TAWBAS star party

Balancing Rock Milky Way by Barry Burgess

Photo of the Week for December 15, 2017

Balancing Rock Milky Way by Barry Burgess

One of the keys to taking eye-catching night-sky shots is to include an interesting foreground. And certainly, Nova Scotia’s famed Balancing Rock qualifies as “interesting.” It’s a 9-metre-high basaltic column that stands precariously isolated from a cliff face on the shore of St. Mary’s Bay. As photographer Barry Burgess recounts, “I wanted a picture that was a little different from the ones everyone takes from the viewing platform, so I went below and shot up. This enabled me to include more sky and a give a feeling of how massive this stone really is. I did not require any fancy lighting equipment—all I used was the screen of my cell phone to paint the rock with light.”

Barry made the 30-second exposure at ISO 1600 with a Canon EOS 6D DSLR camera and Rokinon 20mm wide-angle lens (working at f/2).

See More Photos of the Week

Enter the Photo of the Week Contest

Do you have a superb night-sky photo that you think might be Photo of the Week material? Click here to find out how to send your photo submission to us.

You could win one of five great prizes from Celestron, iOptron, Sky-Watcher, Mallincam, and Meade!

Categories: Photo of the Week
Celestron CGEMII Sale for April
Grasslands Park Dark Skies
iOptron Photron RC
Khan Scope
Ontario Telescope Pegasus Astro Ultimate Powerbox
Give the Gift of SkyNews