So It’s worth to stop by and take some photos. Especially the hilly landscape is perfect for panorama photos.

Summer time is when the hays get harvested. So it’s easy to spot hays rolled up on the landscape. With the perfect lighting and scenery, you can always capture great pictures. The day was sunny with some clouds scattered across the sky. It was a perfect day for landscape photography. I always feel plain blue sky is boring on a photo. Clouds add texture and gives an image more dimension when looking at it.

When I got to New Norcia, it was 2pm and so I spent 3 hours to explore the town. I switched to my Mamiya 645 to capture the town on films. So I should post them when I get them processed and scanned. The purpose of this road trip was to capture some astronomy images and create a time lapse short clip of stars. I had to kill 3 hours somewhere, so I drove around the region for other photo opportunities.  With the hilly landscape, I could easily spot group of trees and sheep on the land. They are often picturesque and is impossible to leave the place without taking a shot.

The sky finally gets dark enough to photo astronomy. I realized there is a large space antenna near New Norcia. I knew it would be perfect with it on the foreground with stars exposing behind. However, it’s not for public access and I couldn’t find a better location to capture it from a distance. So I ended up at this open land with a tree as foreground. It wasn’t an easy night photographing astronomy. There were many bugs and mosquitos bothering and the place was pitch black. You have no idea what is around you that could attack you in the wild. That was the downside of being out alone taking astronomy images. The results were awesome though and I’m satisfied with the output. The next location is very likely to be at pinnacles in Jan, 2012. Looking forward to it.

New Norcia Star timelapse from Gary Wong on Vimeo.

  • Gary -

    Hi Dino,

    You got me mixed up with Gary Fong. The man invented Lightsphere!! To answer your question. The time lapse was done with almost 500 shots. The setting for each shot was 28mm, f2.8, iso3200 for 30sec. I had a 20sec break for each photo taken. The time lapse was done with a software called Time Lapse Assembler on the Mac with setting on 24fps. So the video is almost 21sec, that’s 24 x 21 = 508 frames. Hope this is clear.


    January 2, 2012
  • dino -

    i have the dome set, i love using it especially at night in a club, the light is really warm, and it looks like everyone has a tan. thank you for such a great invention, now on with my question:
    could you please explain how you set up your astron. video? how many shots did you take? what was your ap/shutter/iso. what lens did you use? what was the exposure time in each shot, i know how you got the star circle shot, that is brilliant but can you explain how you did the time lapse? this is something i’d like to try in the summer, thanks! again, i love your defuser!!!

    January 2, 2012

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