N I G H T S C A P E R Photo Award to ...
Milkyway over #AyersRock
, Australia. Congratulations to Tim Niewand (aka Tee MC and Tim Nie). “Since I was a little boy, I wanted to travel Australia, because my auntie Gabi, who lives there, visited us every year in Germany and brought me little gifts from home. I remember, she once gave me a box with different stones. On that box was a picture of Ayers Rock and I think this is how everything started,” says Tim. || Please show support to our guest artists by visiting their IG gallery.
MORE from Tim: A couple of weeks ago, the day was about to come, we entered the national park, set my gear up, took a couple of shots until blue hour and waited for the milky way to rise. As the darkness kicked in, you were able to see so many stars in front of that impressing landscape, my @skywatcherusa
tracker was perfectly aligned and I was getting really calm and excited at the same time - soon one of my life goals was supposed to be fulfilled.
Unfortunately reality kicks in when you dream too much and don’t focus enough - a ranger showed up and told us to leave; you need a permit to stay over night. I tried a lot, but failed by trying to convince her. I could have gotten angry, but in the end, this place belongs to the aboriginal people and they feel the park has to recover over night from visitors, and no matter how this might look to me, I wanted to show my respect and left for good. A permit takes up to 14 days and I wasn’t able to stay that long. As a lot of photographers give you the feeling that a composite can’t be as good as a single exposure, I thought at first, I totally failed, but I also noticed, that I was able to achieve my goal as an artist, with all my photographic skills, using my own work and skill set I developed over the past months and that makes me really proud!
In the end, I wasn’t able to get the picture I planned, but an Artwork, that gave me satisfaction.
EXIF: Composite / Tracked / Stacked. Sony A7R & Sigma 24mm Art • Sky: 12 exposures | 60 sec | f2.0 | ISO 1250 • FG: 30 sec | f8.0 | ISO 200 .