About

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Ever since I visited the Mt Stromlo Observatory in Canberra as a child in the early 60’s, I’ve been captive to the stars. Those grainy black and white prints of the milky way that I bought then, that for years remained on my bedroom wall, filled me with wonderment and a desire to see more, and ultimately led me a few years ago to begin the journey into nightscape and astrophotography.
At the start it seems a steep learning curve, but with patience and practice comes a moderate degree of success. My inspiration for getting up in the pre-dawn darkness, or venturing out late at night to image the sky is partly the personal challenge, but also the hope that in some small way it might bring that same sense of wonderment to the viewer.

To capture the Milky Way as it arches across the sky or the planets falling into the twilight while trying to convey the emotion of that moment in time to the viewer, is a challenge that never ceases. Astrophotography allows us to see into the past, and the images made, show however imperfectly what our own non-digital eyes can only dream about.
A year ago, I moved from the rolling hills of the Central West, NSW – the place where fog is born, and where the icy dawn was my companion for many days. The night sky there was the darkest I’ve ever experienced, and in the silence, the Sagittarius Arm fell like diamonds and stardust across the landscape. The memory of frozen hands has travelled with me now to warmer climes in Jervis Bay on the South Coast of NSW where another chapter has begun.

For this past year, the soundtrack of my life has been the rhythmic movement of the ocean after the sun has gone – often lapping at my feet on some half seen moss covered rock platform, or the shoreline – while overhead star cities filled the sky. These have been extraordinary nights.

The Night Land and Night Shores – those dark solitary hours between the twilights. It is easy to harbour a fear of the dark. We live connected to light throughout our life, and find it difficult to head out into the night away from our suburban backyard and stand under the stars alone. The unfamiliar, the strangeness. But, whenever I’ve made that decision to abandon the car and walk along some lonely headland or across frozen fields to places like these, though it’s often been a challenge … the reward is priceless.

43 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi there
    Thank you very much for liking one of my first astrophotos. I just started with this hobby with virtually no equipment at all. I am really looking forward to learn more about this field of photography and I will follow your work!
    Greetings from the light polluted Zürich 🙂
    Charlie

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  2. Your astrophotography is easily some of the best I’ve seen, and your knowledge of astronomy is equally impressive. I could have gone through and clicked ‘like’ on each one, but after a certain point the act of doing so seemed redundant. Consider them all ‘liked’. I look forward to checking out more of your work.

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    1. Thanks for your comment, it’s much appreciated. I’ve waited many years to get into astrophotography and every day (night) there is a massive learning curve to climb. All I really need is loads of money to get it right and until then I persevere. I’m pretty happy with what can be achieved with fairly basic gear. And anyway I just love the time outside trying to capture something I can’t actually see with my eyes … And hours later reveal something people can look at.

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  3. Hello: As part of a technical condition of responding to a nomination, I have listed Alien Shores as a recommendation for the same Sunshine Award. It all seems a little hooky, but If you wish to pursue this please see my site at Mvschulze.wordpresss.com under the “Awards” Page.
And thank you for your time and effort in producing your most enjoyable posts. Sincerely, Mschulze.

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  4. Thanks for following “Eyes to Heart.” … Your images are lovely, and I’m really looking forward to getting a closer look at your Prague posts. I lost all my images of that beautiful city in the great laptop meltdown of 2010. … Thanks for sharing yours … Be well, Dorothy 🙂

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    1. Thanks Cee for these nominations … I’m very honoured. I’ll try to organise myself to meet the rules – that’s always the problem isn’t it, and it might take awhile as I am not too keen talking about me.

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  5. Thank so much for visiting my blog, liking a couple of posts and for following! I truly appreciate all and welcome your comments when you visit. I’m off to browse your images! Best, Robyn

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  6. Hi Wes, i seem to recall in one of your posts you explained your travel kit and use of iPad to transfer pix. I checked your archived travel posts, but don’t see it there. Could you perhaps point me to the post, or maybe a bit of advice? I like to shoot in RAW, have a Drop Box set up, but am stumped with card reader limitations and connecting to iPad. Best wishes, Liz.

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    1. Hi Liz … I also can’t find the actual post, however the method I think I was describing was to connect the camera to iPad with the Apple Camera Connection Kit (there is now a different kit available for iPad Mini), and it automatically guides you to download all Raw images directly onto the iPad’s Photo Library. This also preserves the full Raw image so for a typical 32GB ipad you store maybe 25GB of images (the rest is taken by apps). When home just connect iPad to PC or laptop to process the Raws.
      For my trip to Canada Rockies and Alaska Passage next week I plan to now take with me my new small MacBook Air with 2 portable 1TB drives and just download everything every night to the drives. I won’t be taking the iPad as I’m planning doing so much Timelapse I would need many of them !!
      Even my CF cards won’t help to store much as a typical TL “scene” like the fogbow uses about 4GB.
      Hope all this helps.
      Regards – Wes

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      1. Thanks very much for the info, Wes. Off to the Apple shop to check out the connection kit. Hoping to do a trial run before setting off. Yes, i can see your need for the TB external drives with your time lapse! Happy travelling, Liz.

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  7. Your photos are stunningly beautiful. I too could have gone through and likes every single one…. But thought that of seemed a bit stalkerish. Am so excited I’ve discovered your site.
    -tahira

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  8. Having just retired nine months ago now, and just settling down in a new home, I’m having time to circle back around to fellow bloggers who have paid visits to my blog in the past, and getting acquainted with their work. I’m so glad to go back through some of your wonderful posts I’ve just scanned through, and look forward to those to come.

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  9. Hello…

    I was recently ‘told off’ by a blogger (not a follower I might add), who said my style of ‘welcome’ note was very much against blogging etiquette. Hmm, well I hope not to cause offence, but as you volunteered to become a follower of Uncle Spike’s Adventures, I just wanted to catch up and say “thank you, and that I appreciate your ‘follow’ as there are so many interesting and entertaining blogs out there.

    Blogging since June 2013, my aim is to deliver an eclectic offering of posts, from my ‘point n shoot’ attempts at basic photography, to the sharing of my travel adventures over the decades, as well as day to day happenings here on our farm in Turkey. Oh, plus a few observations, opinions and lighter-hearted stuff thrown in for good measure.

    I normally keep to a couple of posts a day, maybe 3-4 at weekends if I have something special to share. But if you are at a loose end one day, maybe you’ll enjoy trawling through some of my older stuff too. I have added plenty of categories to help in said digging process. That’s not me trying to be pushy or ‘spamming’, but just want you to know what I’m all about.

    Thanks again and hope you have a great day…
    UNCLE SPIKE

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  10. I first saw your post for this week’s photo challenge and then read the timely post about your blog from Leanne Cole’s blog. Great pictures and I will surely spend some time to dig through your previous posts. Looking forward to more work from you!

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  11. Hi,
    Great photos!
    Can I possibly get your permission to use your photo of the Southern Cross here:

    in a custom made jigsaw puzzle for my sister? (a one off for her 47th birthday).
    Thanks! (hopefully).
    Simon

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    1. Thank you – Also impressed by your websites especially Smugmug. If I hadn’t already spent so much time and effort setting up Flickr I’d probably launch into that. You’ve set it up really nicely.

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  12. Hi Wes,
    what a delight to find your blog! Your photography is superb and your presentation most inspiring.
    Wishing you a wonderful Sunday,
    best regards from the North,
    Dina

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