Weekend photography adventure - Milky Way/Light Painting

So I love wide angle astrophotography and light painting, so I decided why not combine the two and take a trek out to the Pinnacles during a new moon!

This was planned a few weeks in advance with accommodation, travel, gear lists etc. carefully considered and check listed.

In the end it was cold, wet, windy and cloudy for most the weekend, but thankfully there was some breaks in the clouds!

Initial testing of the spot light placed behind a Pinnacle to make it look like there's a vertical beam of light coming out the top.  To the naked eye the spot light looked pretty much like a straight beam, but check out how much the light spreads out at the bottom! Experimenting is fun!

Initial testing of the spot light placed behind a Pinnacle to make it look like there's a vertical beam of light coming out the top.

To the naked eye the spot light looked pretty much like a straight beam, but check out how much the light spreads out at the bottom! Experimenting is fun!

Not having much time to set up and take pictures I just set up my little mirrorless in continuous mode and let it take a heap of pictures while I worked the LED light panel. This picture is more luck than skill hehe

Not having much time to set up and take pictures I just set up my little mirrorless in continuous mode and let it take a heap of pictures while I worked the LED light panel. This picture is more luck than skill hehe

What do you do after a long night in the Pinnacles? You get up early to catch the sunrise of course! Those rock looking things are actually stromatolites!

What do you do after a long night in the Pinnacles? You get up early to catch the sunrise of course! Those rock looking things are actually stromatolites!

Despite the weather not cooperating, I still had an awesome time and am already planning the next photography adventure!!