WAITING FOR THE
ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY by Joseph Cali
Winner - 2016 Untracked DSLR section of Astronomical Association of Queensland annual astrophotography contest
Mt Bromo billows ash, Semeru expels lava illuminated steam, lightning strike, Milky Way overhead.
Volcanic ash, clouds of steam mixed with sulfur dioxide billow off Mt Bromo, Java, Indonesia passing behind Batok, the dormant volcano in the foreground. Unseen, hundreds were climbing to watch sunrise from the rim. This photo was taken on the first day the climb was reopened (March 13, 2016) following the November 2015 eruption. Behind Batok and Mt Bromo in the distance is Semeru, the largest volcano and highest peak on Java. A small puff of ash and steam emanating from Semeru is illuminated by the glowing magma. In the far distance, a large thunderstorm is in progress, the anvil and lightning seen in this exposure. Framed by the milky way. At latitude -8, the south celestial pole sits just above and to the left of Semeru.
Pentax k5 ISO3200 7 x 20s exposures Pentax 12mmf4 ED lens.The lightening, stars, and Mt Bromo were in one 30 s exposure, the puff of steam lit red by lava was taken
4 mins later. The landscape was black in the 30s exposure so I added 7 images to get some detail on the land.
Camera : Pentax K5 DSLR ISO 3200
Pentax 12-24mm ED AL (IF) operating as 12mm
Sky, stars, Mt Bromo and lightning................30s @ f4 x1 sub
Red gaseous eruption Semeru.......................30s @ f4 x1 sub (taken 4 mins later)
Landscape around base of Bromo & Batok......30s @ f4 x7 subs (taken over a 10 min period)
3rd place - 2016 Untracked DSLR section of Astronomical Association of Queensland annual astrophotography contest
Pentax K1 ISO3200 93s exposure Pentax 18mm f3.5 lens