Balancing Rock Milky Way by Barry Burgess
Balancing Rock Milky Way (Barry Burgess)
Balancing Rock Milky Way by Barry Burgess

Photo of the Week for December 15, 2017 One of the keys to taking eye-catching night-sky shots is […]

Photo of the Week for December 15, 2017

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.”

Balancing Rock Milky Way by Barry Burgess
Balancing Rock Milky Way (Barry Burgess)

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).

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