21 Feb, 2017. Orion The Hunter, and his quarry
I’m sorry about the pun there (not really). Orion was on its way over the western horizon for the night and Sirius was beaming brightly above the constellation known as “The Hunter” when I captured this shot at 01:30 this morning. The “quarry” in the title is a disused basalt quarry at Bombo Point, aka “Bombo”, in New South Wales, Australia. Bombo Quarry is a very popular location for sunrise photographs plus there are lots of almost terrifying photos online of the site during big seas and stormy skies. This was my first trip to the quarry but as it was a weeknight I had to be up again for work this morning and had to make my stop there much shorter than I wanted.
Some of the cliff face in my photo is lit up by the Kiama Lighthouse, which is about 2 kilometres south of this location. Although this spot is about 100km from our country’s largest city of Sydney it too suffers from light pollution in certain directions due to increasing urban development and the lights of a nearby sewage treatment works. The sky to the left of Orion has the telltale glow of nearby sodium lamps. If you’ve read this far you deserve to be rewarded with an interesting fact. According to scientists this site contains a geological feature known as the "Bumbo Latite Member”, which is of international scientific significance as it was formed when North and South Magnetic Poles were reversed! How cool is that!
Two overlapping shots stitched together. Each shot was captured with Canon EOS 6D, Rokinon 24mm @ f/2.8, 13 sec @ ISO 6400.